Life is hard, that is sort of a given. However, coping with these issues can make the difference between achieving your goal or staying put in your urban dreams of what could be. In order to achieve anything in life, you will need to overcome the inner pessimism, stop taking things for granted and set out a plan in order to accomplish your goals.
Sure, that sounds easy, right? The crux of the problem is that we all tend to take things for granted and some of us take this one-step further by expecting a handout when there is no real justification for it. And you may not realize it, but the very act of expecting a handout can be self-defeating, not to mention demoralizing.
But the fact of the matter is that no matter how much you may bemoan the issues you face or think that you are facing insurmountable barriers, no one is going to come along and offer to help you unless they think you truly deserve a leg-up. If you happen to belong in that category, here is why you may need to rethink your approach to life. For starters, no problem is impossible provided you are motivated to overcome the same. That sentence may seem oxymoronic but not when you consider the fact, the “impossibility” of the problem often depends on your perception, nothing more.
Here are a few examples of single individuals facing up to what would seem at the very outset an impossible situation and yet overcoming the same with sheer will power and determination. Take Mahatma Gandhi, the father of Modern India. As an individual, he set out a plan to free Modern India from the shackles of the British Raj. Moreover, with one policy decision of non-violence, he managed to do just that while sending shock waves through the entire British Empire. In fact, the act to observe non-violence even when under violent assault spoke volumes and was the precursor to similar movements, around the world. Several leaders followed in the footsteps of Gandhi to accomplish similar goals while facing a near impossible task, e.g. Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, etc.
Speaking of Nelson Mandela, he had to overcome a near impossible task, on becoming the president of South Africa. The problem was complex, one where Nelson Mandela had to overcome a deeply entrenched hate for all things perceived to be apartheid in nature. For this reason, most locals perceived their rugby sports team as an extension of the previous apartheid regime and tended to cheer for the opposing team. Given the fact that South Africa had to host a world cup in less than a year, Nelson Mandela overcame the impossible task with an out-of-the box solution – which he managed to do in style.
So, go ahead, take a close hard look at yourself, and correct any of those perceived misconceptions you may have regarding life and impossible tasks. In other words, be the master of your own fate and the captain of your soul.