I spent a great deal of my life always trying to be someone / something other than what I was. It has been only since I decided to accept myself for who I am, and others will have to accept me for who I am, that my life started going in a really good direction.
Greatness Begins with Gratitude
Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what you want. – Margaret Young
Our society tends to lead people astray, breeding dissatisfaction when their lives don’t match the magazine covers. Unfortunately, having more won’t change a heart that always sees less. Nor will it unearth your potential to shine brightly through your business.
Years ago, I could easily have been categorized as one of those people who was trying to live life backwards. I kept thinking that I had to make it big, in order to do big things.
What’s the big problem with always seeking more?
You never really learn to do amazing things with what you already have.
God gives so much to each one of us, and too often we brush our gifts aside for want of a different job, a different relationship, a different “something.” It’s not just about being who you really are, as the quote above states, but also being content right where you are with what you’ve been given.
That doesn’t mean that “right where you are” is where you are destined to remain. But forward movement begins with forward thinking. You must first acknowledge what you have, before you can learn how to leverage it into what you want.
Whether you like it or not, entrepreneurship stretches, molds, beats and blesses. You shouldn’t waste precious energy bucking against it. Instead, catch the wave, keep your mind and heart open to opportunity, and find a way to enjoy the ride.
It’s a choice to be grateful right where you are each day, no matter what challenges you are facing. The riches of life lie in the journey, and the rewards come to those who know the priceless value of the process. In those moments of awakening is where you will find the life you’ve always wanted appearing right in front of your nose.
What are you doing to acknowledge, embrace and leverage the riches in your life right where you are? Dr. Shannon Reece