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In an effort to be accepted, even loved, we often dumb down ourselves so others don’t feel intimidated or less than in our presence. Over time this builds as inner resentment, anger and a lifetime of being “good enough.” It’s sad that we feel the need to be ordinary to feel liked. It’s even sadder that we’re willing to give up our own power for the power of others.

But we do that every time we choose to hold back, take opportunities below our skill level or to accept a life that just doesn’t feel right.

Recently, I too was shaken up. I realized that my own past struggles came from a very deep place of self-doubt and fear of success. If you’ve been spending more time on the computer, on your cell phone or doing anything that distracts you from your true purpose, we’re in the same boat.

Sometimes we settle because we’re afraid of what’s next. Sometimes we stop trying because we’re tired or burnt out. In the end, we will be responsible for the life we lived. Will we reflect back on the moments wasted watching mindless television and living an ordinary life-never really ruffling any feathers but at the same time never quite reaching our dreams? Or will we finally wake up to the life that we’ve been born to live?

Listening to this 9 minute Sounds True audio from Michael Bernard Beckwith inspired me to get off my couch and get back to work on my work-in-progress. Hope it will inspire you to begin the process of working on your life. It’s not an easy nor a glamorous task, but the only one necessary to live the life of your dreams.


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