Every day I see people who are settling for something. A job. A relationship. Friends who treat them poorly. Underachieving athletically or academically. What’s sad is, almost everyone in a settling situation could do better. Some of them even know they could do better, they just won’t put in the effort it would take to reach something better.
I’ve found that there’s a lot of inertia in life. People who are on a roll tend to keep going, while people who are stuck tend to just settle in where they are. The difference is that, unlike physics, there isn’t a real force keeping you from moving. Yes, sometimes there are real circumstance-based things that hold you back. But the biggest obstacle is always your mind – and if your mind is on your side, you can truly do anything. With that don’t settle with just the normal.
So don’t settle. Get out of that rut, away from people who treat you poorly or don’t push you to be better. Get out of relationships that don’t fulfill you. Everything you want in life is out there, and there’s only two things you need – the will to get out of the bad situation, and the will to keep going until you get what you want.
It really does all come down to willpower. Ask any number of great achievers, like Bill Gates, who dropped out of college. Or Margaret Hamilton, the woman who wrote computer code for the Apollo missions. Few people are handed a great situation. You have to work for it, even when the deck is stacked against you.
If you want to stop settling, start today. Work towards that raise, stand up for yourself in your relationship, or hit the gym. Start working on what you deserve instead of just taking whatever is handed to you. The only thing holding you back, is you.
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