“It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”
step 1: believe in yourself
You can’t succeed without first believing in yourself. You have to have faith that you can do it. When you are determined, fear and doubt will set in, but you can’t let anything dampen your determination.
Step 2: believe in others
The one ingredient you cannot leave out is this one. So you’ve found belief in yourself and you’ve made the effort to keep on going no matter what. Now it’s your turn to spread the sunlight to those around you.
You know what it’s like to lose hope, to feel like giving up. But you didn’t make it to the finish line alone. So show those who need encouragement that you are cheering them on. This leads to the next step…
step 3: encourage and inspire
You have the opportunity to be a light to the darkness of anyone you meet. It may be a family member, a friend, a neighbor, or maybe just a person on the street. Sometimes all you have to do is smile and that’s enough to brighten someone’s day. It’s the effort that counts. So smile a little more, hug more, show love more! Why? Because you can.
step 4: show that you care
We are so limited these days to how much we show love to those around us. We don’t check on people to know how they are doing or how their lives are going. We don’t let people know enough that we care.
You have that opportunity everyday to show love to anyone and everyone you come in contact with. When it comes down to it, showing love is far more fulfilling than showing indifference or hate. Is it easier? No, but it’s more rewarding.
step 5: plant some flowers
Now, I don’t mean this literally, though it wouldn’t hurt to go out and actually plant some flowers. What I mean by this is how flowers seem to make places lighter and colorful no matter where they are placed. They are a sign of life and growth. You too can be a sign of life; color where there is none; and light where it is darkness. So plant flowers wherever you go.
And in the words of a good friend,“You don’t have to be rich, or famous, or a genius or anything to be amazing.” Just be yourself.