I don’t know about you, but I have the habit of noting down sayings, adages or words which evoke a response. It may be years months or days before I reread them or even remember them. Then there are the quotes which keep on appearing in various reading locations.
I found the following quote when I found a journal buried in the bottom of my Christmas fabric box. The quote I had written on the first page, but I had also found it written on numerous other pages in the same journal. Obviously, it had resonated with me years ago and it is really resonated with me today.
Don’t let others define you.
Don’t let the past confine you.
Take charge of your life with confidence and determination.
There are no limits to what you can do or be.
Can you imagine what a world we would have if we could instil this into our young people? Can you imagine what the next generation could achieve? However, I believe that this idea is something any person could take on board at any stage of their life. That this quote could enhance the quality of anyone’s life.
I really like the line; “take charge of your life with confidence and determination”. Wow that is so powerful. Taking charge of my life is something I have been trying to do but to do it with confidence, now wouldn’t that be something else.
Confidence grows with accomplishments. Instead of setting impossible goals I have set goals which I know I can achieve. In fact, this year on reflection I have set and achieved numerous goals. And yes, my confidence has grown in the sense that I know that I can accomplish goals which are important to me and not to anyone else.
I do not need others to endorse what I have achieved but with every goal achieved the confidence which leads to the determination to set more goals. Personal goals have ignited passions within me and together with the determination I have scrapped some goals. And that is liberating.
Sometimes we may set goals based on what others think they should be rather than being true to ourselves and the goals which we know are good for us. Sometimes we need to have the confidence and determination to listen to our inner voice and ignore those who really don’t know what ignites our passion. “Don’t let others define you”.
Sometimes it is difficult to let go of the goals which were set 20, 30 even 40 years ago. I have found the goals of years ago which I had set but had not achieved had been hanging around me like this big ball and chain. This year I realised that one goal in particular was not going to define me. I actually admitted to myself that I had felt a failure for not having achieved it. However , on reflection I realised that it hadn’t really been my goal but instead I had thought that it should be and it would give me a sense of worth. The relief of finally saying that I didn’t need to take on someone elses goal was immense. It was also liberating.
It is good to set goals but it is even more rewarding when the goals are one’s we set for ourselves and follow through with confidence. Sometimes as we grow older we forget that goals are not just for the young. Setting personal goals keeps us going. It adds spice to our lives and enriches our lives.