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Look straight, don't look into the water, and then jump! These are the words one could always hear from swimming instructors as they yell at their students standing at the edge of the pool, with the latter trying to pick up the courage to dive in yet failing every time, confidence shrinking and fear taking over with each glance at the water. But with persistent yelling, students eventually obey and look ahead, and then jump and realize it was not difficult at all.
I have realized that since we are creative by default, we tend to exaggerate our fears, but when we actually face them, we find them to be negligible or small. You might have observed, too, that when you turn your back at a lamp post, your shadow becomes larger, but if you face the lamp post, your shadow vanishes.
This lamp post is a metaphor for our life goals and objectives, and as far as we lock in our attention towards it, this intense focus will make all the shadows of any doubt negligible. The only thing required is an association with goals which is not possible if we do not possess a compelling reason to actually force us to never give up. The size of this compelling reason determines the size and continuity of our efforts towards the attainment of our goals.
If you come across any person who has achieved something worthwhile in life and you share your goals with them, you will be amazed to find that they will all be very encouraging because they know it IS possible, as they have gone through a similar experience, and neglected the naysayers, locking in their attention towards their goal to achieve their current success.
Remember that for your life goals, some people around you will give 99 reasons for not going for it. But if you have one compelling reason to do it, cling to it with all your energy, passion and belief so there will not be a single moment in your life that you will regret later as regret is only meant for those things which we have never tried nor tested in life!
• Our own imaginings make our fears seem larger than they are
• We realize how small obstacles really are when we face them
• Discouragement is a part of life but it should never be a threat
Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is a Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company