Challenge Your Fears
You will never know what you are capable of in life until you face and conquer your fears
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring: all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Motivating and inspiring with my actions and now my words is always something that I wanted to do. Fearful at first of speaking in front of hundreds of students and a handful of faculty and teachers, I challenged myself and faced my fears. You will never know what you are capable of in life until you face and conquer your fears. Your biggest fears can turn in to be something life changing, life altering.
The littlest things can mean so much to someone in need. I recently started doing more motivational speaking at various middle schools and high schools and words can’t even begin to explain the feeling I get when I am done speaking.
The latest school I spoke to was definitely a defining moment in my life and was still feeling the adrenaline and high from it days after. I went to a middle school, which ages range from 12-14 yrs. old, in an underdeveloped area with kids living in lower socioeconomic conditions and less then ideal home life conditions. I spoke of topics like body image, never giving up despite the obstacles, passion, motivation and drive. I couldn’t believe the impact I had on these kids during the presentation and was so truly touched that tears were inevitable. The tears not only came from me but the students and teachers listening to me speak.
I was on the subject of never giving up on your dream and not caring what others think. Pursuing your passion when others are not supportive. It sparked one girl to raise her hand and she became so emotional that she couldn’t speak. I waved her to come down toward me and tell me what she wanted to say and pretend like no one was around but her and I. She came down and proceeded to tell me how she wanted to be a singer but no one around her believed in her, including her family. One girl yelled out for her to sing and the young girl who was crying faced her fear and sang out loud in front of everyone. It was beautiful and I told her how beautiful she was...all the kids clapped and cheered with excitement.
After that it was hard for me to catch my bearings and I began to cry. I cried in front of everyone and started telling a story of when I was young and something that had a huge impact on my life today. It was something I don’t talk about often but I addressed it with these kids. My totally openness, honestly and candidness felt so amazing but also had a huge impact on the school itself. I got emails from the principle and teachers telling me that my speech was so empowering among the students and faculty that there were still tears many hours after the assembly.
That day was definitely life changing for me. Positivity can be contagious. Believing in others and truly wanting the best for others is such an empowering feeling that the more you do the more you shall receive. So the point of this story and what I am really trying to express is that anyone can be an inspiration for another. Positive actions will lead to positive results in any aspect of life. Never give up on something because it’s hard or faced with challenges—live without regret, live life with passion.
Thanks so much for reading,
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