I remember always bothering my mom with a hundred, random questions as a little kid. “Where do babies come from?”, “Do teachers live in the school?”, and “Are we there yet?” were always some of my favorite things to pick her brain about. Even though I was too young to notice her blood boiling, she always would humor me and answer nicely. I remember one day playing with my Hot Wheels cars and screaming at her in the kitchen “Can I be a fireman when I’m older?”. Just like any other parent, she told “If you believe enough you can make it happen”. Looking back at that answer, I realized my mom lied to me.
She was right about one thing. Anybody has the possibility of becoming anything. That is the great thing about life, we have the choice to do what we want. My mom always supported me in whatever I wanted to do. From school work to wrestling, she was pushing me to achieve my goals. But there was one thing she left out when I was rolling my toy car along the carpet. Believing in yourself isn’t enough.
I have heard countless of speeches, presentations, and lectures dealing with believing in ourself. It is true, we need to believe in our goals in order to make them happen. But that doesn’t me once we visualize ourselves achieving our dream, we can sit back on the couch and turn on the television in anticipation for it to happen. The minute we realize what we want, we need to take that first step and work towards it. Think about it this way: Michael Jordan didn’t win a NBA championship by going to sleep after he realized that’s what he wanted.
We may not know exactly how to get to where we want, but the best way to figure it out is to keep moving forward and pushing ourselves. We need to take every opportunity we are given and use it to our advantage. There are going to be sometimes when nothing seems to be working out and we just want to call it a day. These are the moments that separate the people that are successful from the ones who give up. It is the person who pushes themselves to go that extra mile and get back up after failing that achieve extraordinary accomplishments.
While I don’t want to be a fireman, I still have goals in my life that I want to accomplish. I have daily tasks I try to achieve that help me to work on my big goals. I believe in myself just like everyone else should with their life. I have had good days and I have had horrible ones. But I try and push through the bad ones by constantly reminding myself it will be worth it in the end when I get to where I want to. I’m glad my mom taught me that valuable lesson early on. If I never learned to believe in myself, I never would have realized all the hard work it takes to achieve your goals.