When it comes right down to it, one’s ability to succeed is completely up to you. For example; some aren’t comfortable with the circumstances that surround them. The only way to change this is through you – that is – you have to make the mental (and physical) commitment to do so. It’s interesting to note that both physical and mental commitment are equally difficult.
For example, it’s easy to say that you’re going to start studying for tests and quickly take out a notebook to review. It’s a whole lot more difficult to get into this habit over time. Sure, you’re able to focus on your work now, but the toughest obstacle you’ll have to face is the toughest of them all: yourself.
Everyday, people fail to live their lives out to the full potential. Why? Everyone is insecure (to some degree). The best example of this is performing music live. When you step out onto that stage – the heat of the spotlight with hundreds of eyes staring back at you- it’s physically and mentally intimidating. While the audience just wants to hear a good song, you assume the worst. A few phrases come to mind “What if I fuck up?” “Oh no, everyone is expecting me to entertain them…”
Not being confident in your abilities is, like I said, a two sided issue. Even if you’re physically confident, the mental aspect of your confidence might not be there. Back in elementary school, everyone knew who the “popular” kids were. In fact, this conception is purely mental. Sure, they might seem popular, but were they really? The brain’s ability to form sides against others is a huge indicator of insecurity.
Sure, you can be insecure about your appearance, physical abilities, etc, but it’s all much deeper than that. For example: you’re walking through the lunchroom, seeing a new face pass by every second. Suddenly, you hear a group of people laughing loudly. “Are these kids laughing at me, or something else?” It’s kind of like when someone jokingly calls out to their friend in public, “Hey, pussy!” Most people laugh these situations off, but some have trouble dealing with the gravity of them: “How much do people care about what just happened?”.
Imagine a world where everyone is able to overcome their physical and mental struggles – there would be much less conflict for sure. Governments give their all trying to protect the physical well-being of their citizens, but they often ignore the most blatant problems – those of the mind.
Most parents tell their kids that they’ll have to learn to cope and deal with people who are rude, or “a little off”. I believe that people should not only be receptive to those with mental illness, but must also learn to understand their situation. This would make the inhabitants of workplaces, schools, and urban areas much less hostile towards each others’ differences.
It is very painful to watch people limit themselves when they have so much potential. One’s brain might believe something to be true, although in reality, the situation is completely different. To overcome the power of the mind is difficult, and the support of others gives the brain a new perspective other than it’s own.
In today’s society, many people associate mental illness with drug use or the concept of homosexuality. Such assumptions are extremely ignorant. The mind works in a more complex manner than basing itself around the labels society that has placed on everyday life.
Don’t fall into the trap of feeling like you must live like everyone else does. The cycle of life will only repeat itself until you mind wants more. It is at these moments where the mind will also limit you – a challenge awaits. Live life to the fullest, no matter what way that is. The ability to succeed lies solely in you.