Today I was thinking about my young adult years and how I believed that there wasn’t ANYTHING that I couldn’t do if I set my heart to do it and put forth the effort. I loved it when people would tell me that something was impossible or it was too hard to accomplish. Matter of fact, there were some things I did only because someone told me that I couldn’t and I wanted to prove them wrong. I was fearless, confident, and believed that if I could think it, then I could make it manifest into a reality. Yep, that was many many years ago. Fast forward through years of hearing people tell you what they tried and didn’t work, what they think you can’t do because of this and that, and the result is hesitation or a dream deferred. I deferred a dream of mine for many years now and it’s no one’s fault but my own. No one has the ability to talk you out of what your Spirit and heart desires to do unless you have first given them that power. They need your permission first. Cosigning any and every negative thing that takes you further away from what makes you happy is giving someone permission.  If there is something that you enjoy doing yet you are not doing it, then somewhere in your life, you gave someone permission to kill or delay the dream within. I don’t want to pass away with a vision in my heart that was meant to be my purpose while I was alive. There are people out there who are waiting for you to fulfill your purpose because it will kick start them into fulfilling theirs. I realized a long time ago that my purpose is to inspire and motivate others. It’s just what I do, it’s who I am and it comes naturally, whether it’s by a bumper sticker that I created on my car, a t-shirt that I wear, or a casual conversation with a stranger or friends.  I’ve allowed myself to be distracted and discouraged from doing what I do best because I gave too much power to other people’s words. My young adult self would have looked at this same scenario and say “This is a piece of cake…let’s do this! Let’s build a company based off of simply inspiring and encouraging others to be the best they can be!”  We need more companies in the world like that you know, and my guess is that there are some people who are reading this that are the reason why we don’t have more of them now… because you haven’t done it yet. Don’t you think it’s time to take your power back?

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