Utilizing Gifted Gifts

We have been gifted with brains, thoughts, and imaginations, therefore let’s use them wisely to our advantage. To be interesting, be interested. Do not live with excuses, blaming, procrastination, complaining, resentment, guilt, self-pity, regret, or unforgiveness with yourself or others another moment. Your circumstances, hardships, and obstacles are no match for a forgiven, disciplined, and made-up mind. You are strong, courageous, bold, and have the determination, resilience, perseverance, and reserves of a warrior to go beyond what you once thought was impossible.

Hope, Purpose, Meaning

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” (Patrick Henry). Psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, Viktor Frankl, was inhumanly tortured in a Nazi prison camp, nevertheless, found meaning and purpose that helped him endure and truly live despite the horrors of death, tragedy, suffering, terror, and indescribable evil and injustice surrounding him. In spite of the chains and physical imprisonment physically seen and felt, Viktor saw and felt freedom with his mind. Through visualizing mental images and thoughts of his wife, while creating other positive anchors to hold near, he aspired to survive so he could tell his story to inspire and impact multitudes of people by giving them hope and purpose.⁵

Feel Fear and Do It Anyway–Growth

“Who does not grow, declines” (Rabbi Hillel). Victory is on the other side of fear, uncertainty, doubt, unbelief, and frustration. Learn to look at frustration as a growth opportunity. Ask yourself, “How can I press on despite this problem? What can I learn from this frustration?” Most things feared don’t even happen. Fear is a result of the conditioning of our thoughts, subconscious and conscious minds, beliefs, attitudes, feelings, perceptions and imaginations. We typically are just afraid of our own thoughts and shadows, which we call fear. Feel fear and do it anyway. Do not allow the past to dictate your present or future greatness. Win the prize that awaits by breaking through fear, uncertainty and doubt.