PRLog - Oct. 8, 2012 - Columbus Day. We celebrate Christopher Columbus’ journey and finding of the “New World” 600 years ago. So, which do we celebrate? The journey or the finding?
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In our lives, we are on a journey, similar to Columbus. Our efforts, activities and planning are all focused on the creation of something in our lives that we want or we desire. Do we celebrate only the “accomplishments?”
Every great journey, including our lives, starts with a plan. A course of action or direction. It is the reason I created National Motivation & Inspiration Day, which is January 2nd of every year. The intent is to start every year with a new set of goals and objectives. What is our journey for the year and what do we want to accomplish.
Now, in Columbus’ case, he wanted to find a new shipping route. His intention was far from his outcome, but he had a plan. He set a course and was brave enough to follow his dream. Little could have known that he would change the world!
We all have dreams and goals that have gone unrealized. For some, it is because they have chosen to NOT establish the goal or any activity toward its achievement. Therefore, it remains a dream. Our dreams and goals cannot be realized unless we have the nerve, the strength and the guts to “take action to make things happen©!” As in Columbus’ case. He knew that many sailors lost their lives sailing the world. He realized the dangers associated with his endeavor and yet he went with his mind focused on what he hoped to accomplish. The fact that it lead to another, even more amazing find, is less important.
If we focused on the daily activity or thoughts that Columbus might have had, how many times do you think he questioned himself? How many heartaches and heartbreaks were there? How many times did they think to turn back? However, they stayed the course and continued their journey to find the “new world.”
Today’s “Motivation Monday©,” I ask you, where is your “new world?” Where is your journey leading you? Remember the firsts in your life; first time skating, skiing, riding your bicycle or speaking in public. Think of the nerves, the excitement! Those were ALL “new worlds.” New journey’s that you chose to follow through on and take the chance, the risk of failure, but you did it!
As we celebrate Columbus Day, I ask you to take a look at the journey of your life. Where are you and where are you going? Or, as in the title of my book, “Who Are You?” Do you like who you are and what you have become? If not, you must make a choice. You must be brave enough to take on the challenge of seeking a “new world,” and new you!
If you are happy with your life and who you are, congratulations!
If you are NOT happy with who you are and where you are heading, then choose to do something about it. Our motto at Motivate America is “take action to make things happen©!” Just like those that “dream” of a better tomorrow, but sit on the couch and take no action toward their dreams. If you are not happy with the journey that you are on and you are not happy with who you are then you must create a course of action and then implement your plan that focusing on where you want to go. Remember, as in Christopher Columbus’ voyage, you may end up with a different outcome than you had planned and there is the opportunity that it will be even greater than you had imagined! But you will never know, unless you venture to try. Good luck finding your “new world !”