The second value my books offer is this:
Taking action to achieve your goals is possible with the right support and treatment.
As soon as I got out of the hospital the first time I had the goal of finding a full-time job and living on my own.
I was shunted into a community mental health center system ill-equipped to help a young person like me with so much potential. Yet I succeeded because I took action in the direction of my dream(s).
Being goal-directed might simply be the number-one predictor of how far a person will go in his or her life.
You might not be able to achieve what you set out to right away (or at all) yet continuing to take action will help you succeed.
The goal is to not let setbacks along the way defeat you. If you can’t do one thing, try to do another thing.
A real-life example: a woman I know couldn’t cope with the demands of a rigorous university where she would’ve gotten an occupational therapy degree. This didn’t render her life a dead-end. Her life wasn’t over and the possibilities for what she could do were still evident.
The woman years later did get a masters degree and is now quite successful in another career.
That’s why giving up on yourself isn’t an option.
The corollary to this value is another value: that being able to adapt to what happens in your life and to change course to do something unexpected that can be better: is a valuable mindset to have.
Rule out nothing.
The word itself says: “I’m possible.”