By Jean-Paul Cortes
If you have everything in you that you need to succeed and for some
reason you feel like you're missing something, you may want to take a
look at the stories you're telling yourself.
We are all born to win, but as we grow up we seem to be pulled back by the weeds of our self-created limiting beliefs.
At the heart of winning, lies a deep understanding of yourself and your connection with others. As noted psychologist Abraham Maslow points out, we need to assume the life of a self-actualizing person.
Gaining knowledge of what's behind the way we do things, takes mindful effort. It requires discipline and the courage to hold a mirror unto ourselves in which, we may not like what we see.
We have been taught to evaluate and judge everything we experience. Pretty much without realizing it, we take these beliefs to be the expression of reality, becoming slaves to society's or our own preconceived notion of the way we judge things to be.
And often, the road less traveled upon, that of self-awareness, becomes forgotten in the recesses of our personalities.
Pretend for a moment that you have been drafted into a theater play, when you go for rehearsal, what if you were not given a script?
Wouldn't you find that odd? Most people would.
It certainly doesn't make sense to have a script-less play does it?
Life is like a play, you are the writer of your script even if you don't want to accept or realize it.
This is the hallmark successful people, those who define their own purpose.
Those who refuse to remain less than what he or she could be.
Take Rosa Parks, earlier in her life she recalls going to elementary school, where buses took white students to their school and black students had to walk to theirs: "I'd see the bus pass every day."
"But to me, that was a way of life; we had no choice but to accept what was the custom. The bus was among the first ways I realized there was a black world and a white world."
What giant was awakened within, when she clearly determined to not give up her seat?
Some time after her arrest, she was asked why she decided against relinquishing her seat, her answer was clear, "I would have to know once and for all what rights I had as a human being..."
But there's a feeling there's something more, a sense of self-awareness far greater than anything words could express, and that only action would exemplify.
Parks once said: "When that white driver stepped back toward us, when he waved his hand and ordered us up and out of our seats, I felt a determination to cover my body like a quilt on a winter night."
Rosa parks decided it was time for a change and she then proceeded to change her script.
While most of us probably won't be in her situation, just remember that what's important is that you can always choose to change the story.
You can take a look at your life script and decide what your life play should be.
That is the difference between a losing outcome and winning one. That is when you rediscover that you were born to win.
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