Try this experiment: go into a pitch-black room, like a cellar or a bomb shelter with the lights off. Take a pack of matches with you and light a match. Better yet, light a small candle. Notice how one tiny flame illuminates so much darkness.
The above phenomenon is a wonderful spiritual metaphor: sure, there are tons of evil in the world - wherever you go, wherever you look. But, one righteous person engaged in charitable deeds and in spreading love, peace and joy virtually purifies the atmosphere. The Gemara teaches that such a person can save the world.
You, cherished friend, have every attribute to be that person. Even if you regard yourself as nothing more than one tiny light, you can illuminate the darkness, if you only believe in your ability to do so.
People have the wrong notion about humility. Humility is not walking around telling yourself and everyone else that you're a nothing. A person who does that is more than likely both arrogant and stupid. Humility is knowing that your potential and successes come from Hashem. As such, truly humble people actually have a higher potential than the arrogant, for the truly humble know that just as Hashem in unlimited, so is the potential that He gives each of us. As soon as we begin to believe in ourselves, we can begin to aspire.
I entered a Jerusalem bookstore, looking for a book that I couldn't find anywhere else, a commentary of Torah written by the Rabbi Yitzchak Caro osb"m, uncle of Rabbi Yosef Caro osb"m, the author of the Shulchan Aruch. When the store owner told me that he had a copy, and told me the price that was remarkably reasonable, I started to thank Hashem then thank him, blessing him profusely. The store owner then asked me, "Are you from the South, from Ashdod or Netivot maybe?"
I replied, "How did you know? Is it written on my forehead?"
The merchant answered, "No, nor am I a Kabbalist. It's just that you southerners have a certain smile and a certain tone - I don't know how to describe it - it's like you're full of emuna."
I started to think; the missiles from Gaza have probably done more than anything to make us southerners strengthen our emuna and cling to Hashem. We're reminded constantly that our lives are totally dependent on Hashem. So in that case, the missiles have been ultimately good, for they've brought us closer to Hashem. With emuna in mind, everything is from Hashem and everything is for the best. As such, when we realize that our troubles come from Hashem, we can ride on their backs and they'll just take us higher and higher.
For some, reaching the top is accomplishing a goal that they never dreamed of accomplishing, like losing fifty pounds or ridding themselves of a bad habit. For others, it's simply gratification and happiness. At any rate, once we learn how to think positively, we already envision ourselves at the top. All that remains is the “minor” technical details of how to get there. But if we don't focus on our goal at the outset, we'll never attain it.
The moment you decide to look objectively at who you really are and accept yourself for what you are, you take the first wonderful step up toward success. The reward is tremendous, for as soon as you get to know yourself and accept yourself for what you are, you gain emotional freedom.