“Anybody can do just about anything with himself that he really wants to and makes up his mind to do. We are capable of greater things than we realize.” ~Norman Vincent Peale~
My life is a clear cut example that dreams really can come true. I am not sharing with you something that I heard about, or someone else’s story, I am sharing with you the testimony of my own personal journey. I believe in my heart that you too have the potential to rise up against the circumstances of life and to achieve the desires of your heart. The time has come for you to begin to imprint your personal legacy on the world, therefore I admonish each of you to begin to write your vision and make it plain. Put your plan into action today and refuse to allow procrastination or fear to prohibit you from being and doing all that you were created to do. I encourage you to plan purposefully, prepare prayerfully, pursue persistently and proceed positively. Always remember that there are no limitations to what you can achieve, except the limitations within your own mind. You have to remind yourself daily of the scripture that says, “I can do anything through Christ Jesus who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13).
It is your responsibility to believe in you. It is your duty to know who yourself and who God has called and purposed you to be. It is your responsibility to rise up against the storms of life and to forge ahead trusting God every step of the way. The late great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said,” the true measure of a man is not how he behaves in moments of comfort and convenience but how he stands at times of controversy and challenges.” The ultimate decision to overcome the challenges of life is up to you, either you can chose to allow the challenges of life to empower you to move to the next level of success or you can chose to allow them to overtake you. The challenges that you will face in life will force you to step outside of your zones of comfort and familiarity and into the world of the uncertain and unknown. Challenges often allow you an opportunity to dig deep down within and utilize the strengths and abilities that otherwise you would have never known existed. Challenges that create struggles are powerful step ladders simply because if they were not apparent you would not appreciate the victory in the end. Challenges will bring about a myriad of disappointments, heartaches and failures and even in the midst of it all, you have to keep on moving towards fulfilling your dreams. It is important that you push beyond what you feel, fight back your tears and stand tall in the midst of adversity. It is the challenges of life that will force you to operate in your maximum potential. I encourage you to understand that despite what you have been through and regardless to who has caused you pain, today is the day that you must decide to allow God to heal the wounds, and wipe your tears away. The Bible tells us in 2 Peter 5:10, that “After you have suffered for a while, He will strengthen, settle, establish and perfect you.” Be encouraged at this very moment to embrace the fact that the disappointments, failure, mistakes and setbacks do not define your destiny. “If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page.”~ Mark Houlahan~
Bernada Nicole is the Founder & CEO of The Princess Within Foundation. She is an Minister, Educator and the Author of “Unlock the Treasure: Discover the Princess Within” www.theprincesswithin.org.