The youth phase is the growing period, the most dynamic and active part of a person’s life. Although defined by an age limit of 15-24 by the UN, the youthfulness of a person does not lie in their age but in the vigorous zeal they carry within themselves. Here are some Words of Encouragement for Youth.
Read along to refresh some pearls of wisdom that you may be already familiar with, but not applying to live. This article deals with going forth to achieve big and to stay firm in such heights.
Who Are You?
A young adult, a student, your name, a human being, or something else, what was your answer? You probably have speculated this question at least once at some point in life, and also about the fact that you’re a human just like the rest of the 7.9 billion around the globe, then why do you even matter.
Frankly, there is no right or perfect answer to this question as it is YOU who defines you and not your accomplishments or failures are. Each person who has lived and continues to live in this world is a unique mixture of personalities and ideas.
There may be like-minded people or in some cases, doppelgangers too, but there are never two people who are exact matches or copies of each other. The ideas we think of, the qualities we possess and develop, the skills we learn, the habits we tend to incorporate without knowing, all make us special and exclusive.
Be Driven by Passion and Curiosity
Having a strong will or a dream to achieve big in life makes us work forward to meeting our goals. With each of us having a personal story to tell, share or commemorate, the zeal for achieving our passion too rises from emotions that have engraved themselves in our life.
Have something to wake up to every morning, to look forward to accomplishing more, and the intense drive to become better than yesterday. With only you as your competitor, not your enemy or best pal, and with an open mind to accept constructive criticism, you’re surely on the path to succeed in your goals.
Quoting Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the late President of India, “If four things are followed – having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work, and perseverance – then anything can be achieved”, to succeed in your goal, it is important to have a clear aim along with the fierce will to learn and acquire more knowledge, work hard without giving up and be steadfast in your path that you carve.
Results do not appear immediately, in fact, it is the first few steps you take that will be the toughest. What’s important is that you are not giving up and remain patient with your work to yield results. Once you’re past that, then there’s no looking back.
Ironically, we tend to keep waiting for things to reach us, and not bother about our efforts to attain the goal. This is mostly because of an inherent nature to procrastinate or the hesitancy one has over what others may say. Honestly, it doesn’t matter.
If you know deep down you wish to achieve it and you know that’s right, then there’s no need to hesitate. Taking a note on Walt Disney’s iconic words, “If you can dream it, then you can do it”, it probably was his intense dream to leave a mark in the world of cartoons and animations.
Walt Disney’s life was considered a downfall owing to the numerous failures he’d encountered in the past. These include his dropping out of school to his being fired from a newspaper agency as they considered him to lack imagination.
Even his Laugh-O-Gram Studios, one of his first initiatives, went bankrupt. But he did not give up because he went on to establish Disney as a world-famous brand for cartoons and a home that’s considered to have nurtured imagination and talent for children worldwide.
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. “
- Charles R. Swindoll
As a young adult, along with the drive to do something new and crazy, and to try out new experiences and thrills in this phase of life, one will also face numerous uphills and downfalls along the way. To be ready to try novel adventures but not have the mindset to accept their results is not the attitude of an achiever.
You may have been torn apart, broken, tested, or stabbed in this lifetime you’ve crossed, or fortunately, maybe not. Either, you have successfully come past this emotion or you are probably in this phase where you feel there’s not a single soul to care for you.
Honestly, these are simply temporary phases in life. When you look back after a couple of years or so, you’d find yourself to be much better than you were then, and even feel absurd for tensing over something as insignificant as that.
Whether or not you’ve experienced such incidents before, it is inevitable in every human’s life, every human who strives to become better each day. The journey to success is not a straight line my friend but goes up and down like the ECG to show that the heart is still alive and beating.
Some Words of Inspiration to Uplift Your Mind and Soul
Reading a quote by a famous person is like listening to them give some valuable advice to you directly. Moreover, if the person who says so has achieved in life following many struggles, these words are healing to those who find themselves in such a spot, unable to move on.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
― Nelson Mandela
“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something good for you now, maybe the very reason why you don’t have something better.”
― C. JoyBell C.
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
― Samuel Beckett
“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four-hour days.”
― Zig Ziglar
“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love, and to be greater than our suffering.”
― Ben Okri
“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, then it’s not the end.”
― Ed Sheeran
“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.”
― Roy T. Bennett
Your body, mind, and soul are the only entities that need to be taken care of and appreciated. Love yourself and be kind to yourself. Nobody here has a perfect self but is only constantly evolving to be better.
Self-love is not to be equated with pride and arrogance, as it is with these two qualities that a person’s downfall begins. To love yourself is to look after your needs, to give yourself rest when required, and to appreciate the uncountable cells and tissues working all day long to keep you healthy.
In the run to achieve big things, you shouldn’t forget to attend to your body’s needs. At the end of the day, only a healthy body, mind, and soul can work for the betterment of one’s life.
Be happy and thankful to yourself and everyone around, for everything that you have been blessed with. It may not be much, at least for you, but whatever you are and you have today is a kind of blessing you should be grateful for.
In the run for going bold and big, people often forget to show gratitude for all that they have accomplished. It is a key element in keeping us rooted in reality and not falling into the sea of vanity and despair.
No successful human has ever stopped working hard in life. Be it Oprah Winfrey, J. K. Rowling, Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, or Abraham Lincoln to name a few, they were not afraid to try again and again to attain success and fame, and neither did they stop after accomplishing their feat.
Keep in mind, water that stagnates is only a pond and does not become a river, which is perennial. Once you feel you’ve reached your goal and there’s nothing more you want beyond that, that is where our downfall begins.
A constantly moving, hustling human is the one who never takes praise to their heads and criticism to their hearts. They may pause but not stop their actions and endeavors. They know precisely that success is a journey and not the destination.
To be as youthful and energetic like how you were when you started and to have the same humbleness and kindness is a respectable trait that lives long after you die.