Posts in Courage
Make a Way

Lay the groundwork for a vision that goes beyond yourself. You'll have the determination to press forward when things don't quite go as planned. Unexpected challenges may tempt you to give up, but don't give in. You have what it takes.

If life takes you down a rough road, hold on tight. You'll get through the ride stronger than before. Make a way where there seems to be no way. Don't go down a beaten path. Pursue purpose. Pave your own path.

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Cheer Yourself On

Everything starts with a decision. Moving forward is a conscious choice. Choose to take action, no matter how big or small. Create a plan and stick to it, despite how you feel. Simply put, be consistent.

Strength needs to come from within. Don’t depend on motivation from others. You are your own best advocate. Do whatever it takes. Cheer yourself on. Inspire Yourself to Action.

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Turn Vision Into Action

Dreams and goals are more tangible when written down. When thoughts are put on paper, you're more likely to believe them and stay strong. When you read what you’ve written, you speak it into reality.

Still, nothing happens without action. Resolve to do something. Have a big vision, but don’t just dream. Focus on what you can do today. In conclusion, write the vision down. Keep it in sight. Speak it into reality. Turn words into action.

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Courage Beyond the Cracks

I’m passionate about sharing my story. I want to help goal-driven individuals push beyond a mindset of perfectionism to reach their full potential.

Yes, I’ve come to realize that perfection is just an illusion. Forced to look at myself in the mirror, in weaknesses I’ve found my greatest strengths. Every time I look, I notice flaws. Despite visible cracks, my reflection is clear. And this is the clearest reflection of all.

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Step into the Vision

When I doubt that one step will make a difference, I take two small steps. If I think that two steps won’t leave a dent, I take three. Every time I feel like giving up, and that’s just about every day, I make a decision to take just one more step. 

Remember, always push yourself just a little further than what’s comfortable. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. And make it a habit to take one more step every time you feel like giving up.


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Good Enough

Expecting a feeling of not being good enough to go away and never come back is unrealistic. Accepting that it will come back from time to time makes it easier to deal with. If you know the thought will come, you can decide how to respond ahead of time.

When it pops up, and I assure you it will, you have a choice. You can change your perspective and take action. Or, you can allow it to stop you. But, you can make the right decision despite how you feel.

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Simple Test

Goals and dreams are personal. As much as we want those we care about to support us, this isn’t always going to be the case. Do whatever it takes to stay positive and encouraged independent of others’ reactions.

Remember, it’s not your responsibility to convince others that what you’re doing is right. You can’t change them, nor is it your responsibility to change them. Trying to change others’ opinions or views only drains your energy and does nothing to advance your vision.


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Go with the Flow

At times, life feels like a roller coaster. So many twists and turns make it seem the world has been turned upside down. In letting go and releasing control, there’s freedom. By confronting fear and conquering obstacles one by one, you'll find the courage to handle the ride. 

Embracing this concept altered my perspective. Going with the flow, everything changed. Surrendering to natural movement, tension decreased. Consciously giving in and resisting the need to know led to a newfound sense of control.

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Let Your Light Shine

A mirror is simple yet reflects many images. Doubt sees flaws and weaknesses. Hope sees blessings and strengths. A simple reflection changes everything. Let yours be clear.

Your reflection should match your vision. If you can see yourself doing it, you will. Let what you see in the mirror be a reflection of who God says you are.

Circumstances don't define you. They shape you. You're molded to make a difference. Let your light shine bright, even through the cracks.


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Color Your Life

Ever do something and wish you could take a big eraser and wipe it away? If you're like me, you can think of a thing or two. Fear of making another mistake can cause you to keep your crayons in the box. After all, who wants to make another mistake. 

Perhaps you clicked on a website and got a big error message. The problem is easy to resolve. It's merely a missing hyperlink. Color your life the way you wish. Don't worry if you hit a wrong link.

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Stretch with Your Goals

Goals and dreams, the pursuit can seem endless. Willpower gets you going. Purpose gives you the will to keep going. Purposeful Action gets you where you’re going.

Yes, goals may feel like a stretch. Challenges may prompt you to step outside your comfort zone. Rest assured, you don’t have to do everything at once. Growth will stretch you. Grow with your goals. Learn as you grow. Step into your potential.


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Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection

A pursuit for perfection may drive you to do more, have more, and be more—but at what cost? And what happens when your purpose and perfectionism are in conflict?

In Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection, author and life coach Julie Barbera invites you on a journey from fear and doubt to discovering the courage to step out. After spending years struggling with an illusion of perfection and a feeling of insecurity, clear reflections in her cracked mirror gave her the courage to take a chance. 

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One Day Is Today

Yes, I believe all things happen for a reason. God is ultimately in control of the whens and thens in your life. Only He knows the perfect timing for both. Even so, you shouldn't be so afraid of the whens that you fail to step into the thens.

Dreaming about the perfect moment is easy. Why not step into it with confidence. It's possible you'll step out and timing won't be right. If that happens, not to worry. At least you tried. Even if the timing isn't just right, you open the door to new opportunities in life.

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Doubt to Action

Life will never be free of doubt and insecurity. The path to greatness will never be completely straight. Mediocrity will tempt you along the way.

The road to greatness is paved with setbacks, doubt and discouragement. There's no growth without struggle. Challenges build true strength. You'll need it when you arrive. After all, greatness isn't about you. It's about what God wants to do through you.


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Make It Happen

Circumstances may not be ideal. Challenges are real. Still, you don’t have to lower standards to match your situation. Don’t wait for everything to line up perfectly. Rise above circumstances to reach your potential.

Life is full of challenges. Obstacles will try to get in the way. Setbacks may feel like limitations, but they’re not limitations at all. They’re simply opportunities to learn lessons along the way. 

If life throws a curveball, handle it with grace. Never give up. Adapt, adjust, always stay in the game.

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Challenged to Change

Change your perspective and your life will start to change. At every crossroads, you have a choice. You can let frustration set in, or you can allow challenges to change you for the positive.

If you wait for perfect circumstances, you’ll shortchange yourself and others. You have a purpose. A prerequisite isn’t that you be perfect. The world isn’t waiting for a perfect version of you. It’s waiting for a genuine version of you.

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