Do not deny who you are. Our understanding of who we are prevents others from defining us and allows us to identify those areas in our life that need improvement. We may not always like what we discover through self-assessment, but it is a fundamental aspect of growth.
Embrace fear it is the only way to overcome it. In improving ourselves we will undoubtedly encounter twists and turns. If we are fearful of what is around the next turn, we risk letting opportunity pass us by.
Remember we will never stop growing if we know who we are and embrace out fears.
If you are taught to believe the best way to live your life is to live it in black and white, staying within the lines to fit in, you have not been provided with a roadmap to excellence but directions to a life of the ordinary. Some chose to live their life in full color splashed across the canvass. They have decided to walk the path leading to greatness. They asked why settle? Why paint within the lines when there is so much more I can accomplish by stepping out? They are not afraid of society’s judgemental eye. They refuse to settle and deprive themselves of the possibility that there are limitless opportunities. They will not let society judge them. They wholeheartedly believe that only you can judge yourself. Only you can decide if you have the confidence within yourself to reject fear and open your mind to new possibilities. They understand that with possibilities comes growth, and without growth, there is no reason to dream. Instead, you end up accepting being ordinary neither bold enough to dream of a better future or seize upon the opportunity at the moment. If you had the chance to join them, would you? Could you?
In the Broadway play, Hamilton Alexander Hamilton sings I am not throwin’ away my shot. In life, too many of us throw away our shot more fearful of the consequences of failure than we are possibilities of success. So we sit on the sidelines and let life dictate our futures instead of taking hold of life and making our futures what we want it to be. Our time on this Earth is but a blink of an eye, and our opportunities are finite, but our possibilities are endless but only if we take our shot.
I have always believed in the Lord’s existence, but there have been times my faith has wavered, to be honest. When I suffered setbacks in my life, I prayed to the Lord for help when health issues arose. When that help did not come fast enough or in a manner that I fully understood, I would wonder why me? Why has the Lord forsaken me?
Lately, though, I have had an awaking. I have begun to understand that my conversations with the Lord could not-only be in times of despair but in times of happiness as well. That even in times of distress, I needed to talk to the Lord and praise him for all that is good in my life. To understand that the times of despair, while often painful as-is may be it, I am reminded of and appreciate the good that has been bestowed upon me. That no matter how difficult my situation may appear to be at that moment, I still needed to praise him in his holy name. To praise him for the opportunity to merely awake that morning and walk upon beautiful this blue ball that he has blessed us with. As my conversations with the Lord turned from only asking for help in times of tribulations and praising him each day for all the blessings he has bestowed upon me, those blessings increased ten fold. That he wants to bless me with an abundance of good. That there is no need for me to worry that he has forsaken me but to have faith that he is working to give me the strength and courage to overcome any adversity I may be facing. For with the Lord, the possibilities are endless with the Lord, nothing is impossible, and for that, I praise him in all times.
Life is a journey, one that we were continually meant to grow on. Be happy with who you are and what you have accomplished today but never be satisfied with it instead embrace what you can be tomorrow.
Success is a birthright all of us are blessed with in one way or another. There is no doubt that for some the road to success is easier than for others but nevertheless the road is still there. But success is not guaranteed even for those with the easiest roads. Success must be seized and if not seized it will never be achieved. But do not be fooled seizing it is not that easy. There will be obstacles we all must navigate to achieve it. Some of us who will listen to the masses, the timid among us who will try and persuade us not to reach for the stars but remain in the box society has said we belong. Some of us will have to overcome those who have already seized success and wish to keep it for themselves. They will look to place barriers at every turn in our way as a means of blunting our forward motion. Some of us will be born into wealth and success but will take it for granted and will lack the desire to expand only to see what they were born into dissipate by the day. Some of us will be flooded with feelings of self doubt and fear. Fear of reaching for the stars and failing. It is only when these obstacles are no longer a part of who we are can we seize success. To this we must understand that these obstacles are not truly real they are simply a means of denying our dreams. Not only can we overcome them we can soar past them and seize our birthright. We can be the success we were meant to be.