"Row, Row, Row your boat, gently down the stream"
Life is like a stream, the water in the stream embarks on a journey slowly and successfully reaches its end destination. To embark life's journey and to successfully achieve you need to row your boat GENTLY down life's stream. Rowing requires action, success doesn't find its way to you. You have to work for it, success requires action, hard work and consistency. Action is required to accomplish what you want to achieve.
On a sunny Friday afternoon I spontaneously decided to take a walk down the local Ford, just a few minutes from home. While dipping my feet in the lovely cold Ford water to cool down from the summer heat I realised how the environment and setting of the Ford could be used as a metaphor to life's journey, meaning and purpose.
The Foundation To Meaning & Purpose
The shallow stream leading to the Ford I began to interpret as the foundation of my present. In my experience to achieve meaning and purpose in life it is essential that; firstly, to be consciously aware of your present-self. It is crucial identifying where you are in life, what your purpose is and where you want to be. Second, identify your goals and aspirations, after all you cannot achieve what you want without first knowing what your life goals and aspirations are. Once you have identified goals this helps you take control of your life and get maximum results of achieving success. Third, you should never give up on a dream or who you inspire to be. Dreams are foundations for you to identify meaning and purpose of your life. Stay focused on your dreams and you will get there, your dreams will come true. Cheesy right? Stay positive and avoid procrastination, another key-step in the foundation to meaning and purpose. 'I am the queen of procrastination', I wrote a post about this previously called 'productive procrastinator'. Procrastination holds you back from achieving what you want to achieve, so surround yourself with like minded people to keep you on track of your life's journey. Finally, 'Always Beleive' in yourself. This can be tricky at times particularly when others sometimes may not understand your vision making you feel that they don't believe in you. Believe in yourself though, yourself and others will see you achieve success, meaning and purpose in life.
5 Steps to Achieving Meaning & Purpose:
• Conscious Awareness of your present-self
• Identifying Goals & Aspirations
• Never give up on a dream or who you inspire to be
• Stay positive and avoid procrastination, surround yourself with like minded people
• Alway believe in yourself even when others try to misguide you or do not understand your vision
The Stepping Stones
In the middle of the Ford the water gets deeper. I related this to when life faces you with challenges that sometimes may be difficult to overcome. When I am faced with obstacles and challenges there are steps I take to accomplish getting over these stepping stones. Firstly, remember knowledge is power and knowing your subject is key in overcoming obstacles and being able to prepare yourself for other things that may cross your path in the future. Second, know your worth, you are bullet proof, don't let anyone destroy your ideas. Knowing your worth and value is key to being successful in life, put yourself above others. A success story I have witnessed of a stepping stone is my own Mum who I have seen face many obstacles in life such as the pressure of a single parent with two young children juggling a full time job. However, this has never affected her ability to positively affect peoples lives and excel in life. A stepping stone I have come across previously in life is similar to that of my mums. I have also juggled the pressure of being a single parent, working and studying but I have also accomplished this stepping stone in my life journey.
5 Steps to Accomplishing Stepping Stones:
• Knowledge is Power, Educate, Research and know your subject
• Know your Worth, ideas are bulletproof
• Don't be scared to fail, its still a learning curve for success, take risks!
• Build Bridges don't burn them, its not what you know, its who you know
• Be patient, rome wasn't built in a day
The Bridge to Success
"Success is a Journey, not a destination - the doing is often more important then the outcome"
Stepping back into shallow waters, out of the Ford and further down the stream, we reach the bridge. The bridge symbolises accomplishing happiness and success. However, the bridge is not the end as once you gain success and power you will always want more. So you find yourself back in the shallow waters of the stream at the beginning starting the whole process again in a new position in life with a different concept and mindset and a new set of skills to achieve further success.
5 Key Steps to a Successful Destination:
• Finding & treasuring Happiness in the destination.
• Maintaining high standards
• Always strive and prosper
• Pushing the boundaries
• Work hard and stay creative
A message to my readers
"Don't strive to be better than others, strive to be better than your best self"
I hope from reading this post you can take away some positivity and see the journey of success and how to achieve it. I hope it motivates you as much as it has motivated me while writing it.
Comment below how you embark life's journey successfully. When you come across stepping stones how do you overcome them to reach the bridge of success?