Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction. Margaret Thatcher
I read this quote yesterday on a blog by Pamela Cafritz. What an amazing quote by an amazing woman. Maggie Thatcher was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century, and the only woman ever to have held the post.
A Soviet journalist nicknamed her the “Iron Lady”, which later became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style.
Although I confess not knowing much about her politics, it was her conviction to succeed that really gets my juices flowing. Can you imagine what opposition she must’ve come up against in a male-dominated environment, to succeed in becoming elected? Can you imagine the bullying she must’ve had to endure, just to make her way to the top? So why did she not give in? What caused her to carry on regardless? I bet there were some instances where she felt like throwing in the towel. What stopped her?
In the quote she talks about pride, self-esteem and personal satisfaction coming as an effect of discipling yourself. However, I believe what drove her to success, was her need to do what was “right and important”, regardless of the outcome. She was so compelled to act, that although the difficulties were probably more than most of us endure in our life times, they weren’t difficult enough to halt her pursuit.
It would seem like the harder thing would’ve been to live a life that compromised what she believed in. It would’ve been harder to sit back and do nothing.
Today and every day, I am inspired by people like Baroness Thatcher. She had something that she believed in so passionately, she wasn’t prepared to let anything stop her.
It just goes to show that when you are connected to your passion and are truly living with purpose and conviction, anything is possible.
Question: What drives you forward in your life? What are you passionate enough to drive you into taking action?