The title of this post was coined from the book written by Actor/Singer Tyrese Gibson. Yes, Tyrese wrote a book and I believe it is exceptional. It comes from his heart and personal life experiences. How to Get out of Your Own Way left me filled with many emotions.
- I was angry for letting so much time and so many opportunities pass me by and not taking greater advantage of the life that I was given.
- I was grateful that I still had the chance to get it right and start a new day with a fresh start.
- But most importantly, it left me inspired to do great things with my life.
- It left me fervently seeking out my purpose here on earth.
The other day I was watching a live video on Periscope. If you don't know what it is, it has been all the rave in new technology. It's reminiscent of snapchat except it's in conjunction with twitter and you can actually "trend" if you get enough hearts (likes). But I digress, my favorite person to watch right now on Periscope is Les Brown. He's really taken a liking to the app and reaches out to broadcast live often. Les Brown has to be one of the most inspiring men that I've come across. I've watched and listened to tons of motivational speeches that he has given, but he said something that caused me to pause for a moment on a recent broadcast. I watched him as he said that he could've been so much further had he not doubted himself. Due to not being college educated Les, discouraged himself from going through many doors. He was already so successful, you mean he could've been much more successful?
The Courage to Get Out of Your Own Way
How often do we hesitate or simply not act just because we've already ruled ourselves out. How many opportunities have we missed because we just didn't believe that we could. Les has a God given gift to speak and cause others to move but what if he kept allowing himself to be dismayed. What if he kept closing the doors of opportunity when they opened to him. Where would his story possibly end?
Finally Les, stated one thing that I will take with me, [Tweet "You can either climb to the top of the mountain or sit on the side of it -Les Brown"] It really is as simple as a choice, just like the choice to be happy. Will you choose to have the courage to get of your own way?
I would spend years getting pumped about an idea, a new pursuit, an effort that would change my life only to quit, or lets just be real...sometimes I simply never got started. I never pursued it. I would begin thinking about the work that would be required, the amount of research that had to be done and not to mention the time that would be swapped from my life. But I had to understand that when I prayed, God presented me with opportunities to change my life but I never ran with them. Funny thing about an opportunity is that it is just that... an opportunity. Sometimes you snooze, you lose.
Stop talking yourself out of applying for certain positions, out of pursuing your education, out of taking your gift or a new idea to the next level. The only person that can get out of your way is YOU.
Have you read my post about Living Your Authentic Life. It's about discovering what has already been and ties right into this. Go check it out.
Take inventory on your life today. What's holding you back?
Also, check out Tyrese's book here, I know it will inspire you.