I have learned over the years that playing it safe is just an illusion because life is not about that. You will never evolve if you don’t take risks and you won’t grow if you don’t fail and start from the bottom. Being able to take control of your life, regardless of what’s happening in it is going to take you to the next level. I truly believe that everybody has the potential to be great, to create amazing things in this world that will live on way past their time. But many don’t because it’s hard. It’s that simple, they’re just not willing to put in the hard work. They chose to sit down and patiently wait instead. They wait for the right moment, for them to be prepared for it; they wait for the right opportunity to come knocking on their door. The great Les Brown once said, “You don’t have to be great to get started but you have to get started to be great”. There will never be a right time, you just have to start and do it. Don’t wait for things to be perfect, because they will never be. Perfection is simply an illusion we create to trick ourselves into something that isn’t attainable. This way we start feeling hopeful that one day, that perfect moment will arrive. Trust me it won’t, not unless you go get it, or at least meet it halfway.

The most successful people I have met didn’t come from wealthy backgrounds, but they were rich in passion and joy for life. These two qualities will take you further than any amount of money ever will. If you want something you have to first be passionate about it. In doing so, you will have the right intention for it to make it happen. Everything that comes from the heart, is genuine and this brings out possibilities. Passion keeps your dreams alive and your vision steady. When you are passionate about what you want to do, you know it’s possible. And if it feels impossible, you will break the barriers to make it happen because that’s what true authenticity flourishes.

There is no special formula for becoming successful, you just have to work hard and believe you can do it. Many people look at successful individuals and wonder how they go to where they are. Don’t waste your time trying to decipher the correct formula because it doesn’t exist. It’s actually quite simple when you discover that if you work hard for it and continue to believe that it will happen, eventually it will. The reason why the world’s greatest innovators are able to do what they do is that they never gave up. They didn’t wait for that holiday in the sun for two weeks or attended every social gathering their friends invited them too. They probably don’t have that many friends, because they focus on what matters to them and that is their vision. Self-belief comes with the ability to trust yourself, to know and appreciate who you are. When you realize that you are the only one who needs to believe you can do whatever it is you desire, that’s when you’ll actually do it. Regardless of how much encouragement you receive from others, the voice you always need to listen to is your own. Know you are good enough to achieve everything you want and more. Start believing and take action on that self-power and magic will happen.

Listen to your inner voice and follow your intuition. You know what’s right for you. When you look at the world’s most high achieving athletes, one of the key things that always stands out is their ability to focus on their target. Nadal once said that he knows exactly where his next shot will be, way before it happens. So many times, we know what we really want, but we sometimes let ourselves distracted by others’ opinions. Keep your dreams to yourself, you are the only validation you need. Focus your attention inward and realize that you are the only person who needs to give you the go-ahead on where you are going. If you really think about it, you know deep down what you are good at and what makes you happy. Don’t lose track of that feeling and direct your energy on what feels right for you.