No One Should Define You, Except You

So, what have you decided?  As you take a look back in your past and see all of the things that you’ve done (both positive and not so positive), what have you learned? Do you like what you see?

We’ve all  gone through trials and have experienced hard life lessons (some of us more so than others). However, it is how you come out of  your circumstance that really counts and how you handle it once you do.  Just because something doesn’t work out the way you had planned initially, doesn’t mean that the next time you try something  different it  won’t work out.

Many times, it takes several tries before we finally get it right, or before we finally get our big break. No matter how long it takes, it’s important to remember not to let your future plans be impacted by things that happened in your past. Of course, you can learn from circumstances  that did not allow things to work out, but you cannot afford to allow them to define your next steps.

In other words, don’t be afraid to move forward or afraid to continue to progress due to the fear of what happened before or what “might” happen down the road. Do not allow miss steps to define you. I realize that it is not an easy thing to do especially if you have experienced one  disappointment after another. It can even be more challenging to stay encouraged when others others are constantly doubting your abilities.  If you listen to negative people and thoughts, they  will cause you to lose your confidence and your ability to gain your footing back.

It’s so easy to feel beat down and even easier to lose faith in yourself when life seems like a constant struggle.But, you have to continue to believe that ” this too shall pass.” And it will. I repeat! Do not allow your circumstances to DEFINE you. Rise above them and find a way to RE-DEFINE yourself.

There are many people who could have allowed their circumstances to define who they were. However, they refused to allow that to happen. I posted this list of people in one of my  blog posts back in May of this year. I think that the list is worth posting again. I hope you stay encouraged. Read 50 Famous Successful People in Business and Life who Failed at First.

WOYN TIP: “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.” ~ George Bernard Shaw