We all grew up with fairytales. Stories such as Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland can probably be found scattered throughout your childhood, and for good reason. There’s just something fantastic about them.
Children everywhere are fascinated by fairytales. They have always been had a high value placed on them in society. Albert Einstein said that if you want your kids to be intelligent, read them fairytales. There’s something about these stories that makes them very special—something that many adults no longer recognize.
Have you ever looked at someone and thought, “Man, they have it all together”? We all know that person who seems like they have no lack of confidence, whether it’s related to writing, blogging, speaking, or even playing a sport.
When we see confident people, one of the first questions that comes to mind is: how? How do they do it? How does she always write with such impact? How does he always shine on camera? Where did that confidence come from, and how can I get it?
As hard-working creative people, it’s easy to get caught up in our own minds and our own pursuits; our own lives. We succumb easily to the pressure that tells us to push ourselves to work harder and hustle more, because that’s what it takes to succeed, right?
Sometimes this pressure becomes so much that we actually feel guilty for needing a break. We tell ourselves we’re getting behind if we aren’t constantly working, and we push ourselves almost to the breaking point. And without even realizing it, we push out the people who matter the most.
Creative people are sometimes accused of living in a fantasy world, far out of reach of reality. Perhaps you’re one of them. Maybe you’ve been told your imagination is too big for your own good, and you should stop dreaming before you fall too far down the rabbit hole.
As an entrepreneur, blogger, and author, I’ve often been chastised for not choosing a “real job”; for thinking outside the box and making the decision to enter the Perilous Realm. I’ve been looked down on for pouring myself into writing instead of “doing life”. But what if these things—the fanciful and the practical don’t have to be at war with each other?
You’re here because you want to make an impact. Change lives. Be the difference. These are the things you dream of, and yet perhaps sometimes you feel small. Insignificant. Like you’re drowning in the noise of the world.
We seem to have this idea that impact is what happens when you finally grow your blog following, or finally publish that book. But impact isn’t a summit you eventually reach; it’s a mountain you climb; a lifestyle you build. Impact starts when you make a choice.
Words impact us. It’s true. The things people say affect us, whether we show it or not. But what affects us even more are the things we say about ourselves.
Labels mean things. Some we identify with voluntarily, while some are cast on us by other people. Others, we adopt out of hopelessness, discouragement, or desperation. These labels sink deep into our minds and affect how we think, how we act, and what we believe about who we are.
Our culture is obsessed with love. Romances, dramas, and the love lives of celebrities are all the rage constantly. We consume love in books, movies, and our own imaginations: always creating that wonderful fairytale ending where everyone lives happily forever.
There’s only one problem with our culture’s romanticized view of romance: it’s not quite true. As a newly engaged woman preparing to marry the love of my life, I can say that love is wonderful—the best thing ever, actually. But it’s not what we see on the screen.