This week I’m grateful for the right words at the right time. I recently read a comment on a YouTube video that wasn’t intended for me but empowered me just the same. The commenter said that if someone has a positive and important message to spread, it doesn’t matter if they received a degree for it or not.
You see, I’m guilty of letting self-doubt rob me of my future. In the past I’ve let the negative thoughts of “not enough” overshadow the power of my message. You know, “you aren’t good enough, you aren’t smart enough, you aren’t trained enough”. In the past I allowed my fear of failure hold me back from even trying to succeed. Of course I’ve made attempts and succeeded but most of the time the odds of success were in my favor. Making an attempt when the odds of failure or the risk of failure was great, usually meant that I didn’t try that avenue.
When I read the words of that stranger’s YouTube comment written months earlier, they spoke straight to my heart and my current situation. Self-doubt was replaced with confidence and my vision became my mission. I no longer allow the thoughts of self-doubt or the doubtful words of others to become my truth. I remind myself that failure is part of process! I think back on those that have left their mark in human history and realize it’s because they didn’t let failure keep them down. They accepted it as part of the path to success and didn’t let it deter them. I remind myself that the world is in a place that it needs all of the kindness it can get. Nothing but good will come from me spreading a message of kindness and helping people become more attuned to the kindness around them, raise the level in their own life, and be a kindness ambassador by living a kinder life.
I don’t need to have a PhD in kindness to spread the message. My lifestyle will serve as my experience. I’ve had success in the past using my experience in lieu of academic training and it’s gotten me to where I am today. There’s nothing indicating that it will be any different moving forward. Besides, doing my part to make a world a better place by living a kind gentle life and encouraging others to make that a priority is worth the risk of feeling inadequate. Instead of letting the fear of failure determine my future, I’m daring myself to push past the initial discomfort to experience what lies beyond.
This post was written prior to this week’s tragic events. This made me further realize the need for me to push past feeling uncomfortable and just spread the simple message that’s been laid on my heart to share. I avoided posting about the events until yesterday, I finally found the words that were trapped inside and I needed to share. If you missed it, you can find it here. If you’d like to join me to help spread kindness, click on the photo to the left.
Can you relate to anything in this post? When’s the last time someone said the right thing at the right time? What’s a mantra or affirmation you repeat to yourself when you need to move past self-doubt? What’s a recent success you’ve had by not letting your doubts squash your dreams? What are you grateful for this beautiful Sunday? I’d love to hear your thoughts, please feel free to share in the comments!