Before I get to today’s topic I have some great news – Friday marked my 300th post and I’ve reached over 26,000 site visits!!
It was partly out of issues surrounding my sight loss that I began this blog and I told myself if I could reach one person it would be worth it. Of course deep in my heart my true desire was to connect with as many blind and vision impaired women as possible.
Over the past one and half years since I’ve been blogging I thought many times that I couldn’t continue. However almost every time the thought crossed my mind I would receive encouragement from someone by way of an email or through the blog telling me how much my blog has helped them.
I cannot thank you enough for all of your kind words that have been a tremendous source of inspiration, motivation, and support to me. It’s my hope that within my lifetime people with disabilities will become accepted by virtue of just being human.
Success Requires Action
This past weekend I had to pleasure of attending the Onyx Woman Network (OWN) 2015 Business Conference. The event, hosted by Ola Jackson, founder and CEO of OWN, was an information packed symposium that focused on business growth and sustainability.
The dynamic speakers were outstanding! These powerful women shared their vast knowledge from tapping into our own power, prioritizing to become more efficient, building a financially sound business, to revealing marketing strategies that work, and then some.
You’ve got to do some things to be able to do what you want to do. ~Debra Hickman (conference speaker)
When you were a kid and someone asked you the one question that is asked of all children – “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Was your response “a failure?” Of course it wasn’t because all of us have dreams and aspirations.
All of us also face obstacles and have life’s challenges, that if we let them, will beat us down. Will we fail? Most assuredly we will from time to time but that doesn’t mean we are failures.
What differentiates successful people from people who remain in a constant state of failure is perseverance and resilience. Successful people fail, we all fail. It’s how we respond to our failures that determines if or how we will rise.
Do you Face Everything And Run? Or Face Everything And Rise? Depending on your viewpoint you can give way too much power over to fear. Fear can motivate or repress and your response is a matter of choice.
Right now there are just over 7 billion people on this planet. With that many individuals do you really think it’s not within the realm of possibility that others may share the same hopes, dreams, ambitions, and fears as you?
The first step to Face Everything And Rise is taking a self assessment. Unless you know yourself; attitudes, beliefs, passions, dislikes, strengths, and weaknesses you will have a disoriented sense of direction.
Once you’ve determined what you want the next step is to set short and long-term goals. Goals should always be written, periodically reviewed, revised and once they are met, new ones should be set. I’ve gotten into the habit of revisiting my short-term goals once every 6 weeks, and long-term goals once per quarter.
The third and final step is to stay the course. If you become derailed, and you will, get back on track and keep pursuing your dream. Do not let anyone tell you that you cannot succeed or perhaps I should say do not believe the killjoys. There is no greater satisfaction than proving the naysayers wrong.
When it gets down to it the choice is up to you. You decide your path to success.
(Note: I did not take pictures of the outfit I wore to the conference but I promise there will be photos forthcoming within the next week).
“Your life begins to change the day you take responsibility for it.” – Steve Maraboli