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When They Tell You You Can’t, Do It Anyway

They will tell you that you can't move mountains. They will say that you can't cross seas.

That you can't dig deep and realize your own seeds of greatness and plant them to become better.

They tell you all of this because they love living in their comfort zone.

And because you want to do something, they lash out and criticize you.

But that's just their insecurities talking.
Do you.

Find what makes you passionate and do you. And do it because they said you couldn't.

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What Is Greatness And Do You Have It In You?

I want you to close your eyes for a minute. Now I want you to picture someone you really admire. Maybe it is a famous speaker, an artist, an athlete, or a world leader. Now think of the first word that comes to mind about this person.
More than likely the word that may have come to mind was greatness. And though they may be fantastic at their chosen craft, I would caution in using the word greatness. Only because it may elevate this person to such a state that you feel the need to idolize them. The very definition leads one to believe the mythical divide between us:

Greatness can be referred to individuals who possess a natural ability to be better than all others. The concept carries the implication that the particular person or object when compared to others of a similar type, has a clear advantage over others.

See, I admire a great many people and look to use what they have accomplished in my own life. I see them as hard workers and individuals who never let go of their dreams. They worked through difficulties to rise to a prominent position in their chosen profession.
But I caution to use the word greatness only because I don’t want people to believe that it is out of their reach. That they can’t work and fight hard to accomplish all they desire. Will Smith said it best when he said:

“Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric, elusive (etc) that only the special among us will ever taste. It is something that truly exists in all of us”

I truly believe that. Greatness is not something that is only in certain families’ genetic makeup. Greatness is not exclusive to any one set of people. Greatness is inside of all of us. It resides inside every inch of your body. In every vein, muscle, bone, and cartilage. In your very soul.

It’s alright to admire someone and all that they have accomplished. But don’t dare place them higher than you so they block the sun from shining on you just the same. Greatness is upon you. What are you waiting for?

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Introducing……The Dream Letter. Coming To Your Email Soon!

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That’s right and it will be hosted on MailChimp.  It’s called The Dream Letter  and you can sign up right now.  See that big colorful SUBSCRIBE button on the sidebar to the right?  Just click on it and it will take you straight to the sign-up form and you are all set.  Don’t worry if you are on your mobile.  You can go to the bottom of the page and there is a button there.

Listen, I know that everyone can’t come to Living The Dream every time a new post is posted.   So I wanted to make it easier for you.  I plan to send out a weekly roll-up of what was posted on the blog.

I will also include an inspirational quote or two and maybe a book recommendation also.  But most importantly this newsletter is about helping you to become better.  If you want something included please leave a comment below or email me at avereen@gmail.com.

Now the email may go straight to your Junk or Promotions (Gmail)  folder.  Do me a big huge favor and move it to your Inbox and add my address to your contacts.  That way you won’t ever miss an email.  Sounds like a plan?  Thanks!

So what are you waiting for?  Subscribe now and be one of the first to receive the Dream Letter later this week!

-alv

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Thanks in advance for the feedback!!

Happy Monday.  I wanted to get some quick feedback to see how we are doing with providing content that you want.  Please take a quick second to vote and make  Living the Dream that much better!

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

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I got another award! A huge thank you to Jcee at Journey to a Healthy Me for the nomination.  Go and check out her blog for great tips on living a full and healthy life.

Here are my nominees:

1) Suzie 81 Speaks

2) NikkiSkies

3) Sunday Stuff

4) That Gent Mark

5) Princess Kick Ass

Thanks again Jcee!!

-alv

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Failures and Successes

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I have failed. So much that at one point in time it affected my attitude towards life.  I have doubted myself many times. I failed at the first blog last year.  I had no idea what I was doing. Failed to progress through the ranks because I made the mistake of comparing myself to others.   Continue reading “Failures and Successes”

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No Regrets

 

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There hasn’t been much that I have regretted in my life. I never thought twice about joining the Army. I came from a military family and always knew what was expected of me. I never regretted skipping  college either. My father pushed me very hard in school and I was completely exhausted by my senior year of high school.  I am grateful for it, but it made me despise our education system.   Continue reading “No Regrets”

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Monday Motivation- I have a Dream and the Your Turn Challenge

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Over the weekend many people celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday.  Today is the actual federal holiday here in the U.S.  One question kept coming up in my mind while writing this post over the weekend.  I think it was on a lot of people’s mind.  How would he feel about the current state of the U.S.? Continue reading “Monday Motivation- I have a Dream and the Your Turn Challenge”