Inspirational life lessons that take your train (life) on the tracks that will carry you towards your goals
At dawn on July 4, 1934, Marie Sklodowska Curie, at the age of 66, finally died. Her death was caused by 30 years of exposure to her greatest scientific discovery – radium and its dangerous radioactivity.
Otherwise known as Mrs Pierre Curie, Professor at the Sorbonne in Paris, Nobel Prize Winner in Physics and Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, the power words she had written when she was only 26 rang true in her life, “We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”
And as Abraham Lincoln expressed so eloquently when he was inaugurated as President of his nation for the second time, “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, let us strive on to finish the work that we are in…”
Both GIANTS, one in the world of science and the other in the world of politics, impressed upon themselves and others the importance of attaining what must be attained and of striving for what needed to be striven for.
What passion? What courage? And yet each and every one of us have a mission which we have been born to complete. My challenge to you is this: Is your train (life) on the tracks that will carry you towards your mission’s fulfilment?
Maybe you’ve been derailed. Maybe you haven’t even got on board and haven’t really thought about it. Maybe you think that you’re not important enough. Maybe you fail to recognise your own very personal giftings.
Stop right now and consider this!
YOU ARE SPECIAL! That’s right…S-P-E-C-I-A-L! And that is why I want to stir you into action so that you can create an explosive existence. Don’t just cruise through another year. Don’t do the slipstream thing, sliding yet through another BOOOORING year.
Get yourself packed so full of DYNAMITE that you will literally blow-up. When tomorrow hits, the wick will be lit and you will be ignited; ready to shoot like a skyrocket whizzing off and into space. Higher than a kite, you’ll be leaving your own personal jetstream where you can start to write your own messages in the sky for everyone else to see.
You’re not going to be the one anymore standing on the shore craning your neck to see what letter of the alphabet is coming as the skywriter breaks the blue background with his white grafitti.
You are in charge. You are the composer of the music of your life. You are the designer of your destiny. You have the power of choice within your heart and your hands. You are the master of the masterpiece that is YOUR LIFE.
MAKE YOUR LIFE A LIFE OF BEGINNINGS AND A LIFE OF NEVER ENDINGS
But how do you do that?
Here are five simple steps to guide you in your pursuit of an EXPLOSIVE LIFE that will keep exploding all the way into eternity.
BURY THE PAST
There are two types of past that we all experience and must bury.
One is the NEGATIVE PAST.
Now the best thing to do with that, and we all have some part of our past lying in negative soil, is to bury it.
One person suggested that if you ever had anything of a negative coming back up to your mind haunting you, then the best thing is to write it on a piece of paper and then physically tear it up. Rip it into a million pieces if you wish. Really take out your aggression on that piece of paper. Burn it if you like, but once and for all bury the old baggage.
Even physically dig a hole in your backyard with a shovel and toss the torn pieces of paper in there if you wish and say a prayer or two if you like. The important thing is that you rid yourself of that negative past once and for all. Otherwise you will continue to be tripped up by your past for the rest of your days.
Second is the POSITIVE PAST.
Bury this in your heart. Call up these positive events time and again for reinforcement of the fact that you are a winner and that you are possessed with the ability to overcome, no matter the circumstances.
Keep a list of these wins. Keep memorabilia in a success file if you wish and one way to keep a record of these events is to maintain a journal.
I have boxes full of old journals that I have kept in exercise books and I now keep a lot of my records on my computer.
Life has a bad habit of overshadowing and burying dreams. Many of our dreams were birthed in our lives when we were very young and for some reason have been put aside or allowed to have the dust of the years settle on them.
If you’ve lost it, go find your dream again.
Go on. Don’t put it off. Go get it. Write it down.
Because once you’ve got your dream in place there will be no stopping you.
YOU WILL EXPLODE.
It is the spark that will ignite your life. It will wake you in the morning. It will keep you pushing towards it throughout the day and it will keep you up late at night.
The dream will add years to your life and productivity to your years.
PLANT A NEW SEED
With the rediscovery, or the reignition of your dream, you must start to invest in your life and in the lives of others.
But the facts are that if you are hungry, then how are you ever going to feed others.
Invest in yourself.
Feed your dream.
Read and grow in knowledge and understanding of your chosen path. Read and inwardly digest. Gorge yourself if you like, because if you are full to overflowing then you will then be more than able to feed those who come to be fed.
Make learning your ambition and listening your habit. Listen with both your eyes and your ears for there is so much to learn.
A seed planted in your life will ultimately produce a crop that will feed so many more than you could, at first, have ever imagined.
Seeds hold an incredible power within them that will ultimately multiply. So plant a new seed.
FIRST THE SEED AND THEN THE HARVEST
WATER THE CROP
Planting a seed is not enough. You must spend time watering the seed through constant attention.
Read. Listen. Surround yourself with mentors. Keep the company of likeminded positive people. Teach. Share. Write. Finetune your dream. Readdress your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals from time to time and see if they still light the fire within your belly.
Track your progress and evaluate often.
Always remain teachable and correctable. Critics can at times sting and yet be some of our greatest tutors.
Stay on track. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted or pulled aside from the path you have chosen. But at the same time learn to recognize the breezes that will gently blow your sails and guide your craft(life) in a more correct route.
Whatever you do, always follow after peace in your own heart. Utilise your strengths and open yourself up to new learning experiences.
REAP THE HARVEST
This is your finest hour: the ultimate fulfillment of your dream.
But don’t forget that the harvest time can at times require the greatest expenditure of effort. So don’t slacken off. Roll up your sleeves and pitch in.
Marie Curie achieved her dream. But even though it ultimately claimed her life, her discovery has positively impacted the lives of millions throughout the world.
Abraham Lincoln didn’t live much longer, after his second inauguration and the restoration of peace after the Civil War, and yet he freed millions from slavery both then and in the future.
Dreams are often paid with a high price, but a life lived without a dream is a life never lived.
Motivational Quote: A life lived without a dream is a life never lived.