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 By DL Banks
 
There is only one success to be able to spend life in your own way.
 
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded. The only real battle in life is between hanging on and letting go.
 
What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise. Don’t waste your time hating a failure. Failure is a greater teacher than success. Listen, learn, go on. You have been blessed with immeasurable power to make positive changes in your life. To become successful, one must put themselves in the paths of giants. Let your creative and imaginative mind run freely; it will take you places you never dreamed of and provide breakthroughs that others once thought were impossible.
 
The problem for a lot of people is that they don’t really know what they want. They have vague desire: to ‘do something creative’ or to earn more money or ‘to be free’, but they can’t really pin down what it is precisely that they want. So they drift from one thing to another, enjoying some moments and hating others, but never really finding fulfillment or success. This is why it’s hard to lead a successful life (whatever that means to you) when you don’t know what you want. When you work on something that only has the capacity to make you 5 dollars, it does not matter how much harder you work the most you will make is 5 dollars.
 
How would your life be different if…You pretended those around you were deaf to your words? Let today be the day…You let your actions speak and communicate your feelings and intentions. You are where you are right now because of the actions you’ve taken, or maybe, the inaction you’ve taken. Are you going to allow the world around you to change while you remain stagnant? Make this the time you throw away old habits that have hindered your happiness and success and finally allow your greatest self to flourish. You’ve been given the innate power to shape your life…but you cannot just speak change, you have to live change. Intent paired with action builds the bridge to success. You can’t just want it; you have to do it, live it. Be it! Success isn’t something you have, it’s something you do.
 
Today is a new day and it brings with it a new set of opportunities for me to act on. I am attentive to the opportunities and I seize them as they arise. I have full confidence in myself and my abilities. I can do all things that I commit myself to. No obstacle is too big or too difficult for me to handle because what lies inside me is greater than what lies ahead of me. I am committed to improving myself and I am getting better daily. I am not held back by regret or mistakes from the past. I am moving forward daily. Absolutely nothing is impossible for me.
 
The Sky is not a limit for me; because I have no limit for myself in life. Because life is a world full of risk taking and possibilities. No matter how hard or easy life is; I will always find a way to enjoy myself; even in the mist of circumstances; because problems are but a sense of adventure in sheep’s clothing. Success comes in a lot of ways, but it doesn’t come with money and it doesn’t come with fame. It comes from having a meaning in your life, doing what you love and being passionate about what you do. That’s having a life of success. When you have the ability to do what you love, love what you do and have the ability to impact people. That’s having a life of success. That’s what having a life of meaning is.
 
Take your victories, whatever they may be, cherish them, use them, but don’t settle for them.

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