Advice: Stay true to your own endeavors

Everyone goes through a stage in life when they are trying to figure out what they want to do.

Some struggle less than others who and at a young age, have a clear vision of where they want to be in the future.

But for most people, the journey can be confusing and discouraging.

It’s not until you get older that you realize that all the experiences you have in life. Jobs, training, traveling and even the people you have dated were all part of your story for a reason.

The most important thing to remember as you figure out what you want in life is to be yourself. We all have unique talents and abilities that set us apart from others.

Trust your instincts and never compromise your values and beliefs for anyone.

Success is not only measured by how much money you make, but also by how you live your life. The integrity in the method you choose to make your money and how you treat others is very telling of the kind of person you are.

Success has value only when it comes with integrity and the respect of others.

Figuring out what path to take isn’t always easy. Sometimes you just have to choose a road and take action. Even if you change directions along the way.

Dreams are important, but dreams without action do not produce results.

Make a plan. Write down three things that you want to accomplish in life. Place that list somewhere, where you can look at it every day.

It doesn’t matter how long it may take you, because getting there that is important. Don’t compare your life to others and be open to the opportunities that come your way.

Sometimes we are so focused on a goal that we fail to see the opportunities offered to us that may be a better choice.

Everything in life comes in stages, and those steps taken to complete the process are like the foundation in a house. If it’s not sturdy and ready to hold the weight it will crack.

E.E. Cummings said, “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”

This is so true, because when you put yourself out there and take a risk there is always the possibility of failure.

Failure, however, has its merits. There is nothing to be ashamed of, especially if you learn something from the experience.

The definition of success means different things to different people. What matters is that you always do your best. And that you find joy in life regardless of your circumstances.

Be grateful for what you have, and have faith that the best is yet to come.

Maria Luisa Salcines is a freelance writer, and certified parent coach with The International Network for Children and Families in Redirecting Children’s Behavior and Redirecting for a Cooperative Classroom.

Follow her on Twitter @PowerOf Family, Instagram mlsalcinespoweroffamily or contact her on her blog FamilyLifeAndFindingHappy.com.