Many of us have faced moments when we knew we needed to take a leap into a better-paying job, invest in a promising business idea, or pursue a path that could lead to abundance. However, just when we stand on the precipice of making these significant decisions, fear and doubt often grip us, causing us to retreat like a tortoise retracting its head into the shell of uncertainty.
I recently heard a psychologist explain how the brain responds to life-changing decisions, and it’s fascinating to realize that our own bodies can sometimes act as the “Judas” in our own stories. According to her research, the brain’s default mode is “survival and safety,” so it tends to favor the comfort of staying within familiar cycles. This preference for the known over the unknown illustrates that the brain struggles to differentiate between necessary change and potential danger.
So, if our innate instincts amplify the doubts fueled by discouragements and the realities of life, how can we make progressive moves that benefit ourselves and others? How do we truly make a difference?
In our quest to achieve meaningful objectives and make a difference, we can draw inspiration from a musical term known as “poco a poco,” which signifies progressing little by little or gradually. While it might be tempting to seek immediate results and discard the idea of delayed gratification, it’s essential to recognize the value of patience and playing the long game.
Trusting the process means understanding that most significant achievements often require time and consistent effort. It involves starting small and dedicating ourselves to the small daily tasks, believing that they will create a ripple effect and eventually impact the bigger picture.
When we plan for life’s pivotal moments or contemplate major decisions, fear and self-doubt may regard unpreparedness as a vulnerability to be exploited in our minds. As Roman Philosopher, Seneca wisely said, “Luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” Thus, it’s crucial to ask ourselves: are we truly prepared for the success we aspire to achieve?
Are we equipped to confront the transformations we are striving to bring about in our world today?
As we endeavor to make a meaningful impact, do our motives remain pure in pursuit of our objectives, or have we turned it into a mere game to feed our egos, seeking the accolades of those who pay attention? While many of us hold dreams of shaping an ideal world, we must understand that without the commitment required for success, relying on “luck” or “chance” is not a reliable strategy. We must shed the infatuation with the end result, as it can blind us to the sacrifices demanded by the journey preceding the final outcome.
If you aspire to excel in a particular career path, invest the time and effort to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to increase your chances in that field. Similarly, if you desire to see certain changes in your environment, remember that change must start at home, with small steps.
In the process of self-improvement and societal betterment, we all play crucial roles that demand unwavering dedication, akin to the construction of our very own Rome – and lest we forget, It was not built in a day.
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