Posts tagged courage
Destined for Greatness

The difference between greatness and mediocrity is quite simple. Mediocrity prompts a man to lower his standards to fit in. Greatness allows him to rise above circumstances to reach his potential.

For it’s only by believing in himself, the greatness God has placed within, that others are able to recognize greatness and believe in him.

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Chance to Fly

Pursuing dreams is like a plane trip. To start, you have to go to the airport. Your destination is clear, and you have a flight to catch.

Hesitation sets in as you drive into the terminal parking lot. You’ve already canceled this flight several times before. The thought of being out of control in the air makes you feel uneasy. This time you make it to the airport, but temptation to turn back hits you just before you board.

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Step Outside the Box

True change is on the inside. Outside influences lose power to control you. But the impact of that change is only felt when you allow yourself to be stretched. While you may seek comfort, growth is limited by the familiar. If you hope to examine life beyond the four walls of your box, you must first be willing to step outside your comfort zone.

If a desire to change is stronger than fear of change, you’ll find the courage to take a step. Step into what you’re meant to do, and you’ll become all that you’re called to be.

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Turn Over Your New Leaf

What if the leaves were to say I refuse to change? They might not transition from shades of green to red, orange and yellow. Maybe they would fail to fall from the trees. They may not be willing to share branches with neighboring flowers and leaves.

While there’s beauty in transformation, there’s also resistance. Every stage of life involves uncertainty and risk. Even the calmest of periods is made up of rainy and sunny days. If we hope to grow, we have to be willing to embrace change.

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Move Your Mountain

If you pick up one rock a day, it may feel like the mountain will never move. But if you’re careful and consistent, you’ll leave time and space for the dust to settle. Other rocks will be affected by the change. Thoughtful movement will allow everything to fall into place. This will give you the balance to pick up rocks day after day.

Consistency is key. Pick up one rock a day. One day you’ll look back and realize you moved a mountain.

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Grow Where You're Planted

Perhaps something needs to change inside to make this your year of new beginnings. Reflecting on the tree, it has to make the best of its circumstances. While it goes through seasons, change may not be visible to others. Over the years, it builds strength to stand as it grows taller and establishes deeper roots.

The next time you’re thinking about making a quick move, think of the tree. Small, gradual changes may need to take place for real transformation to occur. Personal development may not always be evident to others. Maybe, just maybe, you need to grow where you’re planted. As you build a strong core, growth will occur naturally. And you’ll find the courage to branch out and embrace new beginnings.

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Greener Pastures

While you may need to stick it out and go through dry seasons in life, don't be afraid to step into something new. While change is inevitable, it isn’t always easy. There’s a chance you'll step into what you thought were greener pastures only to encounter dry patches along the way. Whatever the case, you have to be willing to step out to find out.

Change is a part of life, and it’s the only way to grow. Growth will stretch you. Don’t let it break you. Learn as you grow. Grow into your potential. And with the right attitude, your grass can be greener on either side.

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Don't Quit

Following dreams is like walking a tightrope. The first step is the hardest. You can’t turn back. Hope keeps you going. Faith takes you to the other side.

Expect great things to happen. Walk in that belief. What once felt impossible will feel within reach. What you achieve will only go as high as what you believe. Reach for your potential.

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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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More Than Just a Dream

Every dream unrealized is like a masterpiece never painted, a hit song never sung, a great book never written. Every work of art began as a sketch or a dab of paint on a canvas. Every song started out as a single note. Every book originated from a single thought jotted down on a page.

Every dream realized began with a step of faith, a single act of courage. Make today the day you step into greatness. It only takes a single act of courage to take that first step of faith.

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Stand Tall

What do you do when circumstances are against you? Do you fold under pressure or get back up and stand tall. Life throws curveballs. Learn to handle them with grace. If able to adapt and adjust, you’ll always stay in the game.

It can be a challenge to go against the grain. But when life pushes you down, take a stand. Never lower your standards to fit in. Always raise the bar, and you’ll stand out.

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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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Do Whatever It Takes

Determination and a strong will are vital to your success. But how do you keep going when the going get's tough? At times you'll be sidetracked. Even so, you can still stay on track. Figure out how to keep yourself motivated and do it. Inspire Yourself to Action.

You may have to go down a rough road. But a change in plans doesn't constitute a full shift in direction. You can still work towards your goals. You just might need to change the timing. An ability to adjust and adapt to circumstances keeps you moving forward.

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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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Hold on Tight

Sometimes we lose direction to find our way. Grace brings us back stronger than before. In fact, what feels like a wrong turn might be just what you need to find your way.

Many circumstances are beyond your control. Even so, you have control over how you respond. God is ultimately in control of the outcome. If life takes you down a rough road, hold on tight. You’ll get through the ride, stronger than before. 

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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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