Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo. Give me please just a minute of your time to try to brighten your day. I know that life is not always the way we want it to be. Life is not fair, so we are left to deal with reality. You can do it. I can do it; in the end we have to do it. In the end we have to deal with reality.
Let’s say there are three versions of the life we lead. There is the life we want, the life we believe we can have and the life lead day in and day out. So what drives us? We all have a dream don’t we? More than hitting the lottery, if you could write you own life story, what would you write? The live you wish you had is what motivates you to chase your dreams. The life you believe you can have is where you think you will more than likely end up. Then there is the reality of your day to day life. The closer you can get those three visions to line up, the happier you will be. That is what I believe.
So, I ask you again. What is your dream life? If you could write it down on paper, what would you write? Now, I ask you this question. Do you think that the life you wish you have is possible? If the answer is yes, you are more than likely doing something every day to get closer to that life. If the answer is no, no you do not believe your dream life is possible; then you are still doing something, you are doing something to get you close to the life you believe you can have. If you truly believe you will hit the lottery you will buy lottery tickets; if you do not believe you will hit the lottery, you won’t buy lottery tickets. It is that simple. In the end you will do the things you believe you can get done, not the things you wish you can get done. Do you see where I am heading? Finding balance between your wishes, your beliefs and your reality are very important.
Why do people give up? Why do people seem to self-destruct? I believe it is when people feel like they do not deserve anything better or more than what they already have. What they wish for is so far out of sight and what they believe is less than what they can really accomplish. This is a total loss of hope. Again, this is why I believe there is a need for balance in what you are wishing for, what you believe and your reality. Yes it all sounds so simple, and really it is just that simple.
It is easy to want the best in life. Advertisement agencies develop campaigns every day that you deserve the best. It doesn’t matter if it is fast food or luxury cars. You deserve the best. The only question is do you believe it? I am not talking about the angry customer who wants something for nothing. I am talking about the person who is happy with their life and their choices. Are you happy with your choices? Do you believe that you deserve the best? If so, it will be easier for you to deal with your reality.
We all have to deal with reality, but that does not mean we cannot change our reality. If it is possible then it is possible for us to be a part of it. If it is probable, then it is more than likely that we will try, at least once. So there is your possibility which might not happen; your probability, which will more than likely happen and your reality which is happening now. Things change because you apply your energy to change them. Either you change things or things will change you. If you do nothing, than slowly but surely life will pass you by and time will rob you not only of your dreams, but also of the things that you could have had. Time will rob you of your possibilities and your probabilities if you let it.
Now, people can also rob you of your dreams. People can be very negative and take away not only what is possible for you, but also take away what is probable for you. Let’s say you want to be a Singer but you are working at a deli. So maybe you are in line for a promotion at the deli, and maybe there is a tryout for a talent show. Negative people will convince not to try for either. They will tell you that you are dreaming and you need to know your place. Negative people have lost hope of their dream so they do not want to see you reach your dream. So not only will they kill your dream, that talent show tryout; they will kill your promotion at the deli also. You are the one who in the end will have to deal with the reality, either you tried or you let someone else talk you out of trying.
Deal with your reality. Believe in your dreams. Make sure the life you want and the life you believe you can have line up with your reality. Do not let negative people crush your dreams to the point where you no longer want to even try for the life you want. Make sure the life you believe you can have is better than the life you are already living. Bad things happen when you feel like you do not deserve the best in life.
Aces are plain and simple the highest card in the deck of cards. Put Four Aces together and you have the highest hand in Poker. So are those the aces I am talking about in this post? No, I am talking about a different kind of A.C.E.S. – Appreciate, Commit, Excel and Sacrifice. Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo where I will challenge you to be great. You see I am challenging myself to be great and I am putting my thoughts here in cyberspace for all to see.
Come with me for 60 Seconds and see if you can relate. Aces are people who are known to be great at the things they do. But how did they get there? I believe in a very simple formula. A.C.E.S. – Appreciate, Commit, Excel and Sacrifice. Those are the four steps it takes to be great. That and a little patience, but we will get to that. The first step is Appreciate.
All of us have been given a gift, a talent. We did not earn it, it has always been there. Step one in using this gift is to appreciate the fact that you have been given a gift you did not earn. Appreciate your talent enough to practice it, hone it, study it and learn from those who have been at it for longer than you. Don’t be afraid; find a way to be thankful for who you are and what is already inside of you. Appreciate your talents and find yourself.
A.C.E.S. – Appreciate, Commit, Excel and Sacrifice. If Appreciate is Step One, than Commit is Step Two. Commit to you gift, commit to your talent. Now it is time to set a time-table and stick to a schedule. If you want to be a great musician, set a practice schedule. If you want to be a great Athlete, Chef, Artist or Business Person; set a practice schedule. If you will not commit, you will always be out done by those who have a gift similar to yours and will use their time to increase their talent level. A.C.E.S. Commit!
Excel; Step three is Excel. If you truly appreciate your gift, and you have made the commitment to your talent, it is natural that you will Excel. Expect it, anticipate it, respect it and do not let it go to your head. Remember, your talent is a gift. If you truly appreciate it, you will understand that when you excel, it is still beyond anything you could earn on your own. You can and will excel. Remember don’t be afraid, embrace the fact that you have put your time in and be thankful for your gift. Appreciate your gift, Commit to your talent and Excel.
A.C.E.S. – Appreciate, Commit, Excel and Sacrifice. You can measure your level of commitment by what you are willing to sacrifice. The more time that you spend respecting your talent, the harder you work to retain your new-found level of excellence, you will have to make choices. You will have to sacrifice at times. There will be times when you will have to miss one thing to tend to another. These choices, the times you may have to choose working over playing is part of the price you will pay to excel. Life is full of barriers, but once you get over them, things can get easier. Trust the fact that you might have to sacrifice to reach your goals. A.C.E.S. are willing to make these Sacrifices. Are you willing to sacrifice for a gift you did not earn? Are you willing to look at your schedule twice and make the choices that will keep you on track? Once your reach a certain level of excellence, you must commit to maintain that level, and you must appreciate your talents and your gifts. It does not mean you will sacrifice everyday, but it does mean you will have to make choices from time to time.
A.C.E.S. – Appreciate, Commit, Excel and Sacrifice.