I’ve been reading Brian Tracy’s book Reinvention: How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life and I’m really loving it. I wrote about it on my other blog here in regards to job searching, but I want to talk about a particular quote from the book:
I learned that the key to reinvention is to go onto the “continuous offensive.” Get a good idea of where you want to go and take action. Try, try again, and try once more. Never give up. Keep moving forward.
[Brian Tracy. Reinvention: How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life (Kindle Locations 34-35). Kindle Edition.]
There is not one person in the world that couldn’t benefit from this piece of advice. Life is a series of moments and our reactions to those moments. Many times we react with indifference, but what about those times that we feel sorry for ourselves because something that happened to us that we didn’t want or think was fair. Life is full of them. The death of a loved one. The loss of a job or home. The loss of a relationship. Some events are small and some big. But we have to remember that we must keep moving forward. It might be at a very slow pace depending on the event, but one step at a time will get you where you need to be.
Obviously, the death of a loved one is very hard to overcome. However, there are many circumstances in our lives when we choose to feel sorry for ourselves instead of sitting down and solving the situation. Unhappy with your job? Go find another one instead of complaining about it. Your relationship is falling apart? Figure out what happened and why. You’re in financial distress? Find a different job, get a second job, clip coupons, or look at how you spend your money.
None of your issues will be solved by sitting on your butt and feeling sorry for yourself. You must move forward to the life of your dreams. You have to take action and make it happen.