I am indefatigable. You should be too.
I remember the first time I heard the word indefatigable. My best friend said; “Justine is indefatigable in her life and entrepreneurship”….. time stopped for me. Was I indefatigable?
In.de.fatigable. adjective. (of a person or their efforts) persisting tirelessly; incapable of being tired out; not yielding to fatigue; untiring.
There aren’t enough indefatigable people in the world. Most people just aren’t living their life in congruence with their true purpose and therefore aren’t indefatigable. They aren’t living a life they are totally passionate about.
I am very blessed to be living the life I was meant to live. I’m completely kicking all the goals I planned to. I’m in complete harmony with my thoughts, beliefs, self esteem & actions. I have control over my body and my mind. I know that I can do hard things. I have overcome many difficult and challenging situations in the past. I know I will have many challenges in the future. I know that I can overcome any future obstacles that come my way.
I am a goal kicker.
I have had the privilege throughout my life of being inspired by indefatigable role models throughout my life. One who is still very dear to my heart is Oprah Winfrey.
I am possibly the only school child in the world who would daily tape Oprah’s daytime talk show and watch it religiously after school. Yes, every day. I discovered Oprah in 1989 when I was approximately 11 years old. I can’t begin to describe the affect her example has been in my life.
I remember very clearly the way Oprah spoke to my young mind. I clearly received a message that I could do anything I wanted to in the world. I could conquer my fears, change my thinking, improve my circumstances, improve other people’s circumstances. I could live my dream. So here I am, living my dream. Everyone has the power to change their circumstances and live their dream. I know that for sure.
I didn’t come from a privileged background, quite the opposite really. My mother was a single mother on a pension for the majority of my years in her care. My father is an alcoholic and has been since I was 3 years old. I can’t remember him not being an alcoholic. I just remember the days before I was aware of that fact.
It was my 16th birthday when I became aware of his alcoholism. He couldn’t drive me to the beach that day – it was a 5 minute drive in the car. He said he didn’t have any petrol in his car or money for petrol. He’d just returned in his car from the bottle shop with two new cases of beer. I realized that day where his priorities lay. I was determined to go to the beach that day. I walked for what felt like a solid hour to get there. Life has been like that for me ever since.
I didn’t love my father any less from that day onwards, I just knew from a young age that I couldn’t rely on him. In life, this has been one of my most valuable lessons. If you want something, you have to put forth your own effort to make it happen. Making things happen only comes from effort. You have to empower yourself and be dedicated to your long term goals, then work hard on smaller goals until you can tick them off.
If you are lazy you won’t achieve your goals. If you aren’t clear on what your goals are - you won’t know where you are going. If you are clear and passionate and willing to work hard on the necessary tasks that make up your goal - you’ll get there. The people around you – who are achieving their goals – they don’t have super-powers, they are just ticking off a task, an action or a step towards their goal, then another one, and another one. They are literally just taking some form of action forwards whilst you're still wishing / thinking about it. If you are not reaching your goals the only obstacle is you. Figure out the solution. If something isn't working, change it, work out how you move forward.
At a young age I cultivated a vision of what I wanted in my life. I wanted a successful marriage, a happy family, a lovely home and I wanted to become an entrepreneur, to run a successful company and then to become a Philanthropist. Ultimately I want to give of my time, talents and energy to bless my own family first, then other peoples’ lives.
This clear vision has enabled me to know where I’m going. It’s the first step of going anywhere.
Throughout my childhood and teenage years, my mother encouraged me to ‘Marry a Doctor’. That was going to be my ticket to a happy wonderful and fulfilling life. I would think to myself, why wouldn’t I become the Doctor? Why do I have to marry one?
I have followed my heart at every stage in my life and used my head to think problems or issues thorough from multiple angles. From a young age I had the ability to THINK BIG. I have identified and worked hard at the things that I’m passionate about. Through all this thinking and analyzing, and passion, I have identified the ‘intersection’ of my life. This is the cross-roads on which I have focused my efforts, my energy, my life. My cross section was unveiled to me by my business mentor Glen Carlson, Co-founder of Key Person of Influence in a 40 week business accelerator program. My ‘intersection’ is made up of two fundamental passions that make me tick. My intersection is: EMPOWERMENT and ACHIEVING GOALS. Don’t get me wrong, I’m also passionate about a lot of other things, but these two are the things that fuel my inner energy, the things that fuel my core being.
I have indefatigable energy when I’m operating around my intersection.
Throughout my entire life I have operated around my intersection. Because of this I have been indefatigable in my efforts, drive and determination. My energy has never faltered or dropped slightly at any point of my journey.
Challenges will always appear in front of me. At times I don’t know how I’ll be able to overcome them. At times I feel pushed to the very limits of my capabilities. Being Indefatigable doesn’t make life easier.
The joy of being indefatigable is that I LOVE everyday. I can see where I’ve come from, I know where I’m going. When my head hits the pillow at night I always feel as though I have achieved something – I’m always further along my path, I’ve grown, I’ve learned, I’ve changed, I’ve evolved.
I implore you to find the things in your life that you are passionate about. Find your intersection. Live an indefatigable life and your efforts will be rewarded with the deepest personal satisfaction. You’ll love each day from the moment you wakeup in the morning until the moment you close your eyes at night. You won’t be able to wait until the next day, week or month – because so many exciting new things are on the horizon. Life just gets better and better.