The Power of Being a Participant

The Power of Being a Participant

The Power of Being a Participant

The last time, I wrote about the power of being present, and this post today, titled The Power of Being a Participant, is an extension of that. Many times, we choose to be spectators in the way we decide to direct our lives. We are hopeful that someone, someday will pick us up and crown us with all the dreams we have. But that is a one-in-a-billion event.

The opposite of that anyways is to be a participant. To actively choose to direct the course of your life. What are you doing about your dreams? Are you waiting for something miraculous to happen or you are taking active steps to create your miracle or at least be prepared for the miracle?

Being a participant is taking active charge of your life by doing what needs to be done no matter how little it might be. Many times, we think our little efforts are not good enough. We think success happens by taking very huge strides which is not always true. Success happens as a result of the culmination of all our small steps.

Other times, we are more concerned about what people will say but in reality, people who have something to say are usually not the people you should be listening to. The power of being a participant is that you begin to take agency over your life rather than allow some people to do that for you

I leave you with Theodore Roosevelt’s speech titled The Man in the Arena

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither knows victory nor defeat.”

to be continued…

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