The Importance of a Positive Outlook!

We often underestimate the power of optimism and pessimism. Your thoughts govern your tomorrow! Hope you like the story! Don’t forget to like, share and subscribe! Have a great day 🙂

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The cold wind made the thin branches shiver, and the last leaf on the old tree gently floated downwards, and found a corner on the ground. It could slowly feel itself growing weaker. It began to shrivel up, and lose it’s bright green colour. Or was it just imagining things?

The leaf stared up at the oak, with bloodshot eyes. They shone with passion, deep hatred and a desire for revenge.

‘Why did you give up on me so easily?’, it questioned.

The oak turned it’s eyes towards the powerless leaf on the ground, which struggled to gain a hold onto the ground, and not let the chilly wind blow it away to strange, mysterious lands.

‘You gave up on yourself- you didn’t want to live through the winter.’

The leaf supressed a desire to belt out insensitive words. It looked back at the last few weeks of its life, carefully analysing each moment- the weeks before the chilly North wind shook the trees and weak leaves found new homes on the ground.

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The sunlight filtered through the clouds, falling in patches on the ground.

The clouds lazily floated across the sky.
The trees stared up at the sky. The clouds resembled bales of cotton. A soft breeze blew through their branches. Winter would be here in a month.

The leaves grumbled. They hated the winter! It would freeze the water in their veins, and make them weak. They would begin to lose their colour, and eventually die.

It was as if they knew they were going to die. On the outside, they grumbled and couldn’t understand why they had to go through all this. On the inside, they knew that their end was near, and that each one of them would eventually be lying on the cold, hard ground.

The oak tree let out a sigh. Wrinkles crept into its bark, and it began to pity its leaves. Were they always so pessimistic? No!

He remembered how they danced to the soft current of the summer breeze, after the essence of Spring had faded away. They were so busy enjoying their highs, that they looked past their lows. It seemed as though they were too scared to pay attention to anything that did not involve them being happy.

“If you live through the winter, you can enjoy the fruits of Spring!”, said the old oak.

The leaves stared at him as though he had uttered something unspeakable- a strict taboo.

The oak frowned.
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Their brainless banter went on for several weeks. Day after day, the oak grew sicker and sicker of hearing the same old phrases:

‘We won’t live through the winter,’
‘We’re all going to fall to the ground soon,’
‘Let’s begin to loosen our hold on the world.’

He reached a point where he readily wished that the leaves would be gone.
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At last, Winter came.
It lay its icy fingers on everything that crossed its path.
Everything around the tree was either grey or white- the snow choked rivers, the thin layer of snow on the treetops, the layer of ice on the ponds and several small pools of water.

Chilly winds swept by, and one after the other, the leaves glided downwards, and found a spot on the ground.
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The leaf broke free from the memories of its past, and opened it’s eyes.
It looked around- several other leaves lay beside it.

It wondered- had its pessimism moulded its fate?

It stared up at the tree- longing to find a warmer spot on the branch, craving water.

It’s pessimism had changed its life completely, and these changes were permanent. They couldn’t be undone.

It began to lose its colour- from a dark green shade to a lighter shade of green, yellow and then brown.

It met its end exactly the way it thought it would.
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In life, we make several choices, that go on to govern our fate. Remember: the choices and decisions we make today will shape our tomorrow. If we make the right choices today, we will witness miracles tomorrow.

Positive thinking plays a huge part in all our lives. It is very rightly said- something will happen to you only if YOU allow it to. If you allow negativities and negative people to sidetrack you from achieving your greater goals, then you’ll have to pay the price for it.
Expectations and the thoughts- both positive and negative make a major impact in our daily lives.

Everyone wants to wake up to a perfect day- bright, sunny and productive. But remember- only you can make your day the way you’d like it to be. A positive outlook can make even a bleak, dreary day seem interesting.

My piece of advice is- don’t allow unimportant things to drag you down. If you allow such things to influence you, you’re just missing out on life’s bigger picture!!

You’re worth something today, but your thinking can change your worth- for the better.

Also, your negativity can also influence the people around you. Don’t be a dark cloud on someone’s sunny town. If you lose hope in yourself, how can you ever expect someone else to have an unswerving belief in you?

I hope you found something valuable to take away from this example. Be positive, and see the change YOURSELF! Here’s hoping nothing but the best, for you!

Have a great weekend!!
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17 Things 2017 Taught Me.

Time just keeps passing by quicker and quicker each year, doesn’t it?

At the end of every year, a voice inside my head forces me to believe that the year that elapsed was a combination between the best and worst year so far- for a host of reasons. As we near the end of 2017, I’m looking back at the year we’re leaving behind, trying to hold on to all the bitter-sweet memories.

Choosing to take just a few memories along with me into the next year is hard. It’s like picking up a fistful of sand, and watching it trickle through the gaps in my fingers. And with each passing year, it gets harder to pick a few highlights.

2017 was an eventful year for me- I *finally* got done with tenth grade, I had amazing adventures, I met some of the most wonderful people, and fostered friendships, that I hope will go on to last a lifetime. 2017 was also a year of realisation, decision making and putting plans into action. The beauty of this year lies in the fact that although this year meant different things to different people, there are a few common lessons that we can all have as a take-away.

As a brief rundown of the year, here are 17 things that 2017 taught me.

1) Learning to let go: To grow stronger, you have to learn to let go. If you continue to look back at all the little things that went wrong, you will never get to the things that went right, and they’ll go unappreciated.  Let go of the past, all the ghosts that haunt you, and the bad memories you keep so close to your heart. Make room for happiness and positivity.

2) Coping with stress and the fear of failure: Success reaffirms our faith in our abilities, and urges us to try our hand at bigger and better things. On the opposite end of the spectrum, failure creates intense fear. This year began with the advent of exams- which, obviously, is a stressful time. Stress hampers productivity. The first step to success lies in translating stress into something fruitful and productive. Trying to channelise your fears into a positive direction is helpful. 🙂

3) Investing time in doing what you love: We’re all good at something- you may not have tapped into the source of your creativity, but you could be the next great musician, author or artist. 2017 marked a year of creative exploration for me. I dedicated more time to writing and my blog, and I have mapped my journey from the beginning to the end, and the results are wonderful. We’re all battling deadlines and rushing to finish assignments, but we often lose the essence of our creativity in this process. Dedicate a stipulated amount of time every week to doing what you love- it’s easier than you think it is.

4) Prioritising yourself: Working on yourself and your mental health and well-being is important. Reach out to the ignored person inside you, and reconstruct yourself. It’s okay not to feel your best sometimes, but it’s also essential to point to the source of this feeling and rectify it. Invest in yourself and your future, and do the things that will make you smile today, and make you fondly look back at them a few years later.

5) Learning to do things without needing validation: We often seek appreciation and validation from others for all that we do. Pose a question to yourself. Is this really necessary? After some deliberation, you will have your answer. For every picture that you share, for every statement that you make- you’re subconsciously seeking validation. However, if you don’t get that sometimes, it’s important to know that you’re still just as deserving and wonderful. Often, the lack of public validation is detrimental to our goals. ‘What if people don’t like this?’ It’s time to move on.Learn to avoid using public opinion as a yardstick for your self-worth.

6) Getting through difficult days: I’ve practised something for a  while now, wherein I gauge my ‘Happiness Quotient.’ At the end of each day, I rate my happiness on a scale of 1 to 10, in my head. Some days are a solid 10, while some are a bare minimum. The skill that got behind being a more powerful individual lies in setting those 3’s right. Remember that difficult times don’t last forever, and for every thunderstorm you make your way through, a rainbow awaits you at the other end.

7) Appreciating little things in life: We often overlook the little things that make up a major chunk of our lives. Okay, if I’m not convincing enough, Winnie the Pooh agrees too! 🙂 A small act of kindness, or a good gesture can set a bad day right, and is impactful in imaginable ways. Learn to hold on to these little memories, and document them, no matter how silly they might seem.

8) You’re known by how you treat people: The true reflection of someone’s character is how they treat people. It’s often hard to help someone who will go on to have virtually no contribution in your life. Learn to help people without looking for benefits, an you will realise how much more revered you will go on to be. Remember- people base their opinions of you off of how you treat those around you. 

9) No dream is too big: We often give up even before trying, because a certain goal or dream seems too unachievable, to begin with. Breaking through that mental barrier is half the battle won. In order to grow, we must stop limiting ourselves when it comes to the purview of achievement. Dream Big, formulate your goals, ideate and put your thoughts into actions- and you will begin to see results.

10) Accepting that nothing lasts forever: This is valid for both, our highs and our lows. Life is ever-changing, which means that people come and go, and things change. Ideal situations don’t last forever, and low-points in our life will ultimately culminate in something good. It’s funny how we talk about the concept of destiny- how everything is planned out, but we don’t know where the next moment will go on to take us. Accepting that things are temporary helps in the healing process. We often map stuff out in our heads, and when things don’t go as planned, it hurts. To minimise this, it’s vital to realise that nothing last forever.

11) Taking risks and making decisions whose outcome is unknown:  Often, it is necessary to step out of our comfort zones and make decisions that might not have a certain outcome. The best experiences in life are by-products of the decisions we make outside our comfort zones. If an opportunity presents itself before you, seize it before it’s too late.

12) Being happy: We are all looking for happiness, but perhaps in the wrong places. However, we overlook the fact that Happiness is essentially a commitment and an option. It’s a daily thing. You have to plan your own happiness, and you are the ultimate creator of your happiness, just like all the other emotions in your life.

13)Detoxifying: It’s necessary to take a detox sometimes. Whether it means distancing yourself from technology and cultivating a hobby, or distancing yourself from negativity, a detox is your best bet. Often, getting away from things that could hinder our growth is a good option.

14)Don’t take any grudges along, into the next year: Forgiving and forgetting fractures in relations should be a significant activity towards the end of the year. Although this is essentially a process that should start several months before the year ends, try to resolve any grudges that have not been addressed through the course of the year. It’s for the greater good. 🙂

15)Surrounding yourself with the right people: Surrounding yourself with like-minded people puts you in a place of freedom and liberation. Surround yourself with the people around whom you’re unapologetic about being yourself.

16)Count your blessings: Don’t forget to be thankful for all that you have. We’re all fortunate to be in the positions we are today. We often pine for the things we can’t have, and ignore all the things we do. Gratitude is vital. You’re alive, healthy and you’re surrounded by love and warmth. What more could you ask for? If we were asked to make wish lists, they’d probably never end. What if we were asked to list out all the things we were genuinely thankful for? How long would that be? Take a minute to ponder. 🙂

17)Don’t be afraid of change:  Truly, change is the only constant. We live in a world of ever-changing realities. This year, I learned not to be afraid of change, along with getting over the fear of changing. When I look back at old poetry and stories, I realise just how much I’ve changed, and that letting go of the fear of change has made me who I am. Change is beautiful. 🙂

Here’s wishing all my readers a Happy New Year! I hope this post helped you recount all the things that this year has taught us. I wish you a year full of happiness, and an abundance of good health and positivity.

All my love,

-Dhruv.

Learning to let go of the ‘baggage’ we carry.

Hey guys! I hope you all had a wonderful week! Another week has elapsed, bringing us closer to the next year- and as we strike off the days on our calendars, and waiting to see what the new year has to offer, there are a few messages and key-learnings we need to end the year with.

My focus this month has been encapsulating all the lessons I’ve learnt over the last year, into blog posts. I do this with the motive of reaching out to as many people as I can, through my own experiences, instead of just plain, boring sermons. My message for this week is- Learn to let go of the baggage you have been carrying with you. Read on, to know exactly what I mean.

This concept of not letting go of the ‘baggage’ we carry has been at the back of my mind for a while. What this means, is that we often let our experiences from our past influence the way we react to situations that go on to crop up in the future.

One bad friendship, one failed attempt at something, or one rejection sends us running off to seek cover. We carry memories from our past, and even when we move on to better things and new places, we carry our broken pieces with us. They’re tucked away, somewhere deep inside, but just like shards of glass, they hurt every time we come in contact with them.

This comes from a place of deep, personal understanding and experience. We often judge people and categorise them into ‘types,’ based on our experiences with people we consider to be similar. We learn to become afraid of getting hurt, we dread betrayal, and above all, we begin to lose the ability to trust. However, is it justified to let one bad experience take away from us a new friendship, or a person we could go on to trust unconditionally?

Let me allow you to place yourself in my shoes, and look at this through my perspective. You have just arrived from a trip to one of the coldest places in the world; and before departing, you had made sure, that you were carrying the warmest possible clothes. However, will you carry the same luggage before embarking on a trip to a desert? Doesn’t make a lot of sense, right? 🙂

As we slowly  let go of 2017 and promise ourselves a better, more fruitful 2018; we also promise ourselves New Beginnings. Let’s leave behind all the baggage we don’t require, and step into the next year with a better, optimistic and more upbeat attitude.

I’d love to hear from you, and know your closing remarks for the year. What are your goals for the next few weeks? Sound off in the comments, and I’ll make sure to reply to all of them. Until next time!

-Dhruv.

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Appreciating the beauty in the uncertainty of our lives.

As a generation that largely depends on social media as a source of validation for our actions, the way we use this medium to voice our opinions and express ourselves is becoming increasingly important.

While scrolling through my Instagram feed a few days ago, I couldn’t help but think how each picture holds a special relevance in my heart, and captures a moment that lives on to be a memory till today, instead of just fading with time and being tucked away in hindsight.

Each picture takes me back to a certain place, a certain time, and helps me relive a certain experience. Which, if you come to think of it, is wonderful. Six months ago, I wouldn’t have even the slightest idea of the pictures that I have posted since then- which urged me to think of it this way- beauty does lie in the uncertain. We’re all eager to put out our brightest smiles, and fondest memories out into the world- often forgetting that the uncertainty of these experiences is what makes them even more special.

Imagine having access to every picture you’ll click in your lifetime.

Imagine logging into your account, and chancing upon pictures that you will go on to have, ten years into the future. Imagine knowing the name of every friend you’ll ever make, knowing the dates to all the special occasions in your life- Imagine having your entire life mapped out in front of you, highlighting every checkpoint. It does hamper the excitement to have those experiences firsthand, doesn’t it?

We live life one day at a time- at least most of us do. It’s funny to see how strangers suddenly become best friends, and dreams conjured up in our dreamy heads one lazy afternoon translate into reality, sooner or later.

Imagine being told about every high in your life, or knowing the intricacies of every beautiful experience you will go on to have. You will be left with close to no excitement when the time for them rolls in.

Which leads me to my message for the week- leave some room for uncertainty in your life. Instead of fretting over having each moment meticulously planned out, allow yourself to be surprised by what the universe has, to offer. Let the tides of time guide you to a island that encases a bounty of everything you’ll ever need, instead of figuring out where the ‘X’ mark that denotes the so-called ‘treasure’ is- and putting yourself in a far more difficult situation.

Over the last few months, my life has taken several turns that I had never planned out in my head, and I’ve met people who had been existing on the same planet as me for the last several years- but destiny chose the perfect point in time to put us through similar situations.

It is an innate quality to want to know what the next moment holds. As humans, we can look back at our pasts and curse our bad fortunes for all our mistakes and blocks in the road- but we also have the ever-ignited torch of hope for a better future that burns deep inside us- no matter what the situation is. Keep that hope alive, by trusting the uncertain to map out your life in its due course. 🙂

I know that we all will go on to have wonderful adventures, be moulded by life and its lessons, and go on to meet people who occupy a place of significance in our lives. We will have nights we never want to end, heartaches, crazy friendships and wonderful pictures that will give us bragging rights. 🙂

Learn to appreciate the beauty that uncertainty brings along with it. It will certainly teach you to cherish each experience and opportunity you are given!

As we enter the last lap of this year, I’d love to know how all the experiences that you have had this year, but never thought you’d ever have, have impacted your life. I’m sure all of us have some amazing stories to share! 🙂

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I hope you have a wonderful week, and remember to marvel at even the littlest of things that happen this week. It’s those little things that are not etched in photographs forever, but go on to make us smile in the darkest of hours.

And before you leave, it would be awesome to hear your views and suggestions for this week’s post!

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-Dhruv.

Quit Complaining.

Complaining brings immense satisfaction. We’ve all been there.

Hold up- if you’ve been looking for a few reasons to complain right now, as you’re reading this, congratulations. You’ve almost successfully articulated your frustration into words.

It’s a lot like the finger and the mousetrap experiment. A few participants were asked to place their fingers on a mousetrap, and the metal bar was allowed to recoil. Needless to say, as soon as it snapped, cussing endued. Some participants were asked to keep their pain bottled up inside, while the other half were encouraged to embark on a swearing-spree. Statistics showed that vocalising pain helps to reduce it- and that’s exactly what most of us do on a daily basis.

I’ve found myself in that position countless times- sometimes, I stop mid-sentence, wondering if all the complaining is imperative. Oftentimes, it’s not.

Alas, old habits die hard. *sighs deeply.* I’ve tried looking at the positive side of situations several times, as opposed to sulking endlessly; but it seldom works.

However, several instances have been instrumental in helping my opinion make a shift towards the better, and I’m recounting one such instance, that I hope helps others as much as it helped me.

Yesterday, I attended a performance showcased by children with special needs. My opinion about this, like most social gatherings, remained unchanged- it gave me another reason to complain. However, I decided to give it a shot.

My knowledge about various neurological disorders is limited. I’m always trying to read up on medical advancements with regard to these, but seeing it right before you is very different from staring at a screen.

It broke my heart to see children suffering from various disorders like Cerebral Palsy, Autism and Down’s Syndrome- all on different ends of the spectrum. What deeply saddens me is that they didn’t have a choice.

They had all been working hard for weeks, for that one day of the year, when they get to showcase their worth and talent. I’ve always believed that they are just as gifted and talented as we are- if not more. They’re all wonderful souls, carrying a message that they long to share. Most of them were non-verbal- which meant that they could communicate only through actions and expressions. And instead of complaining and being upset about seeing them in such circumstances, the beauty of it all tugged at my sleeve. They share their messages through their actions, and leave footprints in our lives without having to use words to express warmth and affection.

It was wonderful to see them put their best foot forward, and showcase the dance moves they had obviously been rehearsing for weeks at an end. The pure, unadulterated joy on their faces reflected that they didn’t stop to complain- despite all the hardships they faced along the way.

This made me think- what if we put all our complains aside, and focus on the task at hand wholeheartedly? This would certainly deliver better results. We all have a crucial life-lesson to learn from these kids. Nobody has it easy in life- but they’ve bloomed like wildflowers in a forest. We need to learn how to face situations tactfully, and focus on creating the best end-result out of the circumstances we’re placed in. Maybe it’s all a part of a larger plan, a larger purpose.

Instances like these urge you to introspect. We all encounter tough situations at different junctures along the way. Complaining is a worsening the hurdles- making this even harder than they were.

If a mountaineer decides to scale Mt. Everest, he is in for months of special training. He must learn the correct way to use equipment, learn the tricks of survival at such a high altitude, but moreover, learn to quit complaining and get going even when the peak seems unreachable. If he’s obstinate, and decides to stop climbing, he’s exposed to more risks, than if he would choose to go on with the climb.

When you reach a roadblock, figure out ways to cross it and get to the other side, instead of camping out where you are, complaining about the end of the road- you’re not there yet. 🙂

This is certainly something that won’t be corrected overnight. It’s not like you can flip a switch in your head, and expect results instantaneously. Just like everything that benefits you, it needs time. Lots of it, perhaps- but it’s all worth it.

You can either complain about the hardships in life, or marvel at the fact that being born as a human is a million chance, and you truly won the lottery. 🙂

(ALSO: MONDAY BLUES ARE SUPER REAL, BUT IT WOULD HELP TO STOP COMPLAINING. MONDAY JUST BRINGS US A DAY CLOSER TO THE WEEKEND! 🙂 )

I hope you have an amazing week!

Just by the click of a tiny icon.

It has been so long since I shared something on here! Oh; how I regret going off track with my New Year’s resolution of updating this blog atleast once every month! That being said, let’s dive into this article.

Social media. Now, where should I begin?

I’m certainly not going to pretend to be saintly and claim to have shunned social media and resisted stepping into its intriguing, tempting lair. Social media is a great way for me to stay connected to the people who matter to me, and it has certainly done me good for as long as I’ve been using it.

Lately, a rankling thought has been buzzing through my brain, tugging at my sleeve to pay heed to it. I’ve often shoved it aside as a petty trick my mind often tends to play on me- but now, I’m going to use my voice to talk about it.

Everyone who actively uses social media uses it for different reasons. What started out to be as an effective means of staying connected has now translated into something bigger and badder. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I’m always subconsciously seeking affirmation and appreciation through my posts. If I’m having a bad day, I’ll probably share an old throwback picture, use a bunch of fancy, optimistic hashtags, and try to cover up my sadness with a cleverly masked sense of optimism and accomplishments. Sure, the likes and comments do make me happy, but very soon, it’s all gone. I spasm back into the dark abyss I had landed myself in, and continue to sulk away through my weeks. (A not-so-subtle cue to Monday blues. *insert facepalm emoji here.*)

Social media has influenced Body Positivity in a HUGE way. Standards of beauty have changed over the years, drawing in influence from different sources along the way. However; now, we look at the trendiest posts on Instagram as parameters for how we should look. It’s intimidating to put a picture of you out onto this platform, where it’s going to remain forever. And it’s the likes that influence how you view yourself. 42 likes? Meh. I need to try harder next time.

The thing that irks me the most is something that I’ve been trying to change my outlook on- how following someone indicates that you’re on cordial terms with them; and how unfollowing someone quickly sparks a wave of controversy. (What did I do to tick *insert name here* off? Was it something I said? Was it because I followed someone I wasn’t supposed to?) The list is unending.

And I’ll admit it- it’s funny and so ridiculous how I get affected by someone who blocks or unfollows me. You can sort quarrels out- but once someone hits that unfollow button; you’re cascading down a web of self-doubt; pessimism and sadness. Boom.

Use social media wisely. It’s funny how one little thing you do can change somebody’s mood. It’s funny how we’re down to having our temperaments being influenced by the click of a tiny icon! 🙂

(P.S: These views are mine. You are not required to agree to them one hundred percent. That being said, if you don’t like them, don’t unfollow me on social media.😂)

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YOU are enough.

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We’re always seeking approvals for our actions, often needing validation to reaffirm our faith in ourselves. In every waking moment, we’re worrying about the impact our actions might have on others. Well, this month, I’d like to share a special message with you all. It’s about loving yourself, and knowing your worth. YOU are enough. YOU are all that you will ever need. 🙂

This article comes from a place of deep understanding. I am not struggling hard to be relatable- I’ve been through this vicious cycle of approvals and actions. I’ve often dumped my plans to make room for those of the people who disregarded mine. I’ve let go of opportunities, I’ve refused to board ships that would take me to strange and exciting places, and I have eliminated the possibility of adventures and new experiences tingling my senses, and urging me to let go, and live again. I’m bound by these chains of doubt. I’ve refused to love myself because someone else said so. I’ve refused to chase my dreams, because someone jeered at them. I’ve torn short stories, because someone told me that they would never be good enough to be published. I’ve done all of the above, at different points in my life.

You are strong, wonderful, loved and YOU are everything that you need. You are not the opinion of someone who doesn’t care for you. YOU need to realise your worth, before someone else decides it for you. 🙂

You hold your universe in the palm of your hand- it’s that simple. You govern everything that goes on in your life, you control your actions, you’re equipped with the power to make decisions, and you are a better judge than anyone who tells you otherwise.

 

Massive shoutout to @broken_isnt_bad. She’s an amazing, immensely talented artist! Follow her on Instagram. 😀

 

 

Don’t let Temporary Defeat make you Quit.

On the road to success, you will have to face defeat. This defeat is only temporary- however, most people cannot cope with the feeling of remorse that comes along with temporary defeat, and give up. Think of it this way- a tiny raft will never make it to the shore, if it refuses to win over the choppy waters of the ocean. It will sink! Never give up, even when all hope is lost. You’re closest to the finish line,in that very moment. A marathon runner needs to give his final dash towards the end, just when he is a few metres from the finish line. Similarly, put on your bravest face right when adversity strikes. Fuel your dreams, because you might be just metres away from the finish line- procuring your goal.

Some important things to note:

-Your dreams and goals are your own. Don’t let anyone tell you that any dream is too big or any goal is too hard to achieve. If you’ve dreamt it, you can do it.

-If your desire to achieve is strong enough, temporary defeat will not sidetrack you from your purpose.

-When life knocks you down, get back up. 🙂 Just getting back up on your feet gets you brownie points. I’m not kidding!

Persistence and faith are important to help translate your dreams into reality, and preventing defeat from getting to you.

If I’m persistent, I will chase my goals whenever I see them running away from me. The reason I am chasing my goals is because I have faith in myself- I’m sure, that if I try hard enough, I’ll get to them.

On December 9, 1914, Thomas Edison watched his factory burn down to the ground, in West Orange, New Jersey. That was probably one of the biggest setbacks he had faced in his entire career- he watched years of hard-work, priceless research papers and experiments crumble right before his eyes. He used this setback to his benefit. Although he was 67 years old, he remarked that he would get back to working the next day. He rebuilt his factory, worked harder than ever, and went on to make a huge profit, over the course of the next four years. He didn’t lock himself up in a room, and mope over his loss. He got to building the factory from scratch, and that set him apart from any other man who had faced failures and setbacks. He looked beyond his temporary defeat, and used it as a stepping stone to a bigger, greater, better reality.

Successful people use challenges to their benefit. Being defeated is a temporary condition, dropping everything and giving up makes it necessarily permanent. If you are determined to make an impact, just believe in yourself, and keep going. Follow the light at the end of the dark tunnel. 🙂

On a parting note, here’s a dose of #MondayMotivation from me!

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Have a splendid week! I hope your week abounds in joy, peace and success. Looking forward to connecting with you.

-Dhruv. 🙂