When we came into this world we all had the same amount of potential…
Circumstances, environment and attitude determine what we do with that potential. No matter who you are, chances are you have had experiences and lived through circumstances that have essentially “rocked your world”. It’s definitely easy to let our circumstances and our living conditions or environment get us down, but one thing is for sure…it is possible to change your outcome!
We watched a movie last night and it’s a silly, funny movie, but it made me think…The movie was “Joe Dirt” and if you are not familiar with the movie it is about an 8 year old boy that is “lost” by his parents at the Grand Canyon. He spends the next 25 years searching for his family only to find out that they left him on purpose. I know, sounds very silly, and obviously it is not very likely to be real, but it made me pause for a minute and think about my challenges. The hard things that I have been through, the things that have essentially defined my path, are all opportunities to grow. Trust me, it’s definitely not easy to look at my challenges and say “well…this is for my own good” when I am in pain, and sometimes in the deepest and darkest moments of my life. But one thing I have learned as I have gone through some pretty serious challenges (like moving to the U.S. as a single mother, with no job and just praying things would figure themselves out because I needed a better life for my son), is that my strength has grown, my determination has become refined, and my confidence is much more solid than it has ever been.
So how do you become empowered to be who you are capable of being? I truly believe that whether you believe in God, a higher power, guardian angels or just the universe, there is definitely something or someone out there rooting for you. I have experienced this many, many times, when I didn’t think things would work out, and somehow they did. I have realized that I can make decisions to make things happen, but the only way that truly works is that I TRUST and that I am not afraid.
I recently started Mountain Biking, and this morning Brandon and I went on a really scary trail that was about 8 miles to the top of a mountain with narrow switchbacks I fell about 6 or 7 times, I cried, I got frustrated, I was angry, I was terrified, but obviously as I sit here writing this post, one thing is for sure, I made it. The sense of accomplishment was amazing, even though I know I didn’t do it perfectly, at least I did it!
So, with all these things being said, how do you feel empowered? Here are MY top 5 ways, you may have different ones that work for you…but these are the ones I use:
I hope as you head into this week, you find yourself believing in YOU and if you don’t already, starting to believe that you deserve great things!