For most of my basketball career, I played at a small Christian school. I was one of the top scorers in my conference, and by the end of my 10th grade season, I had scored 1,000 points. I loved the game so much.
But in 11th grade, I transferred to public school. I loved the school itself and had a good circle of friends, but when it came to basketball, I was miserable. It's true that some of my experiences at the Christian school had not prepared me for the level of play at public school. But before I even gave myself a real chance, I had myself convinced that I could not play at that level. I was so anxious and nervous at practices and in games because of the perceptions I assumed people had of me.
I rarely made it off the bench. Some of that was just the coach. But some of it was because I had not shown my full potential at practices. And honestly, I was just as capable as many of those girls. Was I the best? No. I was definitely lower on the totem pole than I had been used to at my small private school. But I was still capable. I was still talented. But because I had psyched myself out and convinced myself I wasn't good enough, I limited what I was able to accomplish.
Michael Jordan once said, "Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just illusions"
Do you limit yourself by your own, faulty perception of things? Do you tell yourself that you cannot accomplish your goals? Do you give into your fear of failure and limit your full potential? Please stop.
Know that you are so very capable!
Chase Your Dreams
I'm not going to tell you that you can play in the NBA if you're not even 5 feet tall and have a limp. I'm not going to tell you that you can be the next Lady Gaga if you can't carry a tune. I am also not going to tell you that you can do it all! Part of what we accomplish is up to God's plan for our lives, but the majority of things, especially those that we are good at and passionate about, can be accomplished if we work hard and decide not to quit.
Do you want to be a full-time blogger like I do? Well then spend every moment of free time working towards that goal and improving.
Do you want to be an artist, but your scared the money won't be good enough? Do what you love. If you can't make it financially at first, then do it part-time, until it becomes a more consistent revenue source.
Or maybe you want to work in the corporate world, but you are terrified they will eat you alive. Don't give in to that fear. Put on your big-girl panties and go take on the world! Chances are, if you give yourself the chance, you'll do amazing things!
A Little Perspective Goes a Long Way
I would like to add though, if there is something that you have "failed" at, don't look at it in such a negative light. Even though I wish I had given myself a chance to succeed, my decline in basketball was actually what God used to help me realize I didn't want to play ball in college. For years, that had been my dream, but because of my "failure", I realized that I was done with competitive sports, and that was actually an extremely positive thing for me.
So in areas where you don't do as well as you had hoped, don't lose perspective. Look at what good came from it, and how it may have actually benefited you.
Today is a new day, my friends. Make it count for something grand. Don't limit yourself, don't be afraid, and don't give up!
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