If life is consistent in one way, it’s that it very rarely (if ever) moves only forward. No matter how hard we’re working or how well we’re doing, we can bank on the fact that progress will always be interrupted by a little (or not so little) step backward. This is OK. Backward steps are a necessary part of the dance of life. And they almost always bear gifts that take us further forward than we could ever have gotten without them.
"Most people will talk the talk, few will walk the walk. Be amongst these few." In other words, don't just believe your beliefs, live them. When you do, people will be drawn to your authenticity.
Sadly, it is common for people to spend their energy on fitting in. To heck with that! Be brave and determined to walk your own, authentic path through life. You will be amazed at how powerful authenticity feels.
After months of relentless anxiety, I discovered that when I stay engaged with each moment I do not feel anxious at all. Instead I feel like me. A mindfulness practice such as yoga can help you develop the skills to dig deep and resist circumstances that seem designed to distract you from your current experience. While I can't promise that practice will make you perfect, I can guarantee that practice such as this will make you better at staying fully engaged (and less anxious!) in the moments of your life.
The perfect moments that pepper our lives are not something we earn or deserve. They are gifts. They are hope. They are inspiration. Because of the sometimes long stretches between such moments they are surprises, but not wholly unexpected. Each perfect moment that we're lucky enough to have serves as a promise (guarantee, actually) that another will happen one day.
A yoga teacher I respect once criticized me for working too hard. While I still consider hard work to be one of my superpowers, years later I understand what she was trying to teach me. Shifting gears to work smarter rather than harder can make it possible to do what you're doing for the rest of your life.