I have a habit of looking at quotes whenever I have a bad day. It’s something I’ve been doing since I was much younger, and it almost always makes me feel better. Or at least gives me something different to think about for a bit. And this month, I’ve had quite a few bad days. And then I came across this quote:
The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.
– Ayn Rand
I love this quote, and have been reminding myself of it for the past week. Because, sure, we all face obstacles that we can’t control. But if you really stop and think about it, who’s really stopping you from living your dreams? If you’re anything like me, 90% of the time, that person is you.
And what happens when I stop getting in my own way? Sure, the rest of the world isn’t going to just step aside and let me rise up without any opposition. But people care less about what you do than we tend to think. They might try to stop you. But you don’t need them to let you do anything. I think once we all realize we don’t need permission to fight for our dreams, we’ll be able to do a lot more with our lives.
This quote just made me feel powerful, and it’s a nice reminder that I have more control over my life than I think I do. Because there might not be anyone letting me succeed, but there’s also no one stopping me.
What do you think of this week’s quote? Is there a quote you think of to remind yourself to stop being in your own way?