The Long-Shot Syndrome

By Jack Walker | July 1, 2012

 On this month back in 1776 ourgreat country gained its independence from the kingdom of Great Britain.  Sparing the history lesson and with all pompand parade, picnics, barbeques and fireworks aside, it is only fitting we begintaking action to do the same for ourselves. It’s only human nature to at times feel bewildered as to what one’spurpose in life may be.  We feel thatsince we have not arrived at the place we thought we would be at in our careeror personal life by now that “it will never happen”.  We have “lost” or “failed” so many times itseems we will never win or succeed on a level that meets our own expectationsand in turn grown accustomed to disappointment,  given in so much more easily, settled for lessand grown comfortable quicker with our dilemmas.  Perhaps you’ve been caught in the crossfireof doubt and frustration one to many times when it comes to believing inyourself, your confidence has long been shattered and drive been crippled.  These are all the symptoms of The Long-Shot Syndrome, an affliction sosinister and vicious it menacingly penetrates our mindset and state ofbeing.  It is viral.  It is fatal. It is as unhealthy of a disorder and disease as any out there.  However, it is treatable and there is a cure. {{more}} Eleanor Roosevelt said that “anyonecan conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doingthem until he gets a record of successful experience behind him”.  With this philosophy at mind and heart, ourseemingly greatest obstacles in life can be overcome with persistence and a”never give-up” mentality.  Congress hadlong debated and revised The Declaration of Independence; it was finallyapproved and on the Fourth of July, 1776 our nation was delivered.  Much like America did so many years agobefore gaining freedom; we have a tendency to question and argueourselves.  “Am I good enough?”  “I don’t deserve that.”  “Surely I won’t be able to do it.”  “I’ve tried and I can’t”.  These common thoughts and expressions all payhomage to the idol of fear.  In essence,we are keeping ourselves captive from achieving that which we desire most andonce we gain independence from our own bondage of trepidation, we will be freefrom the dark and ominous apprehension we have created for ourselves. If we stay in “the now”, it isimpossible for our thoughts and emotions to run away to the future or the past.  We can accept the feelings we’ve felt afterdisappointments, heartaches, loss, rejection and failures.  We can feel them; we can learn from them; butby no means do we have to wallow in them.   Albert Einstein said that “the world that we have created is a productof our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking”.  With this considered, if we divorce ourselves fromthe pessimistic thinking that is the barrier to our success, our ambition, ourhappiness, our freedom; we canconquer our fear, relocate drive and motivation and begin to grow and prospermuch like America did after having gained independence so many years ago. It is our own responsibility todevelop a system for success. Best-selling author Dale Carnegie affirmed that “Inaction breeds doubtand fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, donot sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” Furthermore, it is ourchoice as to whether we dispatch TheLong-Shot Syndrome, accomplish our own autonomy and live in alignment withour passion and dreams.  It has alwaysbeen our choice.  However, we have atendency to stand in our own way.  So,just as we did centuries past as one nation for one nation; let us do the sameas individuals for ourselves . . . ‘from this day forward forever more’.