By Gwendolyn Esco Davis
“Perseverance is not a passive submission to circumstances – it is a strong and active response to the difficult events of life.” …. Elizabeth George
Most people who are global achievers were once victims of greater circumstances than yours, but they had one model; never give up. You may know someone who has been in dire circumstances and became greater – better than the circumstance. Someone who may have been born in not so desirable circumstances, and they soared well beyond the circumstance and never looked back. You have seen someone with lost limbs, physically handicapped and despite their circumstances they don’t waste time on the “can’t”, but have a “can-do” mindset. Happiness has to do with your mindset, not with outside circumstances.
A gentleman at 56 years old who never learned to read decided that it was time to learn, so he did. He enrolled in college and changed his life. You may know someone in a negative relationship that is limiting his or her growth. This relationship may have all of the trappings money can buy, but they still were able to just walk away from the circumstances. Don’t fear what’s beyond the circumstance, the real fear is if you permit the circumstance to define you. Believe in something more.
You know the story of Nelson Mandela, spending decades in prison – solitary confinement. He knew he had a greater purpose. Within one year of release he became South Africa’s first Black president. He did not permit his circumstance to define him.
These individuals did not dilute the truth of their potential. We often convince ourselves that we cannot change, that we cannot overcome the circumstances of our lives. That is simply not true. You have been blessed with immeasurable power to make positive changes in your life. But you can’t just wish it, you can’t just hope it, you can’t just want it… you have to live it, be it, do it – “every day.” There are millions of stories, many like your story. What are you going to do about YOUR circumstances?
Make today a new day. Don’t let your history interfere with your destiny! Let today be the day you stop being a victim of your circumstances and start taking action towards the life you want. You have the power and the time to shape your life. Break free from the poisonous victim mentality and embrace the truth of your greatness. You were not meant for a mundane or mediocre life! You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, the weather or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.
You have the power to create your world!!
Gwendolyn is the owner of G. EscoDavis, LLC, is a certified life coach and business mentor. Her practice focuses on women entrepreneurs, although she also coaches men business owners. Her delivery uses a holistic/organic process. She has a monthly newsletter for her members, and has mentored/coached businesses and individuals for four decades.