When I am worried about something and things don’t go as I wanted or expected, I will explain it by saying that things were not meant to be. Sometimes, I may use the reasoning that I will let the universe decide. While all that sounds very passive, that is not my intention. I am not suggesting one should sit it out and give up. Quite the contrary, I think you should go for what you want—not just talk about it, but really go after it and put your intentions and desires front and center. Lots of people have great ideas and big hopes and dreams. Few can make them a reality. It’s not because their talent or intellect is not adequate, it’s just that something is preventing them from taking it over the line and executing. I am certainly not the smartest one in the room. I am not naturally gifted. I am just a grinder, a believer, and a taskmaster. I am relentless. I have certainly experienced lulls and lose my mojo, but I always find my way back.

I have also been fortunate to surround myself with exceptional people who build me up and encourage me. My parents played that role for my entire life until just recently. My husband and my daughter make me believe that anything is possible and are my biggest supporters. And, a few dear friends have always stuck by me, encouraged me and pushed me to greater heights. While I appreciate everyone does not have this village, inspiration comes in other ways. It can present itself from teachers, other family members, books, movies, or articles.

If you keep going, you have overcome half of the battle. Never give up and never lose hope. Nothing will materialize if you don’t keep moving it forward. Success happens through determination, hard work, high standards, perseverance, the right timing, and, of course, a little luck.

So yes, the world will give us signals we need to pay attention to and our timing may be off, but we should keep going if we are passionate. Instincts are usually right even if they cannot be explained. Positive thoughts about the possibilities are real. And when you want to give up hope, something miraculous may just happen for all of your dreams to come true.

“The universe doesn’t give you what you ask for with your thoughts – it gives you what you demand with your actions.”

—Steve Maraboli

Roopa Weber
About Roopa Weber
Roopa Weber is a blogger and children’s book author who aspires to inspire better lives through kindness and gratitude. Her motivation came from the values and love provided by her mother. Roopa wanted to find an avenue to instill her mother’s wisdom in her own daughter and carry the message forward generationally. And, so she wrote.