Friday, September 4, 2015

No Excuse For Greatness

We can be so hard on ourselves sometimes. We're our own worst critics.  What if we were to only live from a place of purpose. By that I mean, live our lives daily as if we KNOW we have purpose and not just trying to convince ourselves.  How differently would we view things and make decisions?

No Excuse For Greatness is about is not denying our progress.  As human beings our lives are defined by experiences and choices, both good and bad. We make ourselves feel it when they're bad...the 'shoulda' 'woulda' 'coulda' moments.  We decide within ourselves that we have a period of time to wallow in it. Then pick up, dust off and keep moving, sometimes recreating the same version of events if we haven't learned or spending a whole lot of time trying to not make the same mistakes.  

No Excuse for Greatness is about acknowledging we fought.  We tend to downplay what we go through after time has passed.  The sting isn't quite as hard. The roar emotions fade. Like a mother that's gone through hours and hours of labour, over the years the memory of the pain doesn't rip through her body. Doesn't mean she forgets the experience but it's definitely easier to talk about because when she looks at that child, she sees the purpose for that pain. It makes it easier and the focus becomes more on the beautiful child than on the pain.  Why is it so much harder for us to let the pain fade and acknowledge that there was purpose in it. That we are who we are because of what we've been through.

No Excuse for Greatness is about standing in our truth.  Once we make it out, let's not shy away from our truth. We alone know what our fight involved. It's okay to stand in who we are after our fight knowing that the time we spent praying, crying, fighting, hiding, believing...makes us who we are.  Don't let anyone walking in at the end of our chapter, determine how we feel.  

They don't know what it took.  They don't know our story. So confidently say Thank You when complimented on our end result.  Confidently share what it took so they know it was a process.  Confidently stand in our truth and what we came out of, knowing that we can help someone else reach their truth. Don't make excuses for who we are!!  We are who we are because we've been through something and fought our way through.  Don't deny it. Don't deny the prayers, the tears, the inner struggle.  We lived it and we came through victorious.  Stand tall knowing that this life is bigger than you.  Don't deny the Greatness within You! Don't deny the God in You, especially when your story is far from over!!! 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Life in itself can get so busy.  There's always something to do, always an appointment, always someone depending on us, always preparation for another day...before you know it days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months and so on.

Then we make comments like "time flies" when we stop for a moment to think on something that strikes us at that moment. It all happens so fast.
We have drastic moments when someone we care about or someone who has had an impact at some stage in our life, passes away.  Usually that's the moment we stop time and the busyness of life to really think about how that person has affected our life. Where we'd be if we hadn't met them? The many conversations we had? The last time we saw them? It really becomes a moment of reflection. Then as time leads to their memorial we think about what we would have said to them if we saw them one last time. If only they knew...

Today, I want to challenge you to not wait till that moment. Live your life in a way that causes you to let your loved ones and acquaintances know how you feel about them or about what they've done to cause change in your life. Don't wait for  a funeral, or a birthday, or an anniversary. How about you let them know just because you don't know when that last moment will be.  Keep in mind, there's more to this... imagine if we lived a life where we knew what we meant to others. What kind of fuel, encouragement or drive would that give us to keep fighting through, to walk in our purpose, to continue to look past our situation and follow through. We'd help each other live a more fulfilling and purposeful life.

Let's also teach our children, nieces & nephews and all the children in our life.  Teach them to not wait. Teach them to seize every moment to be that catalyst, to not waste moments thinking they have time but to do what their hearts lead them to do.  It could mean a world of difference for someone else.

Let's not waste time thinking we have time. Let's let it become the way we live. Let's use our time wisely to create change and not have to regret.  Turn the "I wish they knew how they changed my life" to "I'm glad they know how I feel about them!"