Some invitations are very easy to say yes to. A good friend of mine invited me to his birthday party at a nice hotel, with food, drinks, fun and friends. Obviously, I accepted. Maybe you get invited to join a new company you really wanted to work with, or you get a promotion with a good pay raise. Of course you accept and say yes.
But there are some invitations that are not so straight forward. In life, the invitations to success often come in the form of obstacles, difficulties, problems and challenges. We don’t often see them as such, but they really are, and each invitation has RSVP written at the bottom. We have to respond to each one with a yes or a no, we have to accept or decline.
Our response will depend on our attitude. If we look at it purely as a problem or an obstacle, we may feel like the cards are stacked against us, or like the odds for success are just impossible to overcome. If that is our outlook, it will be easy to be tempted to decline the invitation, take the seemingly easy way out, and give up.
But if you can change your attitude and instead look at what overcoming that challenge or difficulty can lead to, if you can look at the results a potential victory would give, then you’ll take a whole different approach. You’ll feel excited when things are tough, thrilled when you need to beat the odds, a sense of fulfillment when you have to create opportunities out of thin air, and jump hurdle after hurdle just to get to the finish line. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish and surprised at how life somehow starts adjusting in your favor.
You can resign yourself to fate, and blame all your problems on the difficulties you have, or you can decide to do whatever it takes to create your own fate. You can let circumstances dictate everything in your life, or you can resolve to overcome and make your own dreams come true. You can let the odds beat you, or you can beat the odds. It’s up to you!
The most common reason people don’t overcome the odds is that they don’t challenge them enough. – John Maxwell.