Remember those kids in High School that teased you? Or that bully on the block that never let a day go by without saying you were a “loser?” Well guess what, none of those people even remember you. And yet, you’ve lugged their memory and their image with you for years!
Your past does not equal your future. In fact, your potential is only what you think it is.
How sad would you be if you got to the end of your life and had to live with the excruciating pain of regret? There are few emotions more difficult to handle because there is absolutely nothing you can do to relieve its agony.
Perhaps that is what hell would be like, a view of all the amazing opportunities you let go by because you were too scared to claim your authentic gifts and do what you were born to do.
People regret the things they haven’t done all the time because they give fear a bigger place in their life than risk.
Fear of failure.
Fear of being judged or bullied.
Fear of feeling humiliated and “less than.”
When you speak your truth – when you live up to your one and only life – those fears show up in a big way.
Are you really going to let the opinion of others – people you don’t even care about – drive your dreams?
Go out there and make a big, bold, amazing splash. Make lots of mistakes. Fall flat on you face, but do it as the absolute best version of YOU.
Dazzle yourself and do it with flare.
Dare to be different and distinct and totally you. Anything else would just be a waste of the incredible person you were designed to be.
As I write this, I can actually hear my critics saying, “what a bunch of drivel, who does she think she is?” I imagine them whispering and rolling their eyes. So for all my critics, who remind me that taking a stand is better than being mediocre, thank you!
Your life was meant to be a dance, filled with love and laughter and hope and joy and an opportunity to make a difference.
You are not an amalgam of what your critics think of you. You can be anyone you want to be – I hope you’ll decide to be the best version of yourself. Now get to work, the world is waiting for you!