Gratitude is the Attitude that Gets You to the Highest Altitude
Most of us want to change for the better, but let's face it—change is hard work.
Change requires obsession, but not everyone is ready to be obsessed with self-growth. I get it—life is hard. Life catches us by surprise, and life beats us down. That being said, I've noticed something in my own life that I think is crucial. When I look around at the world, I see a lot of people who are upset. I see people who are bitter, sad, and depressed. Believe me—I've been there. There have been times in my life so difficult, I thought of giving up entirely. I'm not unique—if you're human you are going to feel that hopelessness eventually, and you are going to feel tempted to throw in the towel.
You have two choices.
You can wallow in your pain, or you can bury your pain and use it as fertilizer. You can let your pain defeat you, or you can pay yourself forward by investing in strength and discipline. Let me ask you something—are you going to be proactive, or are you going to wait for life to pass you by? Are you going to make your life move, or are you going to wait for someone to save you? Sometimes, I think about what it would be like to feel dissatisfied on my deathbed. I visualize how I would look dying incomplete. I visualize dying, going to heaven, and looking back at everything that should have been.
You might not know how badly you need to hear this, but you are worthy. You are worthy of living your best life, and you are worthy of becoming your best self. You are worthy of feeling fulfilled, and you are worthy to reach the fullness of your potential. Stop giving in to the lies society tries to push onto you. Stop letting external opinions shift your self-respect and discipline. Listen—nothing is going to change for you unless you change it. If you are in a bad spot, you need to do something about it. If you aren't where you want to be, you need to put in the work required to climb up that hill. Stop obsessing over what you can't control, and stop using the things you can't control as an excuse to neglect what you can. Like I said, change isn't easy. Gratitude isn't easy. Becoming your best self is hard work. It's hard, but it's doable.
Tomorrow morning, I want you to wake up and say to yourself, "I am going to control what is in my control. I am going to obsess over what I can change instead of being fixated on the things I can't."
It all starts with you.