The ability to motivate yourself and control your emotions, especially when life is not going as expected, is not an easy task. Unfortunately, most people are controlled by the emotions of an unpredictable life. The "Highs" are high and the "Lows" are low. The inconsistency prevents progress. However, being a boat on the sea that is tossed up and down by the waves is not how we should live. We should take control of the sails of that boat and grab a hold of the rudder and turn the nose of the boat into the wind. We need to take control. We should never put too much value in all of the good things that are said about us and we should never put too much value in the negative things that are attributed to us either. The truth is in the middle. We have the ability to filter. We have control of our mind, attitude and emotions and that control will allow us to proceed forward toward our full potential by keeping us focused on reality instead of perception.