This one is on a bit of a personal note, meaning a thought came to me today as I was walking back from lunch with a co-worker. We were passing by a psychic reading center in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles and the girl I was with jokingly asked me if I wanted to get my fortune told. Trying to be funny I responded, "No thanks, I already know my future." At first we both giggled at how pretentious the comment sounded, then after a brief pause she commented, "Wow, thats actually pretty deep."
Now, judgments aside about the comment itself, there is a vital lesson to be learned here. Some of you have heard about the book "The Secret" or at the very least the concept of visualizing your own success in order to make it reality. The basis for this principle is to practice visualizing yourself as you wish to be, even if you are not there yet. For example, if you see yourself someday becoming a successful entrepreneur; visualize yourself in a conference room running the show, or in a brand-new sports car you just purchased, or sending your kid off to an ivy league university, or what ever life you see yourself living.
The basic lesson here is to never settle for less than you wish for yourself, and never sell yourself short in any situation, so long as you deserve what is coming to you. On a personal level I know that one day I will do amazing things and will live a life some only dream about. Do I know how I'm going to get there? No, do I know how long it will take? No. Am I going to sacrifice my happiness now to get there? Absolutely not, but my belief in my personal success is so embedded in me that I know I will live the life I was meant to live, the life I want to live. The only question you have to ask yourself is, do you know what kind of life you want? More importantly, do you believe in yourself enough to live it?