Putting Words to Action
There is an old English expression that says, "Put your money where your mouth is." This old adage is directly connected to putting words to action. "You can talk the talk but can you walk the walk" is yet another good example of the same. I have heard people talking about achieving their dreams, but when it comes to making a go at it, they fail to do so. Why? For the most part, the same folks who boast and rave about all the opportunities they can pursue, are the same folks who will quickly default on those opportunities because they do not have the heart or willingness to put forth the effort.
Victim of circumstance or self-prophecy?
The same holds true for those who are miserable or resentful about their life circumstances. These individuals lament about their sorrowful dispositions in life: "I am so unhappy with my life," "I am tired of this dead-end job," "I am not smart enough to do that job," "I can't find the right person for me," "I am sick of always being picked last," "I am tired of always being broke," or my all-time favorite, "I never had those same opportunities." If I had a nickel for every time I heard these self-fulfilling prophecies, I would be a multi-millionaire. The problem in most of these cases is that individuals become so preoccupied with their own self-misery that they feed off of it. It is easier to complain about everything wrong in life opposed to actually rising above these circumstances and proactively doing something about them. Don't become your worst own enemy by continually calling yourself the victim. The only victim in this case is your potentiality and your prospects.
Putting words to action means that you must stop limiting yourself based on uncertainties you have formed about yourself and your abilities. It also means bringing your life to another level by refocusing your attention on more productive outlets to grow and prosper. No, you may not get everything you want all at once -- that hardly ever happens (for anyone). But what it does suggest is that instead of concentrating on the gazillions of excuses you have of the "why you don't have something", you begin concentrating on how you can change your life for the better. It really is up to you.
You just don't understand
I've heard that before, too. When someone tells me they are "unable to do something" or they "can't achieve something", the next infamous line is, "You just don't understand." Believe me when I tell you that I come from humble means. It is because of my self-determination and commitment that I have grown into the person I am. We all have hardships, we all experience failures, and we all deal with defeat and sorrow in our lives. I believe all people are born with the same opportunity to succeed. For some it may be small successes, for others greater successes. Success in any form is still success. The difference between those who succeed and those who do not is: those who can, will -- and those who won't, cry foul. Which one are you?