Believe in Yourself
Got outside a little late today, because I had to take my son to the barbershop. While I was in town I went ahead and checked on George and found my daughter’s lunch sitting on the back porch steps. So let’s just call another typical day at the Thornton house. The weather people have been promising me rain for three or four days now, but I ain’t seen a drop. There hasn’t even been that much dew on the morning. So we’re having to water the seedings and plants we put we over the weekend. It’s but that’s how it is when you’re working towards a goal. You plant and you water the seeds till something finally comes up.
We live with such a “get rich quick” mindset. We do things without the slightest thought of a plan. We work hard for about 15 minutes and if we don’t see any results we quit. I was thinking back some 20 years ago when I had the dream of finishing my college degree. Here I was in my early 40’s, working a full-time job, taking care of two special needs family members, along with three other mouths to feed. And oh yeah, did I mention my ongoing battle with mental health issues. I tried attending technical school, a number of local colleges, but don’t find the right fit till I started attending college online.
Online learning afforded me the flexibility of working at my own pace. Plus this University, despite it’s notorious reputation, gave me leeway when my mental health issues come up. And even provided me with local counseling when I needed it. This allowing me to complete my associate and bachelor studies, along with finishing my masters’ studies in early 2015. My point in painting this picture for you is simple. To show you how determination and vision goes a long way towards helping you achieve your goals. Even with all my physical setbacks over the last six years, my mindset has been the same. Envision your goal, make a plan, ask for help when you need it, and most importantly, learn to believe in yourself.
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