how to be amazing

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“It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”

 

step 1: believe in yourself

You can’t succeed without first believing in yourself. You have to have faith that you can do it. When you are determined, fear and doubt will set in, but you can’t let anything dampen your determination.

 

Step 2: believe in others

The one ingredient you cannot leave out is this one. So you’ve found belief in yourself and you’ve made the effort to keep on going no matter what. Now it’s your turn to spread the sunlight to those around you.

You know what it’s like to lose hope, to feel like giving up. But you didn’t make it to the finish line alone. So show those who need encouragement that you are cheering them on. This leads to the next step…

 

step 3: encourage and inspire

You have the opportunity to be a light to the darkness of anyone you meet. It may be a family member, a friend, a neighbor, or maybe just a person on the street. Sometimes all you have to do is smile and that’s enough to brighten someone’s day. It’s the effort that counts. So smile a little more, hug more, show love more! Why? Because you can.

 

step 4: show that you care

We are so limited these days to how much we show love to those around us. We don’t check on people to know how they are doing or how their lives are going. We don’t let people know enough that we care.

You have that opportunity everyday to show love to anyone and everyone you come in contact with. When it comes down to it, showing love is far more fulfilling than showing indifference or hate. Is it easier? No, but it’s more rewarding.

 

step 5: plant some flowers

Now, I don’t mean this literally, though it wouldn’t hurt to go out and actually plant some flowers. What I mean by this is how flowers seem to make places lighter and colorful no matter where they are placed. They are a sign of life and growth. You too can be a sign of life; color where there is none; and light where it is darkness. So plant flowers wherever you go.

 

And in the words of a good friend,“You don’t have to be rich, or famous, or a genius or anything to be amazing.” Just be yourself.

i’m going on an adventure

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You are a storyteller and an adventurer.

Most of us have grown accustom to forgetting where we came from and how we got to this point. We forget that we were once children, playful and imaginative. Red lips and rosy cheeks, running around the house without a care in the world, being exactly who we wanted to be at that specific moment.

I often sit down and take a look back, wondering how I got to the point when I had to remind myself to laugh sometimes because life has gotten the best of me. How in the world did that come about? There was a time when laughter and happiness were all I ever cared about, when nothing could take away who I wanted to be, and I believed in myself.

But you see, it doesn’t have to be that way. You are the character of your own story; every day you wake up, you are on the verge of another chapter, another adventure awaits you, or perhaps it’s a continuation of yesterday’s story that left a cliffhanger. In the end, your story is all you have that is yours and yours alone to tell. You don’t owe it to anyone except yourself to make the most of every word, sentence, paragraph and page.

Whatever dreams and aspirations you have, don’t give up on them. Just remember how it was when you were a little kid, dreams were all you had and you believed in them so much that you could almost taste them in reality. It’s still the same. You can be whatever you choose to be if you put your mind to do it. If you want to be a taco, be a taco. (Okay I’m obviously not serious about that, but you get my point, right?)

What else? Smile. I think we all need to learn how to smile more, no matter what situation we’re in. And I don’t mean a fake, I’m-smiling-because-I-have-to smile. A real, smile that lights up your face and shows your passions inside of you. Life is complicated, and at times, yeah, you’ll have to remind yourself to show a bit of brightness to your face; but you know, you’ll find that in doing so, you’ll brighten up the faces of those you come in contact with. You don’t have to kill yourself over what happens to you on a day to day basis—that’s not what you’re here for. Enjoy what time you’ve got, and when life is good, don’t take the seconds for granted. Take time to remember them.

You’re going to make it. I believe in you. Now it’s time to believe in yourself.