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WOULD YOU TALK A FRIEND OUT OF SUCCESS? If your best friend came to you, and said “I have a dream and I am going to work towards achieving it. It’s important to me, I’ve been thinking about it a lot, and I believe in myself to accomplish it.” How would you respond? Would you tell them all the reasons that it will not happen for them? Would you tell them they can’t do it? Would you discourage them? Would you make a running list of the things they have struggled with in the past? I hope you wouldn’t say those things to your best friend... So why do we we say those things to ourselves? Why do we get excited about something and then talk ourselves out of trying? It might sound like: I’m going to get into shape...oh, who are you kidding, you know you won’t put in the work. You’ve tried to diet before, you don’t have what it takes. I should go talk to that girl or guy over there... oh, well, why would she like me? I’ve been turned down before, she’s probably like all the others. Actually, she is probably stuck up, Forget her. He’s probably full of himself, what a douche. I’m going to look for a new job...oh, well, there aren’t a lot of jobs out there, no one is hiring, and even if they were why would they hire me, I guess I’ll just keep doing this. PLEASE DON’T TALK YOURSELF OUT OF SUCCESS. I heard someone tell a story of a dog that was sitting in front of a house during a BBQ. The dog was howling, moaning, and groaning every couple of minutes. The person asked the owners of the dog, “What’s wrong with that dog?” The owner replied “He’s sitting on a nail”. The man exclaimed “What? Why doesn’t he move?” The owner said, “He isn’t in enough pain yet to move.” Come on! I get that might be a simple story, it may even feel cheesy, but do we not know people in life who love to moan and groan and complain about the same thing over and over, yet they won’t do anything about it. They just stay in the same situation with the same attitude hoping somehow it’s magically going to change. Sometimes the answer can be as simple as making the decision towards small change. Don’t be afraid to take the right steps toward a better life. Don’t crush your dreams before you even start to move toward them. Instead of asking “Who am I to chase this dream...” think “How dare I not share my dream with the world.” The world needs more passionate people doing the things they are passionate about. WOULD YOU TALK A FRIEND OUT OF SUCCESS? I’m going to assume you wouldn’t, so stop doing it to yourself. Happy Friday everyone. Have a great day. 11.3.17 

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