Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Stop Crying And Start Trying

This isn't going to be a friendly post. For a lot of people, this isn't going to be easy to hear but sometimes we need to hear the truth. It can be a bitter pill to swallow but it's necessary.

We all have times where we feel like we can't hack it. Things can get too much and we feel as if we're going to buckle under the pressure.

In time like this we have three options:

  1. Scream and shout how life isn't fair, complain to anyone who will listen only for nothing to change.
  2. Mope about, repeat to yourself the mantra that you'll get there one day only for nothing to change.
  3. Take action, have set goals in place and physically go out and complete them so you achieve your ambitions.

Which one are you going to choose? No brainer, right? But you'd be amazed how many people end up going with options 1 and 2 without even realising it.

Why? Because they're focussing too much on the injustice of it all rather than taking positive steps to rectify the situation. They focus on the problems and not the solutions.

Image from foodbeast.com
I first came across the phrase 'Stop crying and start trying' on that little slip of paper you find in a fortune cookie.

To be honest, I happened to read it at a time where I thought I was doing alright in life. Yeah, things weren't perfect and there were a few things that I wanted to change but I was getting by.

It's amazing how such a simple statement can make you think.

I ended up thinking about what I wasn't happy with and how I could change them. I took the time to look at the situation and realised I didn't have to put up with things I didn't want to- I could start a plan of action to make things better.

Stop crying and start trying.

Now read that again.

We waste so much time thinking on what we will do one distant day in the future, that we put up with a lot in the process. Yet what is it that we actually do to improve things for ourselves? Do we take a stand and take active choices to reach our dreams? Or do we sit by and hope that it will just happen one day?

Stop crying and start trying.
  • You want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro? Start training, look at your budget and see how much equipment and tickets are!
  • You want to start your own business? Talk to people who already have and learn as much as you can; read as many books as possible and get a plan together!
  • You want to travel the world? Get a map and pinpoint everywhere you want to go, look at tickets and accommodation!
Life is one big risk (as I've already mentioned here) so why do we allow it to pass us by as we wait for things to happen?

If life is a risk, then we need to improve our chances and no one ever achieved their dreams by sitting back and doing nothing.

So, go on! Stop crying and start trying!