I think it’s safe to say that everyone wants to be successful, to be star in their field. And anyone can be a star, just take a look at some reality shows. So the question is, why aren’t you “a star?” Well there are often several reasons but for today, I’ll focus on one.
“What ever limits us, we call fate.”
~~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I’ve heard many people say that “they caught a bad break” and that might be true, some of the time, but regarding YOU . . . if you caught a bad break, was it permanent? Will that bad break actually last for your entire life? Did you choose the bad break? On the off chance you did, isn’t it time you chose a better break?
Speaking of breaks, for those that don’t know, I’m a drummer, have been since my early teens. 17 years ago I had a car accident that left me with a wicked back injury where doctors told me I “would never play drums again.” Three years or so later I was playing again and since then I got my “big break” I’ve been on tour, performed on TV and radio and I’m still jamming to this day, despite a second run in with my back (2007) and a car accident adding further complications in August 2010. In all cases I focused on being able to play again. It was a goal, which I feel (as do others) greatly assisted in my healing. Had I listened to what others said, I would have missed an opportunity to do what I love, at the level of a professional.
Now please don’t get me wrong, I’m empathetic if you have some sort of handicap or had an accident that permanently and/or drastically changed your life, but even if you do have one of those life changing or a life long bad breaks, you should realize that you can still achieve and succeed. Just consider the following examples of people who overcame some pretty bad breaks:
• Bill Porter was born with cerebral palsy, yet became the top salesman for Watkins Inc. I suggest that you Rent the movie Door to Door with William H Macy, it’s inspiring and it’ll make you cry and if you’re generally healthy,and you may also feel like a cry baby for ever complaining.
• Jim Abbot became a professional baseball player in spite of the fact that he was born missing his right hand. He even pitched a no hitter, no small feat.
• Amy Palmiero-Winters is an athlete and friend of mine who has an amazing story. In 1994, Amy had a motorcycle accident. Three years and twenty-five surgeries later, her left leg was amputated below the knee. To make a long story short she, last year she was voted one of the Top 10 Best Runners of the Decade. Her accomplishments are inspiring, check them out here: Amy Winters
Oh and have you heard of Helen Keller?
Now let’s look at this realistically. If you don’t have a debilitating condition, then you really have no excuse. Granted you may be crippled by discouragement, past failure, fear of success or fear of failure, but none of that matters, because it’s in the past and since you cannot change the past, the only thing that matters is today, right now, and today you have as much of a shot as anyone else to get what you want.
To keep this simple, I suggest you focus on two things: one is something we all have in common with the most successful people, and the second is something personal to you, which actually gives you an edge over everyone else.
We all have the same amount of time in which to accomplish anything, 24 hours. Edison, Lincoln, Gates, Buffet, Jobs all had or have that. It levels the playing field, but it’s what you do with it that counts, so look into how you are investing your time and whether it’s propelling you toward your goals or not.
Remember this one thing that sets you apart. You are one of a kind! You have unique characteristics that only you possess, no one else, so discover or rediscover them and use them to your advantage. Lean on your strengths and be aware of your weaknesses, while you strengthen them.
We all face our own handicaps or limitations. That doesn’t mean you deserve to fail. If you think for one second you can’t be a huge success, you’re wrong! Do not make excuses, make progress. Don’t let fear hold you back, do not be discouraged by those that say the sky is falling, instead look for shelter or build your own and when you get there, don’t let the naysayers in, leave them in the rain, they’ll only try to tear down all that you built up anyway.
Start today, and each day, step by step, move steadily move towards your goals. You too can be successful, you too can be a star!
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you will land among the stars.”
Rock Star Life Coach & Sales Trainer