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Feb 08th

Motivational Moments: True strength comes from within: Follow your passion

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bookLast week I read about a woman who finally decided to follow her passion and become a doctor. This woman was in her fifties and always wanted to go back to school. She had a great career in which she was very successful, but there was always this burning desire inside of her to follow her dreams that never seemed to dissipate. She was told that she was too old and many people asked her why would she even bother going back to school when she had already had a great job and was close to retirement? She simply said her passion wouldn't allow her to sleep at night. This goal of becoming a doctor would be on her mind throughout the day and even while she worked.

When there is something that you always wanted to do and for whatever reason you haven't been able to complete it, it will always be on your mind. This can happen when we set goals that others believe are out of our reach. I remember when I started writing my first book and I told everyone that I was a writer before the book was even complete. I heard people say that it is going to be very hard to get it published. Someone even said that writing a book would take years and dedication and that I didn't have what it took to do such a thing. Where would I be today if I had listened to those naysayers? I not only dedicated my time to finishing that book, but I also wrote another one after that. (I am currently working on my third book!)

The bottom line is this, if we listen to people tell us what we can't do, we will never know where our real strength lies. True strength comes from within and it shows itself when we are pushed to the edge, when we are all out of options, and when we are told that this is the end and there is nothing else that can be done.

When you set out to achieve a goal that you have always wanted to accomplish, let nothing stand in your way. If you can dream it, then you can still do it! Some goals are meant to be accomplished when we are mature and when we have learned to deal with let downs and setbacks. So I say, have fun reaching for the top and never let anyone tell you what you can't do! It's your life and your journey!

And as always, stay focused, stay determined, and keep striving for greatness.

Penny Jones-Richardson is a published author and life coach. She can be reached via her website at or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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