What holds you back from moving into the life you really want? We all face those moments in our lives where we feel paralyzed to move forward in our job and relationships. It can become difficult taking steps to improve ourselves and make better decisions. This list could go on and on and we end up feeling lost and unsure of ourselves. The anticipated outcome leaves us complacent and unmotivated by our fears of failure. Where do those fears of failure come from and how can we remove them from our lives?
Each person on this planet hasn’t been randomly chosen to be here. We are unique in every way. But what we believe about ourselves brings outcomes that either push us forward or pull us backward. Our circumstances often play a role on how we form our thoughts of who we are or who we will be. We forget to ask ourselves who we want to be. We somehow get trapped by the words of our circumstances that tell us we can not and somehow believe those words are true. They are powerful words, powerful thoughts. They could even be true if you choose to give them that kind of power in your life. That choice is yours.
When you consider many of the people who have had some of the greatest influences on helping others and themselves you will discover that they did not come from circumstances that gave them any advantage in life. Look at Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in an inner-city Milwaukee neighborhood. She experienced considerable hardship during her childhood, saying she was raped at age nine and became pregnant at the age of 14; her son died in infancy. She could have stopped right there but she didn’t. She went on to become one of America’s most successful TV talk show host.(wikipedia Oprah Winfrey)
Bethany Meilani Hamilton is another example. In 2003, at the age of 13, Bethany survived a Shark attack losing her left arm. Despite the shock of the incident, Bethany returned back to Professional Surfing where she was second in Billabong ASP World Junior Championship and just took first in the Surf ’n’ Sea Pipeline Women’s Pro 2014. She is still competing (Wikipedia:Bethany Hamilton)
Here’s another, Nick Vujicic who was born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs. Nick’s disability was a struggle during his childhood years. But at the age of 17 he started a Non-profit organization, ” Life Without Limbs”. Nick has written four inspirational books and is a motivational speaker about life with a disability. (lifewithoutlimbs.org) Thomas Edison who was known as a poor student went on to to become an inventor and businessman holding 1093 patents. His inventions include the electric light, power utilities, sound recording, and motion pictures.(ops.gov, A brief biography of Thomas Edison) There are many people we could add to this list of overcomer’s. One thing they have in common was and is not allowing their circumstances define who they would become. They faced their circumstance and instead of giving it power over them they discovered how to master power over their circumstance. Their circumstances merely became obstacles to remove on their journey to become who they are today and who they will be in the future.
You might be saying right now, “I can’t be a Thomas Edison or Oprah Winfrey. I don’t have the courage of Nick Vujicic or Bethany Hamilton”. That’s ok. You can only be yourself and use the talents and gifts that are uniquely yours. When you begin to tie your gifts and talents to your passions is when you start discovering your fullest potential. It becomes a journey of discovery and revelation that leads to a greater purpose. It is a journey that leads you out of your circumstances and leads you into that process of becoming your authentic self.
What is the importance of having passion? Passion is what provides the fuel for our journey. Passion ignites the fire inside that gives us that desire for significance in the way we choose to live our lives. It motivates us to keep moving forward. Passion opens the door to our potential and gives us courage to dream. Passion encompasses every aspect of our lives and draws us into a place of living with more intentionality the things that are really important to us.
How might you unlock your potential within? Start by asking these simple questions and give yourself time to find the answers.
1.Who are you outside of your circumstances?
2.Who do you want to be?
3.What do you feel deeply about and are passionate about?
4.What ways do my passions affect my life purpose?
5.How do my passion and purpose direct me to my fullest potential?
If you don’t have the answers to all of these questions that’s ok. Remember this is a journey. You will find new questions that will pop up along the way. It is a journey of self discovery, Your self discovery. Your circumstances don’t define who you are or who you will become. Only you have the power to do that.
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