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?
Have you ever felt like you were not in control of your destiny, wondered why you always seem to be fighting just to keep your head above water? Could it be that your mind has been so conditioned by society that you only walk the path they have laid out for you? Hopeless dependent on their approval as a whole, you’re afraid to take one step to the left or right off that path, worried that you will be judged as abnormal?
The real question is what is normal, a set of expectations that the masses have set, many of whom are trying to live by those same expectations without knowing why? The men and women who broke free of this type of thinking realized the only one who can judge them is themselves that take control of their destiny.
From the moment you are born, locked within you is a multitude of potential, and while we all know on some level where the key to unlocking it is, only a few of us dare to use it, afraid of what society may think.
It is your life, your destiny, and no one else. Rise above the limits that society has thrust upon you and open the lock
Anyone who has read my blog knows that I love The Matrix, and one of my favorite characters Morpheus, has uttered many quotes that we can use in our everyday lives. Two that I especially relate to are “There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.” and “You have to let it all go, Fear, doubt, and disbelief free your mind.” In many ways, we know what we must do if we want to make our dreams a reality, but we fail to act. We fear failing, doubt ourselves, and disbelieve in the possibility of success. In many ways, our minds have been conditioned by society to be practical, to color within the lines. Conditioned to believe that if we simply blend in, we protect ourselves. But imagine what we could accomplish if, as Morpheus says, we let it all go and free our mind If we dared to color outside the lines. Suppose we stopped being afraid of failure and embraced the possibility of success. We may just find that we will never again get caught in the rain because we would have learned to soar above the clouds.
It is that time once again. The ending of one year the beginning of another.
A new year! A call to action! The opportunities to be better tomorrow and each succeeding day than you are today.
A chance to break free of the mundane, to refuse to paint in black and white and between the lines but instead wherever your imagination takes you. To paint your future in the bold strokes and daring colors it was meant to be painted in
A new year is the chance to embrace the truth. The truth that nothing is impossible as long as your faith remains strong and you dare to dream.
A new year,
A blank canvass,
A new beginning,
Make it yours
Because after all the future is but what you make it
I recently asked a friend what the secret to their success was? They replied that they were unafraid to walk the path of the unknown. Many fear that path and avoid it, but often, at the end of that path, opportunities are abundant. That may be the case, I replied but walking the unknown path is fraught with risk. While there may be an opportunity to advance waiting at the end, there is just as much chance that there will be perils that, when encountered, will set you back. This is true, my friend replied, but I have faith in the Lord, and as such, I have cast away my worry, and I step fearlessly onto the path knowing that He will guide me and bless me with the courage to face and the strength to overcome any dangers that I may encounter along the way. You see, they continued with faith. I know that the path may be that of the unknown to me, but I am not walking that path alone; I am being protected and guided by the Lord, and with Him, there is nothing to fear, and all things are possible.