Written by Evelyn C. Garcia
Edit by Akemis Ortiz
The drive that will make you successful!
In March of 2018, I traveled to Costa Rica with my sister Jasmin, and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life! Many doors will open to you throughout your life, do not be afraid to go through them, and recognize how your life will change right in front of your eyes! These are the opportunities you would not want to miss, and I am beyond glad to have taken one. On this trip, I did the most thrilling and breathtaking activity someone can do-- I went bungee jumping! Before landing on the terrain of Costa Rica, I had already decided that I was going through with this. I wasn’t leaving this country without accomplishing this goal. I was so eager that I believed that I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I left Costa Rica without jumping. I needed to do this for myself.
When the day approached, I was feeling pretty nervous, and my anxiety started to pile up. While I was waiting at the site, I was very quiet; I was smiling at everyone and observing their behavior as usual. Yet this day was different. I was feeling a sort of out of body experience. It was like I was watching everyone from above, including myself. I couldn't help but think, was this truly happening? I found myself in front of a group of young ladies, who were perhaps on their senior trip for high school. I saw that many of them were excited and eager to jump and that a few were not so thrilled. In particular, one girl was crying, saying she couldn’t do it. She was consoled by two other girls that were trying to comfort her by saying, you don’t have to do it, it’s ok. This girl still got on the tram, and up they went collectively. They were the group before me. I saw one girl jump, then the next, and then a pause that seemed like an eternity. We all were waiting in anticipation-- wondering if the last girl was going to jump. And about 20 minutes later, we finally see her coming down! We all jumped for joy!!! YAY, she did it! A day I bet she will always remember.
Then it was my turn. I was left for last beside some other guy in that the cord needed to be adjusted. The guy was a stranger, so I stood alone. I had no one to hold me and no one to say you got this! I had to encourage myself and become an influencer for myself. He jumped instantly and made it look so easy, with no hesitation at all. I was like damn it couldn’t you just wait a little bit longer, take your time so I can take it all in while I sit here and enjoy the scenery. Although I wasn’t there to enjoy the scenery, I was there to accomplish a goal!
To do something for me!
While I was getting strapped by the guys who worked there, I was shaking so much that I thought I was going to fall right off, so I held on to the tram for my dear life. One guy just kept on saying, do not worry about it, you will be fine, just let go and jump. Easier said than done my friend. I moved to the edge, and my knees locked. He noticed and said bend your knees and squat just a little and jump like you were about to jump into a pool. I couldn’t even possibly think like that. I couldn’t envision a pool at that time. There was just air in front of me and nothing else but the ground way below, so I couldn’t possibly jump into the air. What did I do then? I walked into the air! I took a step right into thin air and dropped. That one step was needed to reach my goal. Taking that one step was the most magnificent feeling you can ever imagine. Taking that step was an accomplishment that I did and that no one could ever take away.
How is this relevant in having that drive that will make you successful? Close your eyes and think of a moment where you felt like you 'bungee jumped' in life. That day you felt so accomplished that it made you believe you can conquer the world. You can take a moment to do that now. Just close your eyes and feel those sentiments once again. Remind yourself of that feeling when you're completing any tasks, and you will be successful! Don’t venture onto a business for money. You will not succeed. Venture for the feeling of total satisfaction of self-accomplishment! Look for that feeling that if you don’t get it done, you will not survive! Nothing is stopping you from success but you! If you don’t feel like this with your business, then you should find another business or find that feeling! Having that feeling of self-accomplishment and determination to make you do whatever it takes is what you need to be successful.
Once we got back to the office, the attendant showed us the video of when I jumped, and I began crying. My sister was confused as to why I was crying, especially after I had already done it. Yes, that’s why I was crying, because I did it! I couldn't believe that I managed to do something like that! I took that step to accomplish a goal. I take this very same feeling with me into my business. Every day I feel like I'm ready to jump, and this is how I know that I am on the right path. I sincerely hope you have or find that same feeling as well.
Find that drive-- and I guarantee that you will be successful!