Your Chance to be Great (Down the Line, Stran Smith)

Oftentimes, when I’m driving down the road and see horses standing in the pasture, I’ll wonder if they are missing out on the chance to be great. I’m certain there are many horses that are born to be great and gone to waste because they were never trained. Those horses never had a say and thankfully that’s not the case with people.

As a human, you have the ultimate say in your success. There are many people who have been told, especially during their formative years, that they will never succeed. Their self-image has become what someone else has told them. They become the label they have been given: loser, choker, dummy or whatever. It’s insecure bullies who usually hand out these labels.  You can overcome this and choose not to let others claim your destiny. You are the only one who is control of your destiny.

Every day, I see how impressionable my boys are and easily they are molded. Stone, my oldest, is very tenderhearted and a pleaser. With the right words and encouragement he will try and do anything for me. My youngest is a little more like me. Tell him that he can’t do something and he will growl at you while he’s showing you that he can do it. These two boys have the same genetics, live in the same environment and yet they are totally different and will have to be encouraged differently. I never want to be a stumbling block for them, either from my success, my expectations or lack of encouragement. I take everything I say and do around them very seriously.

For all my efforts, they are the ones who will determine how successful they are in life. If they decide to rope, I can’t throw the rope for them. If they want to be President of the United States, I’m behind them but can’t do anything to help them.

I encourage you to be successful and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Don’t let someone quench your dreams – go chase those dreams down.

Till next time, God Bless and I’ll see you down the line.

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