What negative labels are you carrying around?
As you may recall from my last email, I’ve been reading a book by Joel Osteen called Think Better, Live Better. It’s all about reprogramming your mind to think more positively so that you can have a more fulfilling life.
One of the concepts addressed in the book is the idea of removing negative labels that might’ve been placed on you by family members, friends, bosses, co-workers, your home environment, and so on.
For instance, did you know that Walt Disney, as a teenager, was told by a newspaper editor that he wasn’t creative and didn’t have a good imagination?
Ha! It’s something most of us would laugh at now.
Or what about J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series? Did you know that her manuscript for the first Harry Potter book was rejected 12 times by publishers? She was even told not to quit her day job!
And look at her now. She’s created a $15 billion brand.
It would’ve been easy for her or for Walt Disney, however, to step away from their dreams and accept the labels placed on them.
Rowling could’ve thought to herself, ‘Maybe I don’t have what it takes to be a writer, after all. Maybe I’m kidding myself trying to pursue this. These publishers obviously don’t think I have what it takes, so maybe they’re right and I should just find a normal job.’
All of us at some point or another have to deal with labels that others have put on us. And as Joel writes in his book, wrong labels can keep you from fulfilling your destiny.
But here’s the good news: the only power that a label has over you is the power that you give it.
If you remove it, quit thinking about it, and quit acting like it’s the truth, then that label will have no effect on you.
People can call you many things in life, but you aren’t what people call you. You’re what you answer to.
So my question is: what labels are you still carrying around?
Maybe someone told you that you weren’t good enough or smart enough or attractive enough or talented enough.
Maybe someone convinced you your situation will never change, that you’ll always be stuck in poverty just like the rest of your family, that you’ll never amount to anything because your dreams are unrealistic.
Well, friend, today’s the day you get to remove those labels once and for all.
They’re not yours to carry. Sometimes, people want to impose their small-mindedness on you because misery loves company. They maybe never achieved anything they’re proud of, so they want to convince others that they can’t succeed either.
But it’s not your responsibility to carry someone else’s lack of vision, someone else’s negativity, or someone else’s rain cloud.
Give yourself an honest assessment and ask what labels you’re carrying that aren’t serving a divine purpose in your life or helping you to become the best person you can be.
Then, simply make the decision that you’re choosing a new label for yourself: winner, achiever, success story, loved, happy, talented, positive, prosperous, and so on.
This is your story, after all. Don’t you think you should have a say in writing it? 🙂