Friday, April 3, 2009

What’s Your Story?

We all have a story we’ve been hiding behind for years, giving us an excuse not to accomplish everything that we’ve dreamed of. Whether you’re already consciously aware of yours or not, I don’t know, but I’d bet that you have one. I’ll let you in on a little secret and give you an idea of what mine was:

“I grew up with very little money in my family, we never lived in our own home and I learned terrible financial habits from my parents. I was never exposed to anyone wealthy to learn how to be a success myself.”

There are really only three words to say in response to that… blah blah blah. Our history has absolutely nothing to do with our future. It is always and only what we choose to do with what we have learned that defines our future. No exceptions.

The great Oprah Winfrey, for instance, was raised in poverty and subjected to sexual assault when she was a child. She could have used that as an excuse for never making anything of her life, yet instead she not only rose above it, but used it to fuel her super success. As a result Oprah is one of the wealthiest women in the world today!

“Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.”
- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

We can all find a story to hide behind, to give us a reason for not achieving everything we’re more than capable of, or we can choose to achieve it anyway. What’s your story?

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