Dare to Believe

In February 2018, I reached out to coaching organization Noomii for help with my career. After initial consultations with three coaches, I worked with the great Marilyn Rose of Marilyn Rose Coaching. Throughout our sessions, Marilyn taught me about energy leadership styles, asked penetrating questions that led to discovering new perspectives, changed certain thought and behavior patterns, encouraged me to believe in my gifts and talents, and challenged me to stand in my truth with love, but without fear. She also offered unlimited support via e-mail, text, and phone calls. For more information, check out her website here: http://www.marilynrosecoaching.com.

One of the first encouraging words she gave was the following poem Dare to Believe.  I hope it also empowers you for your life’s vision.

Everybody Knows:
You can’t be all things to all people.
You can’t do all things at once.
You can’t do all things equally well.
You can’t do all things better than everyone else.
Your humanity is showing just like everyone else’s.

You have to find out who you are, and be that.
You have to decide what comes first, and do that.
You have to discover your strengths, and use them.
You have to learn not to compete with others,
Because no one else is in the contest of being you.

You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.
You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.
You will have learned to live with your limitations.
You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due.
And you’ll be a most vital mortal.

Dare To Believe:
That you are a wonderful, unique person.
That you are a once-in-all-history event.
That it’s more than a right, it’s your duty, to be who you are.
That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.
And you’ll be able to stay one up on what used to get you down.

Making Peace With Me

This poem addresses one of my greatest challenges: the comparison trap. Every time I compare myself, my gifts, talents, limitations, and challenges with others, I lose my joy. I used to ask, “Why don’t I have Beyonce’s body? Why can’t I live overseas? Why can’t I strike out on my own without any family ties? Why can’t I go to Hollywood?”

Over time, I have made peace with the fact that I have broad shoulders instead of an hourglass frame, that my calling starts in America, that one of God’s purposes for me is to love, serve and empower my family, church, and community, and that the seemingly glamorous Hollywood is largely smoke and mirrors.

Which one of these points in the poem is the greatest challenge for you? What is your biggest takeaway? I would love to hear from you.

EnVision That! Highlights Chris Pratt

Actor Chris Pratt is both celebrated and criticized for his faith in Christ.

American actor Chris Pratt is best known for his leading man roles in movies such as The Magnificent Seven, Passengers, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, Jurassic World, and more.

He recently came under fire for an interview with talk show host Stephen Colbert in which he discusses a Daniel Fast plan he did with his church. Watch the clip below:

Actor Chris Pratt discusses his experience with doing the biblical Daniel Fast with his church, a 21-day diet of fruits, vegetables, and grains.

Chris Pratt attends Zoe Church which is modeled after Hillsong Church, a mega church founded in Australia but which has locations in New York City and Los Angeles.

Actress Ellen Page took to Twitter to slam Pratt for attending a church that stands against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) lifestyles. Page recently married her dance teacher Emma Portner.

My favorite quote from Pratt’s interview is this: “If the spotlight that’s shining on you is greater than the light coming from within you, it can kill you. And you see it all the time. Sometimes just having a self to share is what kills you, because there is nothing left. So you have to have a light to share. A light that’s just as bright as any of these lights. Then you can survive and save some of yourself and not give it all away. It’s true.”

Chris Pratt, keep shining! You are a bright light, and Hollywood and the world need your voice and your vision!