Dare to live without limits Week of 8/12/19

Bryan Golden

Harness the awesome power that is within you

Why do some succeed while others fail? How can some people overcome daunting obstacles while other people are stopped by the smallest challenge? Is success based on birth, money, luck, knowledge, intelligence, or education?
The secret to success lies within you. It’s an awesome unstoppable power which enables you to solve problems, overcome obstacles, and push through adversity. History is filled with numerous examples of people who used their awesome power to achieve amazing goals.
Frederick Douglass became a leader of antislavery abolitionist movement even though he was born into slavery. At a young age, he was separated from his mother. Frederick didn’t attend school, but secretly taught himself to read. When his pursuit of learning was discovered he was severely beaten. He rebelled against his life of servitude by eventually escaping to freedom after several failed attempts.
Wilma Rudolph, an African-American track star who was considered to be the fastest woman on earth after winning three Olympic gold medals, had successfully overcome challenges which many people would have considered insurmountable.
Early in her life she survived scarlet fever, measles, and whooping cough. Wilma also survived infantile paralysis, which necessitated her using a leg brace until she was nine years old. Any one of the obstacles she defeated could be considered a justifiable reason to abandon Olympic aspirations.
Harlan Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, became a billionaire when he was 88 years old. His chicken business didn’t get rolling until he was 65. Harlan’s early life was a series of struggles.
He had a minimal formal education, leaving school when he was only 13 years old. Not only was Harlan fired from numerous jobs, his wife left him. His success, which was realized at an age when most people were retired, was due to relentless tenacity.
Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s founding fathers, also used his awesome power to surmount numerous hardships. Growing up with 16 siblings, his father took him out of school when he was 10 years old in order to help make candles. He later went to work for an older brother who treated Ben cruelly.
When he was only 17, Ben ran away to Philadelphia. Although he had no money, he found work and eventually set up his own printing business, and later became an author, scientist, and inventor. Ben was also a signatory to the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.
The above examples illustrate what happens when a person harnesses the awesome power they have within them. You have the same power within you. You can be just as accomplished as the people illustrated here.
You first have to believe in the power you have. Those who don’t believe they have this power, or are skeptical that it works, will never experience the amazing results generated by its utilization.
Your mind believes whatever you tell it. Cultivating an unshakable, can-do mindset is essential. You tap into your power by focusing exclusively on reasons you can and will succeed. Purge any and all excuses. Regularly monitor your self-talk to ensure it’s always positive. These strategies program your mind to harness all of your potential power.
All problems have solutions. When encountering a problem, your objective is to find the solution you need. Looking at a problem from different perspectives provides added insight as to what action you should take.
Your awesome power is fueled by persistence and determination. You only fail when you give up so failure is never one of your options. Although one approach may not work out as planned, there is another strategy which will lead to your desired outcome.

NOW AVAILABLE: "Dare to Live Without Limits," the book. Visit www.BryanGolden.com or your bookstore. Bryan is a management consultant, motivational speaker, author, and adjunct professor. E-mail Bryan at bryan@columnist.com or write him c/o this paper.  2019 Bryan Golden


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