Posts in Confidence
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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Inspirational Deficiency

Imagine that you’ve just finished writing the perfect post. It challenges and inspires you. You’re more motivated than ever to be your best. And it’s the best post you’ve written in a long time, if not your best post of all time.

Pictures are just right, and the layout is balanced. Tags and categories are added too. Excited about sharing your message, you hit publish. Then you sit back and wait for the moment of truth.

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Become the Best You

Become the best version of you. Don’t try to be like someone else. Don’t force yourself to develop skills that aren’t natural for you. Don’t try to do something that’s not a real desire of your heart.

If your talent is singing, sing with all of your heart and develop it. If your skill is playing basketball, play with enthusiasm and develop it. If your talent is writing, write with inspiration and develop it. If your interest is painting, paint with passion and develop it. Do what you love and love what you do. Spend time developing skills that come naturally to you.

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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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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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Inspire Yourself to Action

A right mindset and determination are vital to your success. If there's something you genuinely want to do, do it. Resolve to take action daily. Every step, big or small has value. Little by little, you'll move closer to your goal.

Resolve to make forward progress, regardless of how you feel. If you wait to feel motivated or inspired, you'll give up before you even start. Decide what you're going to do ahead of time, and stick to it.

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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

Did you ever do something and wish you could take a big eraser and wipe it away? If you are 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?

A new story begins when your focus shifts to strengths. A coloring book is ready. A crayon is in your hand. Start your journey with a positive mindset. Make room for vision. Open the door to a world of opportunity.

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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

Do you ever catch yourself saying I will do that one day? I bet your one day is followed by when. And your when is followed by then. Then, I will follow my heart, start a family or get in shape.

The list of whens and thens is endless. I am sure that you can think of a thousand things to put after both. But the real question is…When

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Power in Small Beginnings

If you wonder what’s stopping you from taking a step, you're not alone. Having goals and dreams is great. The hardest part is building the courage to step into them. The thought can make you feel like you're in a valley looking up at the peak of a mountain.

Talking about goals isn't enough. Thinking about them isn't enough. Dreaming about them isn't enough. There comes a time when you need to push obstacles to the side and walk towards your mountain.



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Bring Your Greatness Forward

Do you ever go to step out and doubt stops you before you even start? You feel ready. While it seems like the right time, maybe it's not for you. Perhaps it won't work out. It’s possible you're not quite good enough to do what you want to do. 

Yes, you can allow feelings to stop you. If you do, they'll stop you dead in your tracks. Or, you can accept them, look them straight in the eye and build the courage to take a step.

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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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Dare to Touch the Mountain

Dreams, destiny, purpose and goals, it's easy to think about them. Still many of us live in a world of if and if only. The tendency is to look at them from a comfortable distance. Getting close evokes the same fear felt when approaching a mountain. 

Yes, the mountain may seem insurmountable at times. In fact, it looks impossible to climb when standing in the valley. True courage only comes after you take the first step. Every step forward takes you one step closer to the goal. The further you get from the valley, the smaller the mountain looks.


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