Sunday, February 27, 2011

Run your race

DH and I watched secretariat (sp) this weekend and I found the message profound. Does it sound silly to say that I felt like God was encouraging me to run my race?  Oh well, it's true. 

This article reinforces that idea. 

The following post is from Jeff of My Super-Charged Life:

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Do you believe in yourself?

I mean really believe in yourself.

I believe in you.  I believe you are strong enough, smart enough, and capable enough to achieve great things.

I'm telling you this because I want you to reach out and grab the tiger of life by the tail. Life isn't going to hand you your desires on a silver platter.

You will need to demand from life what you want.

That's okay.  Because as I said, you have what it takes to make it happen.  You can take control of the tiger and wrestle from it what you most desire.

Do you believe it?

Belief Is the First Step

Timidity won't get you anywhere.  Boldness with a dose of diplomacy and emotional intelligence is what will take you where you want to go.

However, first you've got to believe enough in yourself to step out onto the playing field.

Have you ever had an idea or desire, but failed to act on it only to see someone else run with your idea and be a tremendous success?  You might have a flash of creative genius for a new book, business or blog.  You might see a new way to do something more effectively at work.  You might be ready to revolutionize a whole country.

What is it that you want to do, but have failed so far to act upon?  Why?

You likely lack the belief that you can do it.

I'm here to tell you that you have what it takesYou can do it if you believe in yourself and act boldly.

You Are Strong Enough

"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do."

~ Helen Keller

You have strength that you've never even touched.  There is more inside you than you realize.  It just won't come to the surface and reveal itself until you force it to do so.

Let me give you an example of the kind of strength that is buried in all of us.

Helen Keller was born in Alabama in the late 1800s.  As you probably know, early in her life she lost both her sight and her hearing.  She was deaf and blind.

Despite what might seem like overwhelming odds, Keller accomplished some amazing things.  For example, she:

  • Earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Radcliffe by the age of 24
  • Helped found the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • Wrote 12 published books
  • Visited disabled soldiers during WWII in hospitals around the country
  • Traveled and visited 39 countries
  • Earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor

Helen Keller learned to tap into a deep internal reservoir despite what she had going against her.  She found the well of strength that is inside all of us.

If she can accomplish all that she did, don't you think you can find the strength to act boldly and pursue your dream?

You are strong enough.  You just need to reach deep, find your strength and use it boldly.

You Are Smart Enough

"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."

~Albert Einstein

If anyone had a right to think themselves smart enough, it was Albert Einstein.  However, as you can see, even he realized that it isn't a high IQ score that accomplishes things.  It is your willingness to attack a problem and work it through to completion boldly.

You are plenty smart enough.  You may not know everything you need to know today to build the life of your dreams, but you can learn what you need to know if you will just try.

Look around you.  How many people do you know that are overwhelmingly smarter than you?  Probably not that many. In fact, I bet if you were unknowingly put into a room full of self-made millionaires that you'd think you were all equals until the secret was revealed.

We limit ourselves by thinking we aren't smart enough. This false belief keeps us from acting boldly.  It impedes us from achieving the greatness we were meant for.

Stop holding yourself back.  You have as much brainpower as the next person.  Trust yourself and apply what you've been given to achieve more than you ever thought possible.

You Are Capable Enough

"Freedom lies in being bold."

~Robert Frost

What I'm trying to tell you here is that you have what it takes.  All you have to do is believe it.  Because belief will give you the courage to act boldly and boldness will deliver you to freedom.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

~ The American Declaration of Independence

This is a bold statement.

You are created with an equal amount of capability as the next person.  Do you believe it?  Your talents might be quite different than mine, but you have all that you need.

Your job is to figure out how to apply your unique mix of capabilities to achieve great things.  It is all there inside you just waiting to come out.  What are you going to do with it?

The founders of our great nation were common people with uncommon boldness.  If they could start a nation as great as this one, don't you think you can achieve your dream?

How have you been doubting yourself?  In what ways do you need to believe in yourself and act boldly?

Jeff Nickles writes My Super-Charged Life to help people find success and meaning in their life. He has spent many hours researching these topics and loves making it easy for others to use the wisdom he discovers. Jeff is a corporate IT Director, but also has experience as an entrepreneur, consultant, training instructor, and military officer.

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