The Power Of Rooting For Yourself

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I didn't make it this far on my own, but I understand that i'm ultimately in control of my progression.

Certain traumatic low points that I've experienced would have stopped me dead in my tracks if not for consistent encouragement and support from people who love me deeply. I'm not talking about the empty, obligatory words of encouragement that we get from people who inadvertently stumble into conversations about struggles we're enduring. I'm talking about hugs with both arms. Therapeutic conversations over drinks. Group chats as safe spaces. "Just checking on you" phone calls.

That level of love.

That level of support. 

I'm frequently amazed at the generosity and kindness of the people in my life. During weak moments, I tend to feel undeserving of their support. It's a feeling that I'm trying to grow out of. I’ve felt like a black sheep, a failure, an outcast, and a hypocrite. I’ve been expelled from college, almost fired from my only day job, and gone flat broke as an entrepreneur. It's difficult to push past setbacks that life throws your way. It's even more of a challenge to endure the low points when you're acutely aware of how instrumental you've been in the creation of your own setbacks. I’ve brought about my own demise more than once. I've learned to fully own that as part of my personal healing process. 


"I'M NOT WAITING FOR ANYONE ELSE TO MAKE MY LIFE BETTER. I'M CHOOSING TO BELIEVE IN MY ABILITY TO ORCHESTRATE THAT. I'M CHOOSING TO EMBRACE THE POWER OF ROOTING FOR MYSELF."

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I’ll never forget the friends and family who saw fit to help me push past those moments. I appreciate every word of encouragement and every form of support that other people bestow upon me. I hope that I can continue to be there in the same way for them, when they endure their own personal storms.

That being said, I'm not waiting for anyone else to make my life better. I'm choosing to believe in my ability to orchestrate that. I'm choosing to embrace the power of rooting for myself - not as a means of denying the importance of community, distancing myself from a healthy relationship with God, or negating the way that many people have helped me, but as a form of personal accountability.

This is about coming to terms with the power of my own thought process, and choosing to exercise discipline over that process.

No one understands my goals and dreams better than me.

No one can push me more than I can push myself.

The weight of my goals rests squarely on my shoulders. I embrace that weight. I have to be my biggest cheerleader. I have to hold myself accountable. I have to be the catalyst for the changes that I want to bring about. No one’s going to tell me when it’s time to change my life for the better. No one’s going to tell me that I need to switch my habits up. No one’s going to tell me that “good” isn’t good enough, because greatness is within reach. I have to make these choices for myself.

I will.


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