Year of Sacrifice: Stamped.

As a college student trying to figure everything out while also planning for the future, it’s so important for me to stay motivated and inspired. One of my favorite ways to do so is listening to one of the best motivational speakers out there, Dr. Eric Thomas, aka, “The Hip-Hop Preacher.” He has a plethora of passionate YouTube videos that aim to tell his story of how he overcame his humble beginnings and how viewers can reach their fullest potential, DESPITE life and its rough patches.

One of my favorite statements made by Dr. Thomas is “if you want to be successful, you must be willing to sacrifice what you ARE for what you could BECOME.”

I’ve learned recently that if nothing changes, NOTHING changes. Yes, you read that right. If you don’t change your mentality, you’ll still have the same thought processes that lead to the same actions that lead to the same results. Then at that point, we often become victims, and avoid taking responsibility for many of the things going on in our lives.

Being young isn’t always a walk in the park. This phase of life is complicated because the decisions you make at this age will affect you forever. Well, I guess I’ll come out and say it. 2015 was a difficult year for me. I lost some people I cared about and learned some hard truths that caused some growing pains. I had a near death experience and struggled through my fall semester of college. Nevertheless, I took it upon myself to stop feeling sorry for myself and claim 2016 as my year of SACRIFICE. 2016 will be my year to change the things that I don’t like in my life without relying on someone else to do it for me. 2016 will be the year to let go of old habits that bring about the same predictable outcomes.

Most importantly, I began this year with a completely new mentality.

I would say that it was easy to do or that all I had to do was click a switch. But I’d be lying. It’s really a process that takes you coming to the realization that you’ve had enough and you want something more for yourself. No one can want it for you. Now this I will tell you: I’ve never been happier. And my happiness has nothing to do with others or what they can do for me. It’s truly amazing what happens when you focus on you, strive to be happy for you, get up and grind for YOU without stressing over when that person, opportunity, or moment will come around.

Stop waiting on someone or something to happen in order for you to be fully happy. Live out your fullest potential now. Inspire and encourage yourself. Do it all for you. Then, the things that you’ve prayed and wished for will eventually attract and find you, as you mold yourself into what God designed you to be.

I hope that this year and beyond you choose to sacrifice old bad habits, tendencies, and toxic mentalities for what’s to come. It’s never too late.