I’ve finally cracked the code!
I’ve been fortunate enough to have interviewed a handful of Very Incredible People now with the goal of finding out how they got to the point where they could actually get paid to do what they love.
They’ve shared their stories of meandering through life, struggling after false starts, overcoming past failures and, ultimately, to finding true, professional fulfillment.
None of them is a bazillionaire. None of them did it by a stroke of luck. And most certainly, none of them did it without a ton of hard work.
But, so far, they all seem to share one common, and rather notable, element in their journey to success: a little voice whispering from behind them, saying, “YOU’VE GOT THIS! YOU CAN DO IT! I KNOW YOU CAN!”
Could it be that simple?
That all we need to achieve our goals in life is someone cheering for us?
Julie J. Exline, Ph.D., writes, on Psychology Today, “When we ‘en-courage,’ it’s as though we actually infuse courage into another person. Encouragement can provide people with strength to look ahead, move forward, and reach for the next goal.”
Maybe it really is that simple.
The first cheerleaders were strictly men, after all. And they began their sis-boom-bah-ing to spread positive affirmations so that their teams would do well.
So, who’s telling you that YOU can do it? Who’s responsible for giving you the mental boost that got you through hard times?
Today might be a good day to go buy them an eclair.
If there’s no voice telling you you’re tops, it might be worth your time to start hanging around a different gang of folks.
Better still, who are YOU telling that THEY can do it? Are you a source of encouragement in someone’s life? Do you believe in someone enough to tell them that they’re doing a good job; that they can achieve their goals?
Rock on, if you do!
If not, perhaps it’s time to start. Because if you’re not encouraging, you could be discouraging. And the last thing this world needs is another Negative Nellie.
Coming up next in my Conversations With… interview series will be my chat with one amazing woman who followed her heart around the globe and landed in downtown Port Au Prince, Haiti, after the devastating 2010 earthquake.
I hope you’ll check out her inspiring story and visit me for more in the future.
And, as always, cheers to you for following your heart!