What Advice Would You Give to Your Teenage Self?
Trying to answer this question can be liberating and inspire some or many changes in our career and personal life. The advice that we would give to our teenage self is similar to advice that we would give to a good friend or colleague. This may be true if we find that they are struggling on their own journey to discover their true potential.
A well-known piece of advice that most authors, parents and colleagues might suggest would be to take more risks. What is there to lose? What is the worst thing that can possibly happen? Maybe that job interview won’t happen. Maybe performance levels in a recent interview were less than satisfactory. Maybe pride might have been dented somewhat. Maybe failure to secure a much needed income to support the family might happen. There are a lot of maybes. But sometimes, life may throw us an opportunity to succeed! Just maybe, that phone-call will happen for that job interview, or maybe the dream job might actually materialise.
Those who have dared to risk, or taken a leap out of their comfort zone can recount their success stories to that all important pivotal moment of risk. It may have changed their lives and careers. Look to the achievements of:
- Albert Einstein
- Mother Teresa
- Richard Branson
- Rosa Parks
- Oprah Winfrey
- Mary Robinson
- Mark Pollock
- Father Peter McVerry
They dared to dream and go beyond the common self-limiting belief that they might fail. Self-belief probably played a major role in driving them toward fulfilling their destiny. Think about it, if they did not achieve what they set out to accomplish, then maybe we wouldn’t have the benefit of enjoying their victorious products and services. Their contribution to humanity radically changed many lives. There may even be an inspiring role-model in our life that we admire. Connect with them for inspiration, support and motivation. We all need the best support we can get when facing what we think is an insurmountable mountain.
It is only when we put ourselves out there, step out of our comfort zone, and explore new possibilities that we can then realise there can be so much more to life. Our happiness depends on it! So too does our career and personal life.
Get motivated. Never give up, keep going, and push through those negative self-limiting beliefs. Pose the question, ‘What if …?’ Ask colleagues what potential they see. Find life’s true purpose. There are plenty of opportunities waiting, if only we dare to dream and believe. Reach out today and grasp what is probably in the making to make life a great journey. Above all, have no regrets!