It takes courageous strength to shine in the dark and on March 25, 2015 I received a pink slip from my last job and turned it into Queenfidence Image Consulting. I remember penning these words in my journal the night before, “I am not happy at work. I just want my life to be a reflection of my dreams. From this day forward, power walk and power talk.” As I began to walk by faith, I created 17 vision boards and 5 vision books that encompassed my purest desires. I dared to imagine beyond my loftiest dreams.
During the deep soul searching process of self-discovery, I asked myself three questions, “Who are you? Why are you here? What do you desire to achieve and leave as a lasting legacy?” It takes courage to live authentically in a world of artificiality. Brene Brown stated, “The original definition of courage, when it first came into the English language-was from the Latin word cor, meaning heart-and the original definition was to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.” At the center of true fulfillment is courage to pursue our deepest dreams, boldness to step outside of the boat of familiarity and bravery to reach new heights in the face of fear.
If you were to pull out a blank sheet of paper and write a list of everything you’ve secretly longed to obtain, how many opportunities were missed due to a lack of courage? We all must combat the tiny voice of negativity whispering words of doubt in our ear to convince us to play safe and small.
As an entrepreneur, I’ve kissed every nerve wrecking emotion under the sun. There have been days where it seemed I was floating into an abyss of nothingness. The waters that were deep enough to drown me, taught me how to rise above the waves of adversity.
Dr. Ruth Schimel captured the essence of courage perfectly, “Becoming courageous is the willingness to realize your true capacities by going through discomfort, fear, anxiety or suffering and taking wholehearted responsible action.”
Challenges provoke ideas of retreating to the banks of safety until I recall the vivid images of living stuck in a prison of limitation. When I was an 8 to 5 employee, I would often mutter under my breath, “There has to be more to life than this!” Everything we desire is on the other side of our inhibitions. Walking on the waters of uncertainty is filled with thrilling exhilaration.
We often stand paralyzed on the bridge of boredom when we become intoxicated with predictability. We follow the same route to work, we visit the same friends each week for lunch, we sit in the same seat at church, school or work meetings and we wonder why were dissatisfied with the monotony of our habitual patterns. “No amount of security is worth the suffering of a mediocre life chained to a routine that has killed your dreams.” Maya Mendoza
There will be days when you feel as if you’ve bit off more than you can chew. That is what growth is designed to do. Surround yourself with empowering voices as you discover how to harness internal resources to overcome insurmountable obstacles.
Celebrate who you are becoming and remain focused on where you are going. The world often applauds women for their authenticity and with the same breath will create a PRISON in which they are expected to make everyone happy except themselves.
Give your dreams ROOM TO ROAM. They are the secret to your success and the avenue in which you empower others to become their best. To dream is to hope, to hope is to aspire, to aspire is to take aim, to take aim is to act, to act is to succeed and in succeeding you inspire the world to ascend higher.
“Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go, it is the fragile blossom that dares to open once more in the middle of chilling snow.” Alice M. Swaim
You are not an inhabitant of earth merely to exist. Your powerful aura DEMANDS, that you live lavishly and audaciously. Imperfections, idiosyncrasies and insecurities are the secret ingredients to your divine uniqueness. There is zero need for an approval committee to green light your aspiration to be great. Yet, an unshakable BELIEF that you CAN DO anything is mandatory.
Be the BOSS of your DESIRES.
Be the CAPTAIN of your DREAMS.
Be the LEADER of your DESTINY.
Be the CEO of your DETERMINATION.
Be the EMPRESS of your DAILY DISCIPLINE.
In this pivotal moment, destiny is dawning! Step outside the shadows of obscurity, fight fiercely and keep going.