This post is not political. I never discuss politics on my blog. However, I was watching the Republican National Convention last week, and am watching the Democratic National Convention this week. Regardless of party affiliation, I love this quote from Ivanka Trump. Her father gave her this advice years ago.
“If you’re going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big.”
For me, it’s not about building the Roman Colosseum or skyscrapers in New York. It’s about being the best that I can be. Taking the initiative to find ways to be successful. And my goals shouldn’t be limited. I don’t want them to stop at a level where I’m confident I can achieve them. I want to push myself out of my comfort zone. Be adventurous. Aspire for more. Dream bigger. And find a way to reach those dreams.
When things don’t go my way, or don’t fall into place easily — it doesn’t mean I need to forget about my goals and trash them. It means I have to find another way to get there. I remind myself to explore all avenues before claiming I’ve reached a dead-end.
There are times I’ve started to pursue something I think I really want, but come to realize it’s not for me. And that’s okay. My efforts are not a failure or a waste of time.
I consider that successful — when I find out what’s right for me, and what isn’t.
My husband and I have tried to pass this message on to our daughters. For instance, it’s hard to pick a major in college and stick with it for the rest of your life. It’s okay to change. That happens when we learn and grow. Our paths take all kinds of twists and turns. That’s what makes life interesting.
Whether this relates to a career, a relationship, a new home, or getting fit and healthy, there’s nothing lost in asking questions and taking baby steps to begin pursuing our passions. We have to start somewhere.
Think big and go for it!
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