When you acknowledge your gift, talent, passion & purpose and have the courage to pursue it–to really lay it all out there and have the big vision, there will be people who tell you “you can’t, you won’t, you shouldn’t.”
One of the loudest critics may even be you!
You may think to yourself–like I’ve been known to do—“What if I put it all out there, try my heart out, and STILL fail? Everyone will think I’m a loser.”
Have you ever asked yourself: Who is “everyone”?
We tend to include “everyone” in our judgments of ourselves, but very seldom do we actually define who “everyone” is. Here are a few thoughts. How many of them are included in your definition?
1. The people who love you.
Do you really believe that they’ll love you less for trying really hard? Do you think they’ll think less of you for trying to become the person you were meant to be?
2. The people who’ve gone before you and even inspired you.
These people will applaud you for the brave attempts you made because they understand the deep courage, conviction and sheer guts it takes to battle the invisible “they.” In the eyes of this “everyone” your power and influence will increase. They’ll be the ones encouraging you to get right back up and try again because “they” know you can do it–because they did.
3. The people who are themselves unwilling to put it all out there.
For whatever reason, “they” see your success, your living the life worthy of your calling, as a threat. This causes them to feel like a failure. Deep down inside, they know that they’re capable of more, but are too afraid. Your success, even your wholehearted attempt at success, is a bitter reminder that they’re not living up to all they were meant to be. (This is a painful place to be, BTW.)
Of all the people we could be listening to, why do we pay the most attention to #3?
According to Teddy Roosevelt, “The credit belongs to the man who’s actually in the arena.”
I urge you to stop listening to “everyone” who’s not in the arena in the arena and go out there and do what you were meant to do.
When you become who you were meant to be and fulfill your purpose on this earth by serving others, we all win.
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