Make no mistake; there is no fate but the one you make for yourself because the funny thing about “fate” is the direction it takes you in is often directly correlated to your belief in yourself.
The road to greatness is a journey traveled by those of us who believe we were born to stand apart from the masses.
Those of us who recognize that the potential of greatness is within all of us but is only unleashed by those of us who do not fear the unknown.
Those of us who are unafraid to reach for what others say is impossible.
Those of us who understand that limits are merely artificial constraints created by the few to hinder the potential of the many.
Those of us who refuse to give up the colorful dreams of our childhood in favor of the colorless existence society tries to limit us to. Those of us who have an unwavering belief in ourselves and what we can accomplish.
Join us and take that step off the road of the ordinary and know you will fly, no soar with the eagles above the clouds to the road to greatness.
Go ahead; I dare you.
Tell me I can’t do it.
It won’t matter because I believe if I put my mind to it, I can do anything.
Tell me I’m not good enough.
It won’t matter; because I know who I am and believe me I am more than good enough.
Tell me I’m not worthy.
It won’t matter because you’ll never can’t shake my belief in myself, and I know I’m worthy
Go ahead; I dare you.
I didn’t see it coming. It happened so fast, and the blow was devastating; I was out before I even hit the ground. Woozy, but I could hear the count loud and clear.
I’ve got to get up, I thought to myself, but the voices around me were screaming, stay down, stay down.
I got to my knees.
Stay down, stay down, they continued to shout.
I reached for the ropes.
I started to pull myself up.
You’re gonna get hurt. Don’t be a fool. Stay down, stay down.
I struggled to my feet.
You can’t win. Stay down, Stay down, they continued to shout.
The ref looked me in the eye and said, are you sure you want to continue? Battered but not out, I looked him back in the eye and said I ain’t done yet.
Now the fight is over, the final bell has rung, and the judge’s cards are in; the announcer takes the microphone and informs everyone of the decision.
The winner by unanimous decision and new champion!
Me! Yes Me! He said Me!
I trained for this moment.
I overcame the brutal knockdown.
I refused to listen to those who said I couldn’t win.
I refused to stay down.
I kept fighting because I believed, even if no one else did, that I could, and I would succeed, I would control my own destiny. I would be great, and now here I am, the winner and new champion. How about that.
They say they don’t believe in you, so what
They say you can’t do it, so what
They say you aren’t smart enough, so what
They say you aren’t strong enough, so what
They say you aren’t imaginative enough, so what
They say you tried and failed before, so what
They say no one has ever done it before, so what
They say only a fool would try and do it, so what
You say so what because
You know who you are
You know what you’re capable of
You know you’re strong enough
You know you’re smart enough
You know no one has ever done it, but you don’t care because you aren’t like everyone else
You know you are special, you were born to be great, and no one is going to stop you from reaching your full potential
So let them go ahead and doubt you, so what
Don’t overthink it
Don’t look for reasons it can’t be done?
Don’t worry about failing?
Don’t ask yourself, is this the right thing to do?
Follow your heart
Believe in yourself
If you fall, dust yourself off and go back to work
It’s your life, your destiny; grab hold of it and let your passion be your roadmap to success.
As I sat on my deck, I noticed a gentle mist had started, but I didn’t get up. Instead, I sat there admiring the trees and grass. When I was young, there were no trees, no grass to look at. It was just block after block of concrete. That time seems so long ago now, I guess I thought to myself, as the mist turned into a drizzle, I made it. Everyone thought I was living in a dream world, that if I didn’t give up these crazy dreams, I would never amount to anything, and they were all too quick to point out each time I failed, and I failed a lot. But there was one person who believed in me, kept pushing me, and encouraging me never to stop chasing my dreams. That person was me.
For as long as I could remember, I believed that I was born to be unique, to stand out from the crowd. While the masses would march to the drummer’s beat, I would salsa to Tito Puente’s rhythm. Now ironically, the same people who told me I would never make it ask me what my secret of success is. I laugh to myself and tell them I always knew that greatness was in me I just had to work hard, push myself, never give up, reject the fear of failure and not let anyone take away my dreams. Right then, my 6-year-old son called out to me, “Daddy, it’s raining. Come inside.” I looked at him and smiled as I said, “it’s ok, your Daddy never gets caught in the rain because he learned how to soar above the clouds.”
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.
Captain James T. Kirk famously said I don’t believe in the no-win scenario. Kirk liked to think there always are…possibilities.
How many times in our life have we given up on or not even tried to accomplish something because our minds have been conditioned to believe it was not possible no matter what we do? That it was a no-win scenario. How different would our lives be if we allowed ourselves to accept the simple concept that there are always possibilities?
Many in society don’t want us to believe that. Be it because they have achieved a level of success they don’t want us to reach, or they are afraid of reaching for the stars. But we deserve success as much as anyone else, and we should not fear reaching for the stars because we may not capture them. We should fear letting the opportunity for greatness elude us because we settled for mediocrity. After all, we’ll never get to captain the Starship Enterprise if we believe in no-win scenarios.
The destination seemed so far and the road so dark, but I stayed the course.
The people around me said I’d never get there, but I stayed the course.
The pain was at times overwhelming, but I stayed the course.
Life is not easy; it has knocked me down, looked me in the eye, and dared me to get back up, but get back up I did, I stayed the course.
Now I have reached the end of the road, and the future is as bright as can be. The people around me ask how I did it. The pain is but a fleeting memory.
I stayed the course.