Today I awoke in a horrible mood. I was short on sleep, low on time, and unprepared for the start of a new week. My neighbors’ young kids had woken me up with their routine morning wails & sobs and once they calmed down their running footsteps shook my entire house. Needless to say, it was not the best start to my day. But I sucked it up, showered, dressed, and headed off to work. And I am so glad I did.
There’s nobody in life to hold your hand during the morning ritual. No one is there to nudge you out the door for work. In fact, the only one driving you through your day is you. That’s crazy to think about when you rely on the everyone else in the world for so many things. Most people don’t grow their own food, find their own water source, and build their own home…at least not in this country. We rely on others to pay us for our services or goods. We rely on others to farm the land, hook up water lines, and fix our houses. But we can’t simply live by relying on people. We have a duty to give something back and to earn our living. But this is something we must do on our own.
Willpower is an astonishing thing. For those of us struggling to fight it each and every morning when we wake up, it can be a hard-earned skill. But it is one of the most important things we can ever learn. “Where there’s a will there’s a way” and otherwise…you’re trapped in a life that others make for you, the system makes for you. Willpower offers you a chance to become your own person, fulfill your own dreams, and achieve what you truly want to in life. It’s not easy. In fact, it’s far from easy. Training your will is one of the most difficult things you’ll do in your life, but it’s well worth it.
I am so grateful that I fought against negative urges to get up this morning. I won’t let negative thoughts and challenges force me down. Because I woke up today I earned money to pay for food, water, and my home. Because I woke up today I am one step closer to the person I want to be. Even the smallest steps towards success keep me moving.