“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions”
– Stephen Covey
Being asked the question, “What’s your favorite quote?” usually leaves me stumped because I always have the hardest time coming up with just one. I think there are so many inspirational quotes for various situations; I have a running list saved on my phone of quotes that make me smile at various points throughout the day. But if there was one phrase that I think could relate to my life thus far (a semester away from graduation, please don’t remind me, it gives me anxiety), it’s this one by Stephen Covey. Nothing grinds my gears more than when people complain about their current situation yet make ZERO effort to change it. I genuinely believe that there is a solution to every situation you will ever find yourself in. It doesn’t necessarily mean you will like that solution, but you do have options.
People spew their disdain for others that (on the outside) seem to have the perfect life; they run their mouth on and on until they’re blue in the face. NEWSFLASH: the time it took to verbally bash another individual, you could have done something productive to change your personal situation that you seem to be so dissatisfied with. I made a personal vow to myself 2 years ago this January to stop comparing myself to other people and live a happy life. I look at the society we live in and we are all guilty of being too quick to judge other people without having even the slightest idea of the hurdles they’ve overcome in life. Some of the happiest people you know, have most likely spent countless nights crying themselves to sleep over something you never could imagine they’re going through. In my opinion everyone has fought (and will fight) their own battles in their own way. Something that seems like a minor bump in the road to you, could be like a huge mountain to climb in the eyes of someone else.
I tend to digress… and ramble. Whoops. My purpose is connecting this quote to real life; for you to make a personal commitment to yourself, to not sell yourself short. If you want it, you can achieve it. It may take a while to get there, but the first step is leaving your comfort zone, and that can be the hardest one. I think dreams are one of the most powerful things we as human beings can have. All of our dreams are different, and we all have different ideas on how we think we should act on them, that’s what makes us unique. Just because you are where you are right now, whether it be in college hating your major, or in a job that makes you want to pull your hair out on a daily basis, you can make a change. Truly successful people did not get to where they are now, by being handed what they have on a silver platter. There is nothing more rewarding than working your butt off for something you really want, and achieving it. The intrinsic reward is more rewarding than someone just handing it to you with a bow on top. Before I turn this into a political soapbox, my point is short and sweet: you can always improve your situation. The hardest part is taking that initial step, no matter how small it is in the grand scheme of things.
Start today and make a commitment to yourself that you will live a happy life, a life with no regrets, and a life full of love and laughter. If you don’t like where you are, move. Make a change. It’s never too late. Tomorrow brings a new day and a fresh start.
Change is inevitable, you’ll like it more if it was your decision in the first place.
Take the first step. I dare you 🙂