I have a confession, something I need to get off my chest. I am a recovering perfectionist. Last year summer I officially took initiative and decided to do something about it. Okay, so it may not be a serious problem to you, but I realize how my obsession with being perfect was impacting my life.
Life taught me the hard way how to be more realistic and let go of expectations. I am a person that functions with having structure and direction in my life. I need a plan or a guide for every aspect of my life. That may seem extreme or weird to some of you but without this plan, I become stressed out.
Mid-way through my post-secondary studies, I became frustrated and down with myself. I was in my last year of university struggling to pass my courses praying to God that I will be able to graduate. Friendships were falling apart. I was let go from a part-time job that was at the time my only means of income as a student. I was setting aside money each pay for my European trip after the semester was done. To make matters worst the week before heading into my finals my grandfather suddenly passed away. It felt like everything was falling apart. I remember studying for my exams while crying some nights.
It just felt like no matter what I did to try and move forward I was being knocked down. Have you ever felt like nothing was going your way? You just felt stuck in a rut?
My experience and other life moments taught me:
Sometimes we have to let go of our plans in order for something greater to unfold in life.
When it seems like things ar falling apart in your life, know that they are actually falling together to form a bigger picture.
On this Journey to Success you will encounter obstacles but do not be defeated or discourage my friend. Just like in nature how we have to go through seasons, sometimes in life we will walk through storms of life. Stay focused and do not be discouraged by setbacks, because your adversity is setting you on the path to something greater.
In my case, losing my job allowed me to spend more time studying and focus on school during my last semester. Thankfully I had saved enough money that I was able to still go on my Euro trip , which was a life changing experience. Although it is never a great feeling when friendships ends, I realize that people come into our lives for a reason and a season. Till this day I missed my grandfather like crazy, but I have learned to cherish and be grateful for all the moments in life. Even though I had to learn to let go of my plan and expectations along the way, guess what I still managed to achieve all the goals I had set.
Everything you are and will encounter on this journey to success is leading to beyond what you are aiming for. Always remember you are not alone on this journey, stay positive and keep pushing forward there are #NoLimits to what you can achieve.