Some days are good, and some days are bad, and yesterday I had a bad day.

I’m not afraid to admit this because, despite my majestic beard, I am still just a human being, and human beings have bad days from time to time.

I didn’t exactly feel like giving up – because I will never, ever, ever give up – but I did feel like taking a bit of a break from, well, everything. I felt this way because I was tired. Physically, emotionally and psychologically, it felt as though I had tangled with the business end of a freight train.

When you’re tired, your perspective tends to get a little distorted and you may even start thinking of doing something very irresponsible like quitting.

As I said, quitting wasn’t on the cards, but I did need to have a serious pep talk with myself.

After a solid 9 hours of sleep, I woke up this morning knowing that something exceptional was going to happen.

Try three. Three exceptional things.

For starters, and just to show the universe – and myself – that I had no intention of quitting, I wrote a review for a new album by one of my favorite bands. I posted a link to the review, tagged the band and they ended up commenting, stating their thanks for the “amazing words”.

I was still at the peak of this high when I received an email regarding a poetry competition that I had recently entered. Two emails, in fact for, you see, I had entered two poems.

The first email informed me that my poem would regrettably not be getting published. I was completely unfazed by this, and banished the communique to my deleted items folder. Hey, I reasoned, even the best writers get rejected every now and again. Keeps us grounded.

Mere moments later, a second email came through with a decidedly more upbeat subject line. My second submission was getting published, and I would even be receiving some money for it.


The takeaway

Life gets really awesome really quickly, and we wouldn’t have appreciated or even acknowledged the really good days were it not for the bad ones. It’s so easy to blame circumstances and the universe and everything else when things don’t go our way, but it’s how you respond to these challenges that will ultimately shape your future mindset.

The question is: how badly do you want it, and how hard will you push yourself to get it?

A second message that I’d like you to take away from this post is this: fear is what keeps most people from achieving greatness. Fear of failing, fear of rejection, fear of making the wrong decisions.

The thing about fear is, it’s a liar and, unfortunately, a very convincing one. Fear convinces us that we’re not good enough, not talented enough, not famous enough. I speak from experience, of course.

Every time that I’ve reached out to someone objectively more famous than me, it’s worked in my favor and my life is considerably more awesome simply because I threw caution to the wind and stopped being afraid of getting rejected.

So go ahead and email that famous person, that millionaire who you think will never respond…because what if they do? Maybe that’s the part that scares you!


Posted by Charl Mijnhardt

Charl Mijnhardt is an established freelance writer with a special interest in wellness and mental health. He is also an experienced technical writer with many years' experience writing for the security industry. He currently lives in South Africa with his wife, Nastasia, and his cat, Gizmo. Hire him to write engaging copy for your website, blog, e-book, newsletter or marketing communications.

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