In the movie Freedom Writers, there is this quote, “I don’t want excuses. I know what you’re up against. We’re all up against something.” Braveheart said, “If it’s worth it, fight for it.” A favorite of mine from Dead Poet’s Society, “Carpe’ Diem; seize the day.” But one quote that really stuck with me was in The Pursuit of Happiness, about a man who had nothing and gained everything, “…don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.” Why do we love these stories? Why do we admire these characters? Because they inspire us. They are stories about people doing the impossible, even when someone said they can’t.
Roger Banister: On May 6, 1954, Roger Banister became the first man to run a mile in under four minutes. It had never been done before and was therefore considered physically impossible. But since 1954, many runners have accomplished the same feat. Roger Banister’s legacy is that he had faith that this act was possible before anyone else dared to believe.
Back when mail was delivered via the Pony Express, who could have imagined a machine that sends mail electronically in seconds? What about cell phones, cars, dishwashers, TV’s, the list goes on-and-on.
Let me ask you this…when have you impacted someone with your courage and faith? Not sure? Okay, let’s try it this way. When has someone impacted YOU with their courage or faith? That’s probably a little easier to answer.
Your courage and your faith is part of your personal growth and development and will encompass everything you do. Why? Because as you grow, you gain courage to keep going.
How many times have you said “I could never do that?” What excuse did you have? You are your own story, no one gets to write it for you.
Have courage and faith and leave the excuses behind.