I am incredibly fortunate to have support from my family and friends. I truly appreciate the wonderful feedback on my accomplishments and the encouragement they offer me to continue on my path, no matter where it may lead me. They see the value in my desire to grow. They also see how their support brings me strength.
I have also received tremendously uplifting feedback from my readers over the last few months. Getting input from individuals I have never met, reading about how my work has helped them through rough patches, or simply knowing that my words make readers think, are sunshine to me.
The motivation this support provides me with is precious beyond imagination as I forge my way in the Internet world, working hard to keep true to my Life Dream. I still have a long way to go and a lot to learn before I can turn this project into my life work, but the adventure is worthwhile. Being true to my Life Dream, I simply move forward on my path, fueled with the energy I receive from my supporters.
I do however receive the occasional blow, a comment I did not expect that invites me to rethink my plan. As positive criticism, it offers me the chance to revisit my next steps and see if they need adjustment. As negative input, it gives me the choice to disengage.
In general, I may consider myself lucky on my path. However I strongly believe I created my luck. My experience and reaction to the varying types of support I got over the years made me be the way I am today. It wasn’t always pretty. I’ve had my share of struggles in the past. Many objections have countered my projects through the years. What kept me going was my Integrity.
What it has boiled down to for me is identifying my path and being true to it.
In the face of adversity, I have dropped projects I regretted… I have also lost sight of my path a few times because of a strong pull towards a different direction. But each time, even though the journey may have taken some long detours, Integrity brought me back on track. It was the only support I really needed. It reminded me of the importance of being me, of being my true me. The support I got from outside was just that, outside. If good I brought in, if not, I left out. Integrity has always been my real pillar.
When I hear stories of discouragement, of lack of support or criticism, it breaks my heart and at the same time it gets me angry. I don’t care about the others, about what they do or what they say. But to that one person who is experiencing the feeling of despair and isolation, I want to yell out and say – Look inside at who you are and where you want to be. What is your Life Dream. Be true to yourself and let your Integrity be the only support you need to find your way there!