STOP standing in your own way.

by | Dec 6, 2020 | Food for Thought | 1 comment

Stop looking for approval from others.

STOP holding yourself back.

STOP feeling the PAIN OF DEFEAT

before you even get started.

 

JUST DO IT!

Do what you’ve always wanted to do.

 

There’s something you’ve always wanted to do.  It calls to your heart.  You’ve been listening to this call your whole life.

You may have heard it as a child, but then you “grew up” and listened to what others thought about your longing … and they discouraged you.

Now you’re an adult.  Now you can make new choices.  But . . . you may still be listening to the old messages, the opinions of others.

Is this you?

Are you still standing in your own way?

 

 

STOP BLAMING others because you choose to listen to their negativity instead of to the calling of your heart.

STOP WORRYING about what others will think.

STOP STANDING IN YOUR OWN WAY.

The “others” you have in mind don’t even care about you.  If they truly cared about you, they’d want you to live your dream.

These “others” are moving on with their own lives based on their choices, beliefs, and fears.

They may be full of opinions and negativity about your choices. 

SO WHAT?

Why do you care what they think?

Stop tip-toeing around them.

Your personal goals and your dreams are YOURS TO IMAGINE and YOURS TO FULFILL.

Who’s running your life anyway?

If you allow others to decide for you out of their fears, their jealousies, their desire for one-upmanship, then you’re giving your power away to them.

STOP thinking about others and their opinions.

You’re standing in your own way when you worry about what others will think.

The only one holding you back,

the only one stopping you

from living your dream

is YOU.

So many famous people were told “it can’t be done” because no one had done it before.

Inventors, explorers, artists, musicians, dancers, designers, writers, scientists, engineers, athletes . . .  all have faced ridicule and negativity at one time or another in their lives, yet they chose to follow their star – their dream – and this changed everything for them and for others who benefited from their success.

There have been people who had terrible accidents or illnesses and told they wouldn’t survive, but they did.

There have been people told they’d never walk again who learned to walk.

If others can succeed, so can you.

Consider the ideas presented in this poem by Edgar Albert Guest, reprinted from The Poetry Foundation.

 

It Couldn’t Be Done
     by Edgar Albert Guest

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it!

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it;”
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure,
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.

 

So it’s all up to you.

You get to decide to stop sitting on your talents.

It’s up to you to decide to believe in yourself.

It’s up to you to STEP UP, STEP OUT, take a chance, take a risk, and live

LARGE.

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  1. Doug Hagens

    Thank you Nedda

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