Time is precious. Nobody understands this more than the many people who shed tears over missed opportunities every day. When we’re young, life feels like an infinite frontier. It feels like the future is far away, and we can afford to take detours as we wait for our dreams to eventually come true. That is, until life happens. Until time flies, as it naturally does, and in the blink of an eye, the future that once seemed distant somehow ends up in the rear-view mirror. Leaving us with nothing to show for lapsed years but disappointment.

It’s Not Over:
     The guilt of lost time can feel devastating. However, wrestling with regret doesn’t mean that you’ve reached the end of t! he road. On the contrary, no matter how much time you think you may have lost, it truly never is too late to become the person you want to be. All you have to do is pick yourself back up – and try again. Just because you made some mistakes before, doesn’t mean you have to give up on what you want to achieve in life. Just because you’ve faced tragedy in the past as well, doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to know the joy of realizing success. As long as you have breath in your lungs, it’s still possible to hope. It’s still possible to work. It’s still possible to fight for what you want. So do it. Try. Because it doesn’t really matter how you started the race, or how long you might take to finish it. The only thing that matters is whether you finish the race strong. If you need some help remembering to keep hope alive, here are five affirmations to recite in the mirror every day:

     I. “My Strength is Greater Than Any Struggle.”
     What doesn’t kill you, can only make you stronger. Always remember that every challenge you’ve survived in the past has equipped you with resilience. Don’t take this fact for granted. Draw from the strength of your past survival in order to overcome the challenges of the future.

     II. “I Choose Faith Over Fear.”
     How you feel determines the focus of your thoughts, what you think about determines the course of your actions, and the actions you repeat establish patterns of behavior. If you expect to make consequential decisions or execute successful behavior, embrace faith and optimism as a core guiding emotion. Fear paralyses. Faith encourages! .

     III. “Success is in My Future.”
Whether or not you realize it, self-fulfilling prophecies are an important ingredient of positive reinforcement. If you confess success into your life, especially before it happens, you will position yourself psychologically to possess success when it finally manifests.

     IV. “I am Becoming a Better Version of Myself One Day at a Time.”
     Ambition is a trait which must never fade from your character. Reciting this affirmation encourages you to challenge yourself relentlessly. It reminds you to take stock of whether you’re working to evolve. The more you l! earn and grow, the more effective your decisions become.

     V. “Every Day is filled with New Possibilities.”
     It’s important to learn from the past, but don’t get so obsessed with reflection that you end up living in it. Progress is about seizing on momentum. It’s about being kinetic and using every fresh start to accomplish new goals. Instead of being complacent, use every new day to add on to your legacy.

To quote Ecclesiastes 9:11, “I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all.” The plans you make in life may not always fall into place as expected, but that doesn’t mean you ! should throw in the towel. It matters if you keep trying. It matters if you keep hope alive. Because to be honest, the only victories worth celebrating in life, are those we fight valiantly for.