The thought of just surviving and not living the life I wanted made me very uncomfortable for years. At a deeper level I believed that life should be more than just surviving. The thought of poverty scared me because I have come across poor people and did not like such a lifestyle. I wanted more out of life so was propelled by the thought of failure to do more and be more.
I remembered the times when Dad did not have money, because during such times he wanted to be left alone most of the time. When Dad was all alone in his bedroom, you knew that he was low on cash and did not want any disturbance from any of us children. On the other hand, when Dad had lots of money, there was a lot of joy, laughter and singing because Dad played the guitar and loved to sing with us the children. The thought of a lack of money and semblance of poverty created fear in me because I did not want the life poverty or a life of not enough. Several times I felt stuck and wanted to get out of the situation but fear kept me in the same place for a long time. These fears got me thinking and on the quest to have massive success and be able to do all the things I wanted; travel to where I wanted and to do the things I wanted without thinking about money. I knew that for things to be any different in my life, I need to change, to transform my thinking, take massive action, and invest in personal development to be in a position to bring value to the marketplace.
I was hungry for information to learn about success and achievement. I invested heavily in personal development, attended seminars, bought books, audio tapes, DVDs and CD’s, and got coaching from those I wanted to learn from. I invested thousands of dollars to ensure that I didn’t live a life of survival and just enough, and it has all paid off. I had more money than I needed to do the things I wanted to do, and put my mum on my budget for her monthly upkeep for years until her passing. I remember one time I was called by my brother that mum was having eye problems and was going to lose her second eye if we did not do something about it. My response was to find the best eye doctor and I would pay for the operation. The operation was very successful and Mum was very happy to have her eyesight back. Another time, I thought I would surprise Mum by buying a car so that she could be driven around when she wanted to go anywhere. The car arrived before her birthday and I was informed of how Mum felt when she sat in her new car. I am telling you these stories not to impress you but to impress upon you that you can neutralize your fears, achieve massive success, achieve your goals, and be able to do much good with your money. It is a blessing to be able to do all the things I am currently doing and to have more money to give to others when the need arises. I am blessed with a great life and a great family and able to travel to where I want to go, eat what I want to eat, and do the things I want to do.
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
What is holding you back? What fear is stealing your joy and keeping you stuck? There is so much you can do with massive success and reaching that point in your life when you can do much good and have more than enough to live the life you want. There is nothing that can replace the smiles you bring to the faces of thousands across the nations of the world. There are people needing the solutions you bring to the marketplace. There are people ready to hear your stories of adversity to triumph. There are millions waiting for the inspiring stories of how you turned your mess into a message.
Let go of that fear and do it afraid. Don’t rob the world of your contributions and solutions. The future belongs to the risk takers and all those who believe in the reality of their dreams. Look for opportunities and use your talent to fulfill those needs. Don’t let fear stop you! Have the courage to begin whatever you have been postponing because of fear. Start something new, step out of the comfort zone and venture into uncharted territories. Leave the land of the familiar and the shores of comfort. Success lies beyond the comfort zone. Step out in faith, and success will follow when you venture out. Dale Carnegie said, “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”