Believe In Yourself
Believe In Yourself
Many people I know came so close to giving up on their dream because it seemed impossible to reach, yet for some reason despite all the hurdles and setbacks, they kept going....but why?
Were they a sucker for punishment? Did they want to inflict pain upon themselves by experiencing the failure of falling short over and over again? Of course not.... they have a determination and drive that is relentless to quitting. No matter what anyone says, or how many rejections they get, nothing will stop them until they reach their desired manifestations.
I personally am still a work in progress, but I think we always are no matter who we are, what we do, or how old we are. I think what sets apart the enthusiastic ‘go getter’ from the ‘negative Nelly’, is the optimism and grit to keep going. If plan A doesn’t work, go to plan B, C, D..... etc.
If you don’t have an alternate plan; make one. Often, it’s not going to be easy, or come the first try, but what’s the alternative?
I have many goals and dreams that I am currently working on, but I will share how I made one of my biggest goals come true.
In my first year of English Literature, my Professor mocked a novel I was working on, which was loosely based on my early adolescence. He basically said that I was wasting my time.....I had no creative artistic writing ability.
Thirty years later, I still remember the hurt I felt, and that cement block hitting the pit of my stomach. As youth, we are often insecure and supposed to believe the professionals, so I buried the dreams of my writing career.
Twenty five years later, after my son was born with a critical heart defect and my daughter was diagnosed with autism, I felt it had become my life’s purpose to share my experience to help others rise above adversity. I had a calling, which was so wonderful because I never did find my life’s purpose all those years later. But finally, I knew I had to share how life can still be wonderful, even if it doesn’t go as we hoped or planned.
Life will give us all setbacks and things we don’t expect, but it’s what we do with it that can make all the difference. I knew I had to write a book.
But something was holding me back. I didn’t feel smart enough to write a book....my English Professor told me so.
Well, it took a couple years, but finally my desire overcame my fear, and I said damn my English Professor, who is he anyway???? The words of Les Brown changed my life.....
”You don’t have to let someone else’s opinion of you become YOUR reality!”
It was the beginning of a new perspective, and my dream came true......I became the author of Bravery; Our Journey of Faith, Hope & love. Four years later and I am still getting calls and emails from people who have been profoundly affected by Bravery. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t feel gratitude for persevering and conquering the fears instilled by someone else who did not matter one bit in my life.
I know there are many reasons that stop us from getting where we ’d like to be. There are people, situations, obstacles holding us back from following our dreams....achieving our goals. It’s okay to feel discouraged and frustrated, but just don’t give up.... .never ever give up!!!