It is that time again. The time for another season of American Idol. The one thing that I am always reminded about when I watch young performers, is their determination to "make it". For each of them I think their idea of success may differ. Some want to be a star, some just want to be able to write and perform their music and be able to support themselves. But, the one common thread that flows through every successful person whether it be the music industry, business or fitting into a bathing suit for summer, is the relentless determination and focus that they put forth.
These people have a goal in mind. They know what they want to achieve. They may not always know exactly how to get there. And, they do not achieve their goals alone. There may be derailments along the way, obstacles in their path and they may lose sight of their vision at times. No one who has succeeded in their chosen field has done it without sacrifice and pain. But, the difference between achieving your goal and not, is
the ability to pick yourself up, brush off the dirt and start again.
For everything we do in life, there are ups and downs. There are always new challenges to face when trying to achieve a goal. It is how you face these challenges that will make the difference. I have certainly had my challenges the last 9 years. Walking away from a secure Nursing job to follow my dream of opening my own business was at times terrifying. I had many challenges along the way and I made a lot of mistakes. But, I never looked at mistakes as something bad. I looked at each mistake as a learning experience. I know, it sounds corny. But, most mistakes are what you make them. I have always tried to turn each error in judgment, each mistake into something positive. What can I learn from this? How can I prevent from repeating this? Instead of creating negativity, I try to turn lapses, errors in judgement into a positive lesson. And, I think this can be carried over into almost every aspect of your life.
Success or failure, and life in general is what we want it to be. Turn negatives into positives. Don't let anyone or anything derail you from your path. You are in control so make it happen.
Till next time,
"Monitoring, Mentoring, Motivation"