Albert Schweitzer once proclaimed, “One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.”

As a kid, I vividly remember how a challenge both terrified and excited me. As I faced any challenge, my approach to it was always going head-on into it. It was a lot like being involved in a competitive sport where winning at all costs was the goal!

Being the best at everything was essential to my growing character. Part of the challenge included another aspect of who I was; a perfectionist. In school, getting an “A” grade was never enough. I had to reach for an A+ grade instead!

Reaching for the best in yourself is essential in all that you do. Keeping your perspective in check is even more important.

Softening the edges of your own perfectionism is a good quality to add to your character, along with setting expectations you can achieve.

For a writer, believing in your talents and ability to be a great communicator is probably one of the biggest challenges you will face.

It is not OK to feel your writing is not good enough.

That’s like saying you can’t cook, or you’ll never lose weight. Setting specific goals you want to achieve is the beginning of believing YOU are possible.

There are days where the fresh ideas you want so badly to surface lie buried. And then there is the blessing of racing to capture your thoughts as they fly out of your mind so quickly, that it’s almost impossible to get those thoughts down fast enough.

Just the other day I was having a conversation with a family member. During our time together, something came up that made me think about how often people choose to believe they are not good enough in one aspect or another of their lives.

You have the potential to make an impact. Writing is one of the most excellent ways to connect positively with other people.

Often, what’s necessary to triumph over the challenge you face is to let yourself be brave enough to face the fear. Your fear is what creates the unnecessary drama and drains your creative energy from you.

My dad left me with the gift of two indelible words that I live each day. Saying these words and the truth they provide help to take away any doubts I feel about myself. The words are, “I can!”

There is a sense of triumph in these words. They are a comfort and give me the feeling that I can do most anything I set my mind to accomplish.

For others, it’s easier to not fight the good fight and go about living in the ordinary, instead, of the extraordinary. With this attitude you are safe, as well as complacent.

Are you ready to take a leap of faith and be extraordinary?

With an, “I can” attitude, you allow yourself to open the doors to a much richer life.

Be willing to make life richer. Your writing isn’t just a dream, it is something that is possible.

I’d like to invite you for the next week to approach your writing with possibility. You can do this! It’s your turn to believe in you!