I think we all have a million reasons why we can't do something. It's like we have excuses lined up nice and neat in a row that we can go through as soon as we see one obstacle to where we want to be. It can be hard to see ourselves doing something we've never done, but that's how progress works.
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One of my favorite reads in the last few years was a book by Mindy Kaling (my celeb best friend in my head) titled, “Why Not Me?” This was Mindy's second book, and in this book, she writes stories about her time in college, creating television shows, dating, and so much more. One of the best stories was the last one where she posed the question, “Why not me?” Why couldn't she be the one living her dreams and being successful at them? Was success just for other people? Surely not. She decided that there was no reason for it not to be her.
What reasons do you have for it not to be you? Likely, you have no actual reasons to stop chasing your dreams and going after the life you want to create. It can be you, just as it can be the other people you see on social media and in real life.
I live the “Why Not Me?” mantra every time I apply for a freelance job. It can be hard when you are applying to write a post that 50+ other people are also applying for. It may seem redundant to throw your application on the never-ending pile of applications that came before yours. What do you have over those people, though? The fact that you are you, of course!
You can't know what other people have up their sleeves in business, but you can't let that stop you from going after something you believe in. You are just as worthy as they are. Also, you are just as talented as they are. Even if that's not actually true, you don't know that for sure. Even with 50+ applicants, you could be the one applicant that they were looking for. It could be you, so stop denying yourself opportunities because SO many people have applied before you or you know that the applicant pool will be substantial.
You have blessings coming your way. We all have blessings coming our way. We just have to be there to accept them, which can be the hardest thing in the world to do. Stepping into your rightful place can seem hard to do when you've never done it before.
You've got to believe in your heart of hearts that it's already done. You've got to think that there is a life in the future when you have everything you want. Create vision boards, taste it, feel it.
Now, this doesn't mean keeping up with the Jones' or going out on a limb without a safety net. It means journaling, working on yourself, counting your blessings daily, praying, and most of all–making moves.
Often we are waiting on a sign from God or whatever higher power we believe in, and in so doing we miss the signs God gives us along the way. I am still struggling with reading the signs, but it's something I am working hard at every single day.
Get in tune with yourself.
Believe that you are going to make it.
Live out the “Why Not Me?” mantra.
Be open with other supportive people in your life along the way.
Let's do this!
Podcast: Diversity & Why Not Me
Today on the podcast we are chatting about how diversity fits into Why Not Me. Should you use “Why not me?” to prove a point? That would be a no. You have to have your heart and soul in whatever you decide to go after, and that's what we chat about today.
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