With Patrick Achitabwino:
Never harbour vestiges of doubt in your heart that all you crave for are just mere dreams; that you have an impossible mathematical chance to achieve them. Whenever you doubt, when the road seems closed, when you seem to be drenching deeper in the quagmire of hopelessness and disappointment, remember the words of Martha Graham. “There is a vitality, a life force, and energy, a quickening, that is translated through your action and, because there is only one you in all time, this expression is unique. And, if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”
The world has many breakthroughs to be made, many discoveries to come into light, many books to be written and many innovations to be initiated. The universal truth is that you are the catalyst for all the things that are yet to dazzle this world. Never should you underestimate your potential to make a difference.
Reinforce the levels of trust you have in your abilities to do the impossible. When you strongly defy the impossibility of things, you plunge yourself into the immense paradise of possibilities and all gates of success open. Doubt is the worst monster that stops us from achieving the breakthroughs that are awaiting us.
Trust yourself .Foster C. McClellan emphasises: “Create the kind of life you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into the flames of achievement.”
Never let anyone take away what you believe is for you. Success demands that you take the road not taken and that solo travel is the most unrecommended by many. If you keep listening to any advice that seems to shape your life; you will lose track of your path to destiny. If anything, you will be lost in the maze of countless pieces of advice that take you nowhere.
When you have a dream to achieve, be brave. Never give up. Die trying than fail to try. It is William Shakespeare who taught us in the iconic book Julius Caesar that cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. We marvel at people that swim across oceans, that cruise vehicles at heartbreaking speeds to win races, that defy the limits of human power to play tennis for four hours all just to win, that break records at running tracks. They were not born in a different planet; they were born like us, with imperfections even worse than those we may have. What made them super beings is that they banished fear. They trusted in themselves.
Nourish your trust. Ethiopia has produced great athletes in long distance marathon. There is nothing unique with them. Ethiopians have a belief in themselves that they are the best runners. What is it that you are good at? Note it. Fetch it. Do all it takes to achieve it. We have a good piece of advice in the book The Monk Who Sold the Ferrari. It stresses: “The secret of happiness is simple: find out what you truly love to do and then direct all your energy towards doing it. Once you do this, abundance flows into your life and all your desires are filled with ease and grace.”
It does not mean that when you have trust in yourself, then all things will be easy for you. The fact is that when you have trust in yourself, you fear no obstacles, you never give up, you have the resilience and patience to keep on walking, you are driven forward by the undying embers of optimism.
When you have trust in yourself, you have the discipline to move on. If anything, it is as if Winston Churchill is speaking to you and you find yourself re-narrating his words of wisdom: “Sure I am that this day we are masters of our own fate, that the task which has been set before us is not above our strengths; that its pangs and toils are not beyond my endurance. As long as we have faith in our cause and an unquenchable will to win, victory will not be denied us.”