Why Your Pain Is Power
Stop counting yourself out.
I see it way too often, and don't get me wrong—I know how it feels to doubt yourself. I know how it feels to not believe in yourself anymore because of the bad circumstances that seem to have overtaken your life. If you're going through that self-doubt right now, I have a message for you: From this moment on, please stop counting yourself out. I don't care how many people have shown that they doubt you—that doesn't mean you can doubt yourself.
Stop allowing all these external things to change how you value yourself for the worse. It's time for you to stop allowing how other people say they feel about you to change how you feel about yourself. I know how it feels to be at rock bottom. I've been at a place where I thought nothing good was going to happen for me in my life, but I also know how it feels to rise above that.
I also know how it feels to take control.
When I was at rock bottom, I had to make a decision. I said to myself, "You know what? I'm going to go out and try, no matter what, because it never hurts to try. I'm going to go and change my perspective, and I'm going to use this rock bottom state to change my life for the better. And if that doesn't happen, who cares? I've got nothing to lose."
A lot of you are feeling depressed and stressed out. A lot of you are wondering whether your life is ever going to change for the better. Let me tell you something—it's up to you. If you don't make the decision to try, this bad chapter will be how it is for the rest of your story.
Remember, you are in control.
I want you to look at your trials and then I want you to picture your future self saying, "You had to go through all that in order to become me. You had to be tested time and time again, or you never would've become so strong."
It's time to have an important conversation with yourself. I want you to ask yourself, "What do I have to do in order to become the person I need to be? How can I use these pains to become stronger?"
The process is often painful, and there's no way around that. Whoever is reading this, I want you to know that even though pain is unavoidable, there's a silver lining. Once you understand that pain is a tool, you will go places you never even knew existed. You will achieve more than you ever dreamed.
It all starts with you.