You have a dream. A beautiful dream of living the life that you were designed to live. You wake up every day doing the things you love, serving your ideal audience, and doing things your way. Life is good. You’re happy. Your dreams have come true. Then you wake up and realize that all of this was just a dream. You say to yourself, “there’s no way I could have that.” “I have had too much happen in my past.” “I’m no good to anyone. Not even to myself.” Girlfriend, don’t count yourself out.
Don’t count me out…I have been built and strengthened by life’s battles. When you think I’m tired, I’m just getting started. When you think I’m dead; that’s when I’m most alive. ~ Unknown
We ALL carry some sort of baggage. Some of our baggage may include some painful events that happened in our lives. It’s possible that some of those things were probably in our control and we didn’t care or it was totally out of your control and you’re still finding ways to blame yourself. You think you’re not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, or even or any other enough. These are the judgments that you’re passing on yourself. You see yourself as not being able to do anything. Don’t count yourself out.
These limiting beliefs seem to haunt us. We fear that someone else will discover our secrets and put them all out there. We’ve all made mistakes. No one is perfect, including those pretending to be perfect. Y’all know the type. Those that make everyone else feel bad about themselves only to try and look and perfect in everyone else’s eyes.
To find yourself, think for yourself. ~ Socrates
Your experiences have made you who you are today. Please don’t be ashamed of who you are. Believe me, I used to be that way. The thought of my past caused me to run and hide. Under the circumstances, I felt ashamed of what happened to me. I felt dirty. I believed that everyone could see what had happened to me without me even saying a word. My attitude was negative. Life as I knew it, sucked; or that’s how I felt about it. Going deeper, I was able to see that I had let my circumstances rule my past, my present, and my future. I gave up. Who wanted for me to help them? I believed that I was broken. I counted myself out.
Forgive yourself for what happened. If it was your fault or not, forgive yourself. A lot of times, we hold on to the things of the past not realizing that we can’t go back there and fix it. No matter how much we may want to. The past is the past for a reason. Say goodbye to it. It’s over and done, but most likely it won’t be forgotten. This is part of your story. Your story has shaped you into who you were meant to be. That piece from the past is a small part of a chapter of things that have happened. Stop counting yourself out too early. You still have a lot to do; a dream to fulfill.
Next time you think of beautiful things, don’t forget to count yourself in. ~ Anonymous
Dear one, know that God loves you. He really does. There will be times when you may feel he doesn’t and it’s okay. I’ve believed that myself at one time or another. But, it’s important that we keep moving forward. We can’t stay stuck back there. It’s not going to do us any good. We usually stay stuck because of fear. Fear that we’ll fail or fear of what others will say or do if they knew about us. These are only two types of fear out of many that we experience throughout life that keeps us from moving to the place that we desire to be.
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
The quote above is right. Nothing can bring us peace but ourselves. Instead, we listen to what everyone else has to say about who we are. That needs to stop now. We need to release the guilt, shame, and blame towards ourselves. It’s time to nurture ourselves. It’s time to forgive ourselves. The pain we experienced in our lives can be used for a purpose; share your story with someone else. There is someone out there that needs to hear what you have to say. They need to know how you got through it so they can do the same.
I would love to hear your story. Please comment below and share it with me. It’s time to get it out so you can pursue your goals and dreams. Don’t count yourself out. Your new life can start today. Are you ready to take that step? Don’t count yourself out.
Until Next Time….
Hi there! It’s nice to meet you! I’m a successful single mama, mental health advocate, sports fan, blogger and all around fun person helping other overwhelmed and stressed women entrepreneurs to get hope, have faith and be inspired to push through their depression and anxiety so they too can live the life of their dreams. Say hello! I would love to meet you! 🙂