What’s your story?

April 13, 2015

One of my favorite quotes fell into my lap while I was sitting at work one afternoon. It reads, “People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.” – Norman Vincent Peale

The truth of this quote became quite clear as I walked into a job interview last week. What was advertised as a receptionist position turned out to be something else, entirely. As I sat and stared at what could be my new reality I had the overwhelming feeling that I was worth so much more than the position I was placing myself in. After just a few seconds of the words “HELL NO” running through my head, I knew that I had no other choice but to, as Mr. Peale explained, believe in what I could do.

There are countless stories about the human spirit and what the sheer force of will can do to change or save a life.  What’s your story? Do you have one? If not, are you okay with that?

You were not born to be average. You were not born to be small, or afraid, or to live your life within the tight contours of your comfort zone. You were not given eyes to look in the mirror and count the ways you do not fit into a set of cultural expectations you never agreed to. You were not given a body to limit its value to the appearance it presents to a judgmental world.

You were given a life to live, to explore, to dream, to push, to fight, to fail, and to decide who you are on your own terms. Breathe deep, scream loud, fight hard, push far, love big, and don’t you dare waste a second believing you are anything less than extraordinary. Be brave. Believe in what you can do – it’s the only way you’ll ever find out what you’re really capable of.