We are on the eve of Memorial weekend - the holiday that marks the official or unofficial start of the summer holiday. There will be cookouts, time with family or friends at the beach or pool side, or enjoying the still mild temps before the heat of the summer sets in. Heck, Norm & I will be enjoying a bit of pool time with friends on Sunday to celebrate.
Monday is the official federal holiday, and it was declared as such to honor and remember the men and women who have given their lives to protect, defend, and preserve the freedom that we have grown accustomed to, and I, for one, have taken for granted will always be there, and never really put much thought into.
But how many of us are really and truly free?
In the past week, I have read more people commenting about their falling off the wagon, cheating on their Diet, restarting, binging, blowing it, or finding any excuse to just not get started.
I've noticed something - there are a lot of people who seem sincere, and probably are, in their desire to lose weight, get healthy, look better, be more active, etc. But deep inside of them, in their hearts and minds, there is a battle that is raging. They are still a slave to their past, their habits, their emotions. Still giving in to the role of the victim for past hurts from someone who may not even be part of their life anymore, but holds more power over them than the person standing next to them.
We may live in a free country, but the tyranny that goes on in our own minds is as worse than anything that is going on in a desert across the sea.
You see, in real war, there are rules that must be followed or you will be held accountable.
There are no rules for the atrocities that play out in our minds. The belief structure that was imposed on us - that we are less than worthy, that we can't accomplish anything, that we don't deserve to be happy with ourselves - this has shattered the foundation of our self confidence that we have given up hope on ever repairing. It's too broken, it's too far gone, it's not worth even getting started on, so why even bother.
I am here to tell you that there is nothing that there is nothing further from the truth!
I am here to tell you that if YOU don't defend your right to succeed, to rebuild that foundation, then no one will.
I know that you are smart, funny, intelligent, creative, talented, and amazing. I know that you are a seed of greatness in this world, that you have huge dreams and goals sitting inside of you, waiting to burst forth and wow the world. I believe in your ability to do anything and everything you set your mind to.
But in order for you to do that, you have to break free from the limiting beliefs that are keeping you chained to your past. You have to find that one grain of courage that has been hiding deep within yourself and take the first step out in faith into your new life, to take charge of your life and your health for once and for all. You have to commit to yourself to take simple, daily action (notice I didn't say easy) towards your goal.
If you can't find that belief or faith in yourself, look to someone who sees the giant with in you and is excited to watch it grow. If you can't make a commitment to yourself, find someone to hold you accountable and not let you back down because of one small misstep.
You may think, how does one small step, or a tiny bit of courage get me to where I want to go? "For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed... nothing will be impossible for you." Matthew 17:19-20
I believe in you and I give you permission to succeed