When my youngest son was in kindergarten, he made a statement that opened my eyes to something very important. He informed me he was going to go on the television show Americas Got Talent. He told me what he was going to do. He wanted to dance and sing on the show. The child is super uncoordinated and sings off key, but he does it with intensity and passion.
This declaration got me thinking. Where does his confidence come from? Why does he believe he can go on the show and perform when his “talent” is so common for one his age?
And then I realized a very important thing.
He has confidence in his ability because he has never been told he can’t do it. Why would I, his mother, shatter that dream with reality? As a loving and adoring mother I would never tell him he is not good enough.
So why do I do this to myself when it comes to my own dreams? Why do I fill my head with the negative thoughts that I can’t make anything of my dreams and desires?
I am holding myself back from fulfilling my destiny because society has told me it is not likely that I will make it. And because I have listened to society I have formed a thought process that is denying me the chance to prove them all wrong.
What I need to do is learn to exercise the faith my child has. I need to ignore what society believes and redevelop the confidence I saw in my 5 year old.
No one can tell me I can’t – not even me!
Are you fostering the faith of a five year old or that of one who has listened to the negativity?
Dare to dream. Begin trusting in yourself and ignoring what everyone else says. Do what you want to do, and believe you can do it.