Do you ever remember thinking as a child, teenager, or young adult, “Why am I here?” I do, very vividly. I remember riding in the third row of my parents vintage early 1990’s black and grey Astrovan. Man what a vehicle! I recall one day riding in back thinking to myself:
Why am I here?
What makes me, me?
If I wasn’t me, who would I be?
How will my life be remembered?
Life is a journey and the biggest obstacle for many is finding out who we truly are. I believe a lack of self-awareness leads to insecurity, which leads to fear, and the fear overruns everything else.
You and I will be both told many things are impossible throughout our lives. Heck, the Cubs, yes the Cubs, just won the World Series. That proves nothing is impossible. Well, except one thing.
The only thing that’s impossible is to beat a man who doesn’t give up.
When you find out who you really are, say it to yourself again, and again, and again, and again, until you believe it. Once you believe it, it’s impossible for someone or outside forces to derail your greatness. But you must find self-awareness first.
When I first met my wife, way back in my sophomore year of college, I thought I had my life planned out. I was going to be a head football coach and everything else would fall into place. I started my teaching and coaching career with that as the goal. Now, almost 13 years (yeah, yeah I’m getting old and have some gray in my hair, but that’s just wisdom) my life and goals are completely different.
I don’t coach football anymore, and I totally okay with it. I am husband, father, teacher, and head basketball coach. And I have big goals. I’ve been on a journey the past five years of finding out what I want and where I need to be. I’ve found what it is. I’m not there yet, but I know I will get there. And when I get there, I’m going to find another journey to go on.
I can’t be defeated. I won’t be defeated. I know who I am and I won’t give up.
We all have goals, hopes, and dreams. We will have critics, but remember, critics are dreamers gone bad. Along the journey of self-awareness we must learn to tune out the outside voices and follow our inner one.
We can play it safe and not have to worry about the bumps in road, or we can cut the cord and go for it. Once you decide to go for it, there’s no turning back. Just remember, even if you fail, it’s still progress. All the greats fail, they just fail forward.
We all have the same amount of time in a day, it’s how we use it that matters. Thinking, dreaming, wishing, and hoping won’t get you there alone. You have to take action and work. The universe will yield what you want if you attract it.
Eliminate the fear and go for it. Find out who you are and what you want. Attract it into your life by thinking about it, reading about it, listening about it, and then feeling it. Acknowledge and then eliminate the negative thoughts and people in your life.
The only thing that can stop you from your destiny is…you.
Remember, it’s impossible to beat a man who doesn’t give up.
As always, thanks for reading, have a great week, and be an RGP today!
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