‘Look closely at the present you’re constructing, it should look like the future you’re dreaming.’ – Alice Walker
Whenever I’m asked what my greatest fear is, my circle expects me to say drowning or so, but my phobia for water or animals doesn’t quite cut it. I can actual work to overcome these phobias, so no, they are nowhere near the list that highlights my greatest fears. If there is one thing we should be afraid, it’s stagnancy. I fear being stuck in one place, one position, never growing, never advancing; the standstill, that is my greatest fear.
Life evolves you know; change is the only constant in life, it evolves and because we’re caught in the dance we have to follow its tune. Life happens in stages and as such we have to grow daily to progress through its impossible stages and standards and to do this, we set daily goals that work hand in hand to fulfill our ultimate goal.
I find that the fear of being stagnant is a great push factor. When we sit and really reflect on where we are presently compared to where we were yesterday and where we hope to be tomorrow, we can actually tell if we’ve grown or if we’re stuck. There are times when things just don’t work for us and we start to question everything, we’re stuck in a rut and we can’t seem to figure out why or crawl our way out.
Understand that these things happen. Stagnancy, yeah it happens to the best of us, but if we let it get to us, it affects our mental health. When you’re in a rut, do something, create a bucket-list of things you never would do or a list of tasks and do something everyday until the phase passes. Do not remain still, ensure that you keep moving, even if the goal you set out to achieve initially isn’t responding, never mind it; give it space and do something else.
As you do this, bear in mind that somethings take time-it might take months or years, but your time will come. You will definitely see results no matter how long it takes, so until then, keep moving. An idle mind is the devil’s workshop, do something. Let the fear of stagnancy push you to always work towards something, it doesn’t matter how slow you’re going, just keep going.
‘If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.’ – Martin Luther King