From “The Human Condition: A User’s Manual,” by Arnold Kunst
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair
Don’t play old tapes. Ok, so you wet your pants on your first day in kindergarten, and you were really embarrassed. And for years after that, whenever you were embarrassed, that first day in school is what comes back to you. Bear in mind, unless you cope effectively that mindset you won’t succeed at anything. Life just doesn’t work like that. You must take reasonable precautions about that playing-old-tapes thing.
Here’s a suggestion: consider starting up a Warm-And-Fuzzies file. Buy yourself a really nice, expensive three-ring binder, and a packet of those clear plastic sheets designed to hold 8 1/2X11’s and fit into a three-ring binder. Then slip evidence of accomplishments into those plastic sheets to preserve them as if they were important - glowing letters of recommendation, certificates of completion, heart-felt thank-you notes, e-mails from friends, or even strangers, you want never to forget. Throwing them out with yesterday’s daily newspaper is the very same thing as abdicating a kind of royal prerogative. For whether you realize it or not, you were built for greatness. You can neither accurately measure its impact nor alter that destiny - but you can intentionally walk away from it.
And if you do abdicate, you’ll end up like the legions of historical might-have-beens; you’ll be just like a car driving along railroad tracks – with the right vehicle on the wrong road it’s no wonder youll lose your transmission inside a mile!