We won’t be burned down for our work. We burned down because we forgot why we did it. The goal is to keep us going.
The challenge is that a lot of people don’t know what they’re trying to do, or why. When we find the sense of purpose, we find ways to serve others and make the world a better place. Years ago, I was miserable, negative, and focused on myself. When I decided to focus on changing people’s lives, I found myself having a bigger purpose.
Despite obstacles, setbacks or failures, how can you remain true to your vision?
The road to success will never fall behind you. When you face roadblocks and setbacks, you must keep your vision alive and move on. Marathon runners won’t quit at the last mile because they can see the end. Although they were physically exhausted, they didn’t give up because they had a vision of their goals.
I find that positive leaders stay active. Whatever their situation, look forward. Remember that failure doesn’t mean it’s important to define you. It’s about refining you and helping you become what you want. Roadblocks are part of the journey. No struggle, no victory. Without setbacks, there is no sense of victory or achievement.
When I wrote “energy bus”, I was shut out by more than 30 publishers. Finally, 28 cities have been published. There are no bookshelves in the bookstore. Only five or twenty people came to see me every game. Ten years later, it has sold more than a million copies. I kept my vision.
How do you maintain a positive outlook on life?
I do everything I can to see my life as a gift, not an obligation. It’s not what we do, but we get it. Research shows that we can’t stress and appreciate at the same time. Every day, I will be grateful to tell myself that I am grateful. When I did this, I used positive emotions to fill my mind and body, lifting me up and creating a fertile ground for success.
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The best advice I’ve ever heard was Dr. James Gills. He was the only person on the planet to complete six ironman triathlon, while his last triathlon was 59. I asked him how he did it. “I learned to talk to myself, not to myself,” he says. “If I listen to myself, I will hear all negativity, fear and complaints. But if I talk to myself, I can feed myself with encouraging words, and I need to move on.
I’ve learned that negative thoughts always come up, just because you have a negative thought doesn’t mean you need to believe it.
How can you bring clarity to your life?
I think about the legacy I’m leaving. Knowing how you want to remember can help you decide how to live today. Once you know your position and importance, it’s easy to make decisions. I also often think about my core and my work. The core is your purpose. This is the message you want to share. This is the most important person for you. This is critical to your business, development and success.
How do you handle rejection?
I don’t take it personally. For years I have learned not to let other people’s opinions define me. Not everyone shares your vision. Not everyone will believe in your beliefs. Not everyone will like your job. Your positive energy must be greater than negative. Your certainty and conviction must outweigh their doubts.