Your Civil War
Splay your soul out on the floor, all of it, everything you are and everything you are not. Ponder the display before you. Get a white-knuckle grip on your core and think about who you are versus who you want to be. Scrape up everything you are not but want to be, and record your excuses for holding back on life. What’s stopping you? This is a safe place, dabble in all those thoughts you don’t share with others. Be brutally honest with yourself. What’s keeping you from being yourself? The answer is you. It’s always you.
You are tolerating sacrificing yourself for a variety of reasons; you don’t have time, you're too tired, you don’t have the money, you’re not smart enough, on and on – all invalid excuses for not conquering yourself. You may be broken or disadvantaged but you do not have to stay that way. What seems impossible is often a mere state of mind. The world abounds with proof of individuals overcoming seemingly impossible situations; Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai, Nelson Mandela, Helen Keller, Marlee Matlin, Nick Vujicic, Stephen Hawking, Ludwig van Beethoven just to name a very few. These individuals are not super humans, they do not have one up on you, they are made of the same DNA you and I are. They obsessed and focused on what they wanted, they experienced miserable failures but never quit. With time, their failures and obstacles became stepping stones as their goals materialized.
So, it bears repeating, your excuses for settling are invalid. Fight the war in your head and win at your life. Take on the biggest obstacle you can imagine and have at it relentlessly. Don’t stop until the obstacle is pulverized and has no more influence over you! No exceptions, no excuses, no regrets. Overcome the ape.
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