2022 August 2 Have Faith in yourself and your ideas

Aug 02, 2022

Hi, this is Jim Cranston from 7EveryMinute and 7EveryMinute.com, the podcast and website by, for, and about Baby Boomers. Thanks for joining me tonight. Tonight we're gonna go over remembering to have faith in yourself, and faith in life in general. So let's get started.


First of course, we have the regular reminder that I'm not a medical professional. I'll be talking about things that I personally find useful and helpful. If you find yourself feeling truly hopeless or depressed, please seek professional medical help, or just dial 911 or the three-digit quick-dial number 988, or you can dial the old number 800 273-8255. That'll get you connected with somebody just to talk things out and talk things over. Or just dial 911. Good to know for yourself or for a friend. 


The theme for tonight is having faith in yourself. We could probably generalize that to having faith in life in general. That doesn't mean life will always go the way that you want, but it's a mindset that allows you to see opportunities when they arise. 


There's an old saying that good luck comes to those who recognize the opportunities around them. Every day we're faced with choices of what to do, how to live our life, the next moment, the next week for the rest of our lives. The same is true for everyone around us. Why do some people move ahead while other people stay in place, or even seem to fall behind? It's because those who are willing to follow their goals despite the risks. 


Another saying is: success is sometimes just being too stubborn to see the obstacles or the obvious. A friend of mine who did very well with her online business often talks about how she only spent seven years becoming an overnight success. We see people, and things seem to go well for them quickly. What we don't see is all the work that happened behind the scenes. She told me what kept her and her husband going. They truly believed in what they were doing. They were willing to keep trying, and they had faith in their own vision, even when others did not. Someone once said: good ideas are a dime, a dozen. It's actions that will bring you success.


Besides having faith in what you're doing, you also must be willing to act on your own ideas. Another way to say that is you have to be involved. You have to be involved in life. You have to be involved in doing what you really want to see happen. So you may have loads of ideas, and things to do with the grandkids, or to help a charity. But unless you actually act and do those things, they're just thoughts and they'll quietly disappear into the mist with no change in life, no change in anyone around you. We, and especially the younger generations, we've been well trained by society to follow the norm and it's okay to think a little bit differently, not to really stand out.


What sort of person would go out and start their own rocket company to compete with NASA, like Elon Musk. Or let’s start a huge online business, originally by selling some books more cheaply, and now accounts for over 50% of all retail US sales. That would be Jeff Bezos. 


Or in the world of computer databases. They built an entire ecosystem around it with over 50% market share. And that person personally still owns over 40% of the company. That would be Larry Ellison.


None of these people were afraid to stand out, to trust their instincts and to ignore their critics. It's not just in wealth. People have founded a charity, started movements, even started governments and countries. They had the courage to have faith in themselves. So the next time you have a good idea, if it's consistent with your real dreams, please consider making it into a good action to start creating the world that you want to live in. You don't have to start a country to make huge sweeping changes in the world around you. It could be as simple as teaching a child the alphabet, or helping a young mother learn how to cook. But if it matters to you, it will matter to other people as well.


You can change the world or even maybe even change yourself. Isn't it easier to change yourself rather than change the world? Not really. The hardest thing to change is ourselves. And it gets no easier as we get older, but if we can change ourselves by living the life that we really want, then changing the world becomes easy because people will look at you and they'll want to live a life like you're living.


That's it for the evening. Thanks for stopping by. Stay healthy. Care for others, but remember to care for yourself so you can always be at your very best. 


Please remember the people in Ukraine. The war in Ukraine is still raging. It's actually probably worse than ever. UKR7.com is the page of links to ways you can make donations. Things over there are still just horrible. It's a war of attrition at this point. Remember one of the best ways to care for yourself is to care for others. So if you can, and you're able, please check it out.  They really need our help. 


So as always, be true to yourself, live your life aligned with your true goals and feelings. Thanks for stopping by. If you found something interesting or useful, please pass it along. If not, please drop me a comment as to what you'd like to hear. Have a great week. Thanks for visiting.


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