Yourself and Others
Yes you can
become successful and yes you can reach your someday. It takes patience,
persistence, and the tenacity to move obstacles out of your way.
Youíll still have some mountains to climb, but youíll have the inner
strength to climb them.
Yes, life is
hard and life is not fair. But no matter what hand life deals you,
play it. If life deals you a lemon, make lemonade. I have known
good times and I have known hard times. But I have learned that
if you focus on the good times rather than focusing on the hard
times you will find that you have a lot of blessings a lot of things
for which to be thankful.
have to go through hard times to appreciate the good times. Stop
dragging around past baggage. Free yourself from the past. Know
when itís time to let go. Each of us has a past and our past is
behind us, where it should be. Get it from in front so you can get
on with your life. Look inside yourself for your motivation. Donít
let your past and the baggage it brings prevent you from reaching
your "someday." A lot of times we keep doing the same old things,
expecting different results. But if you keep doing the same thing
the same way you will get the same results.
I was abused
as a child. That alone should explain why I shouldnít be a success
in life. An abusive childhood is a heavy burden to carry on your
shoulder all your life. But I learned early on that I am the only
person who is responsible for my actions just as you are responsible
for yours. I chose not to be a product of my past but to be a product
of my choosing. It takes time, it takes effort, it takes planning,
it takes patience, it takes faith, it takes hard work, it takes
risks, it takes self-confidence, it takes skills, and it takes perseverance.
Learn from your
mistakes. Donít let anyone take away your self-esteem or diminish
your self-confidence. People may tell you that youíre too old for
certain positions, too old for certain tasks, too old to start a
business, too old to go back to school. Tell those people, "The
older the wine, the greater the kick." Growing old is no more than
a bad habit which a busy woman has no time to form.
You decide whatís
too old. How you live your life is your decision. You are the only
person who can stand in judgment of your own actions and your own
behaviors. You should be the only one making decisions about how
your life should be lived. If one looks at my background and sees
the mistakes Iíve made in life, the many potholes Iíve stepped in
throughout life, and compare my past to theirs, Iím sure there will
be many similarities. You canít change the past, but you can learn
itís gone. You canít change what happened, yesterday. You canít
undo yesterday. Begin fresh today. Begin tomorrow with lessons learned
from yesterdayís mistakes. Yesterday is a canceled check, Tomorrow
is a promissory note, today is cash. Yesterday is history, tomorrow
is a mystery, today is a gift from God, thatís why itís called the
present. You have your own story just as I have mine. Take my tips,
develop them, take from them what you will and design your own picture
of success. I hope that by sharing my story you are motivated to
make your plans, set your goals, follow your dreams, and realize
your "someday" begins right now.
If I could leave
a legacy to my family, to women, and to you dear reader, it would
convey this message: THIS IS YOUR LIFE, LIVE IT. THIS IS YOUR WORLD,
BUILD IT, THIS IS YOUR TIME, TAKE IT, THIS IS YOUR FUTURE, CREATE
IT. YOU ARE THE LEADERS, LEAD. SUCCESS IS BY DESIGN BEHOLD THE MIGHTY
OAK TREE, A LITTLE NUT THAT STOOD ITS GROUND.