Since day one, we are supported.
The support may not be visible. Or it may be from an unlikely source.
For instance, food is a form of support.
What we give in addition to what we receive is our expenditures.
Someone who does not provide, therefor, is only then left with the balance in which they began.
The is a universal law.
Growth comes when you help others.
You also cannot pay it forward until you’ve learned to accept payment.
And in order to grow your sources of payment, you must get creative and loving.
Have you made a bold decision lately?
This world is full of average.
In Phil Knight’s memoir, Shoe Dog, he mentions not wanting to play it safe for Nike after seeing so many other entrepreneurs staying on the sidelines.
Being bold is not about getting a loud speaker and shouting on the highest roof top.
Being bold is about showing up, as you are, with the confidence that you are here for a reason. And because of that, you won’t allow yourself to hide.
Going against the stream can have it’s benefits and it’s pitfalls.
In Zen Buddhist’s belief, you move with the flow to gain easier movement.
I see it both ways.
Why not move with the internal confidence (with the flow) but go where no one else has dared to go (against the stream).
Not for the purpose of differentiation. Although that is inevitable.
But for the chance to shine in your courage. Because you know that it’s what you were made for.
Fear is a choice.
In After Earth, Will Smith’s quote touches this belief.
“Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me danger is very real but fear is a choice.”
A self-fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that directly or indirectly causes itself to become true, by the very terms of the prophecy itself, due to positive feedback between belief and behavior. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-fulfilling_prophecy)
We have either decidedly chosen a path that is of use and value. Or we have stumbled upon a path that of no use and value.
Are you behaving, acting, and performing out of fear?
This question, in the moment, will help you clarify your intentions.
Those worst fear of all is judgement.
When we take the opinions of others and internalize them, or think about how we might offend someone, we lose hope in our ability to deliver.
It is important to be respectful and operate with love. But it is equally important to disregard how others look at you when you are ready to show your best self.
Remember, we are all short-term minded creatures.
The greatest gift you can give this holiday season is to define the courage you will bring to the world.