When is the last time you believed in someone when they didn't believe in themselves? More importantly, when was the last time you told them?
Have you ever had anyone tell you that they truly believed in you and your potential or told you something about yourself that even you didn't believe? It probably made you feel pretty good. It probably made you feel a little more confident, while questioning if what they were saying was true. But, if someone you trust tells you they believe in you and your potential enough, you start to believe it. Then, you start to become it.
Growing up, my grandfather used to tell me I could be President of the United States some day. He would tell me this all the time. As a kid, I didn't think anything of it. But, as I have gotten older and started to understand life and learn all the amazing things that I have been lucky to do, I have found myself reflecting back on those conversations and asking myself, what if? What if I could be President? Of course, there is another side to this, which is do I really want to? But parking that to the side for a minute, as I think about it and think about what my grandfather used to say to me - yeah, it's definitely possible.
More importantly, what I take from remembering these conversations is the incredible abundance of possibilities that are all around us in our lives. To me, that is the real gift from my grandfather. By telling me I could be someone that most would think is not possible or crazy, his words opened up a new world of thinking for me. And it is that type of big, bold, and sometimes outlandish thinking that I feel has helped me to succeed and create huge opportunities in life.
I now use this lesson to believe in others and help them reach their true potential and see the possibilities around them.
How about you? Is there someone that you can show belief in and help to understand their true gifts? Tell them. Give them permission to own their power and become who they were truly meant to be. Who knows, with your encouragement, they may be President some day...