The making of a champion

Moving beyond the ordinary

This month marks a very significant month in my life.

Among all of the wonderful achievements that I have accomplished in my life; my children ranking at the top of the list and my academic accolades not far behind; I have now given birth to yet another first and wonderful thing; my new talk show Lighten Up with Catherine Tyson.

It’s my baby from gestation to pregnancy, labour and now delivery. It was a dream for many years that was sitting waiting to be manifested but was paralysed by the F word; FEAR, until finally I decided to step out on the biggest F word of all; FAITH.

This word is powerful beyond measure and simply means that even when you can’t see something it doesn’t mean it isn’t there or that it can’t happen!

In a poem written by Marianne Williamson “Our Deepest Fear” she says “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

I have been inspired by this poem ever since I read it a few years ago. Who are we to be brilliant? And I ask you today, who are we not to be? Sometimes we are so afraid of succeeding that we sabotage ourselves when we should simply give ourselves permission to be a champion at whatever we put our minds to.

The author of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen Covey said that “Life is filled with champions who drew extremely poor hands and with losers who drew terrific hands. In life, unlike cards, you will never be dealt a hand that cannot be turned into a winner.

Success is for you and me and for anyone willing to take the initiative to pay the price. Go for it – Move towards your success by turning your hand into a winner! No involvement, no commitment”.

He writes in The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness that “Everyone chooses one of two roads in life – the old and the young, the rich and the poor, men and women alike. One is the broad, well-travelled road to mediocrity, the other the road to greatness and meaning.

The range of possibilities that exists within each of these two destinations is as wide as the diversity of gifts and personalities in the human family. But the contrast between the two destinations is as the night is to the day.”

I believe that to move beyond the ordinary is what makes us champions and when we step out on faith the possibilities are endless.

Imagine what would happen if you begin to walk with courage today and replace your doubts with a vision: Imagine what you would have and where would you be.

I ask people what is burning deep inside of them all the time and today I really want you to think about that for a moment. What could you do if you looked at your life differently? What drives you and is fear crippling you? What road have you chosen thus far and what do you now do about it?

I challenge you today to listen to your heart’s song, throw caution to the wind and go for it. Enjoy every minute of the journey, live large, laugh often, treat people well and enjoy your success.

And catch The Lighten Up Show with Catherine Tyson on Cayman 27 every Tuesday evening at 7pm and please tell me how your week is going at [email protected]