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MOVE AGAINST THE ODDS OF LIFE

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You can have success against all odds. Your excuse will take you nowhere. Your frustrations against the odds of life will take you nowhere. Let me tell you; life owes you nothing. Your biggest debtor is YOU. You are a debtor to your dream, and if you can’t pay back what you owe, you can’t live your dream. So, wake up from your sleep, stop dreaming and start working.

Yes, great dreams do come true, but you must be willing and ready to fight the odds. The odds will give you no chance. The probability of winning may be less than zero. Average minds will condemn you for ever having a go at something they consider to be practically impossible to achieve. But what you should realize is that the story gets more interesting when the odds are against you.

The odd was against one of the greatest men that ever lived on earth; the late Nelson Mandela. He spent twenty-seven years in jail for speaking out against injustice. From being an ex-convict, he became not just the President of South Africa, but number one most respected and admired leader all over the world. World leaders bowed to him. He was the pride of the black skin.

The odd was against Barrack Obama. No one ever imagined that one boy from Kenya will become the first black President of United States. He was not known, though a first-time senator. Despite not being known, he took a shot at the Democrats candidacy, and became a household name. He won the general election, and also won a second term in office as the US President.

If I forget every athlete in the London 2012 Olympic Games, I can’t forget Laura Trott; then, a 20-year-old British Cyclist who won two gold medals during the Games. Laura was born premature and spent six weeks in intensive care because she suffered from collapsed lung. As a result of this, she became asthmatic as a young girl. The doctors advised that she should embrace sports especially swimming to strengthen her body. At the age of eight, she swapped swimming for cycling. In 2010 European Championship, she won gold. In 2012 London Olympic Games, she won two gold medals.

In Laura’s dream was a champion, but in the interface were health issues. Many in her position focused on the interface, made excuses and remained on disability benefits. But Laura saw beyond the pains of asthma; she preferred the pains of fighting asthma to sitting where life originally placed her. She fought, and overcame. Some people in her stead may have stopped cycling when the asthmatic condition disappeared, but her target was to be a champion, and she became one!

Your excuse will take you nowhere. Your frustrations against the odds of life will take you nowhere. Let me tell you; life owes you nothing. Your biggest debtor is YOU. You are a debtor to your dream, and if you can’t pay back what you owe, you can’t live your dream. So, wake up from your sleep, stop dreaming and start working. What is averagely acceptable can’t take you to the reality of your dream. If you want to keep dreaming, it means you are still sleeping. You can’t make things happen when you are in a state of unconsciousness. To make real what you see, you must wake up, get up, wash your face to see clearly, and consciously work on what you saw in your sleep. Without taking action, you will slip into comatose.

So many people, based on today’s challenges, conclude that tomorrow will be dim. Some people are scared of the future because of the obvious features of today. No man should use the status of today to determine the outcome of tomorrow. If today, you decide to look beyond the challenges, and see a brighter tomorrow, you will step into what you see. If you paint the right picture in your mind in spite of the bad pictures outside your mind, you will reach what you see within, if you make purposeful efforts to achieve it. Don’t judge your future on the basis of the current situation. Your tomorrow can positively overwhelm your today, if you judge right.

Moffat Machingura, the author of How I Kissed Heartbreak Goodbye, says, ‘No one will come in to rescue you. You just have to step out somehow, and make your dreams come true’ The question is, ‘Can dreams come true?’ Of course, yes! ‘All our dreams’ according to Walt Disney ‘can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them’ To move from dream to reality, step out somehow, and make it happen. Until it happens, no one will celebrate you!

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Ken is a leadership Motivation, Strategy and Personal Development Writer, Blogger and Speaker. He writes for a number of magazines and blogs. He is also a mentor and published author of several books.

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