Do You Dare Greatly?

Empty sunset grand soccer arena in lights“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt

That is an excerpt from a speech given by Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th President. Wise words. And a good reminder at a time when everyone seems to be a “critic”.

I’ve often shared my struggles and challenges. I’ve also shared my wins and triumphs. I’ve been criticized for sharing too much – and for not sharing enough. But the fact is, I’m out there trying every day, one step at a time. And when I fall, I stand up, learn what I must, dust myself off, and try again.

Do I have doubts and fears? You bet! Have I had failures? Yes I have, and I’ve even shared them with you. But I’m in the arena, and my face is marred by blood, sweat and tears. I know that I am giving it my best. I’m playing all out and all in. And if I succeed, I will celebrate. And if I fail, I know I have done my best.

It’s a risk – it’s all a risk. And we can get in our own way with a 100 different excuses and “buts”. We can also let others get in our way – when we listen to the critic that increases the doubts and fears. But until we make the decision, the choice, the deliberate, intentional act to play the game of life… well, we will not reach our full life potential. Someone recently shared with me…. “Doubting yourself (and listening to your critics) isn’t going to help you be where you need to be – for you or anyone else. Dig down and find your strength. You have more then you know or need. Finding it is your mission right now.”

Are you willing to face your critics and get in the arena? Are you willing to get your face dirty? Are you willing stumble and maybe even fall? Are you willing to DARE GREATLY – knowing that you have lived all out, all in and to the best of your ability? I am. I hope you will too!

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