Today I had the privilege of speaking down at UVU. Can I just tell you that I LOVE talking to the students at the colleges. They are so incredibly amazing and they don’t even know it yet.
My goal, when I go and talk with the students, is to help them realize that they are just as good and just as smart and just as capable as every other successful person out there. The issue these young people have isn’t their ability; it is their lack of believing in themselves. So many young people think that because they are young and inexperienced that they can’t measure up – but it’s just not true. Young people are absolutely BRILLIANT! Young people learn faster than adults do, they are more creative than adults are, they take in information more quickly, and they seem to be born with an inherent understanding of technology that is mind boggling. The only thing that young people lack is a belief in themselves and a belief in how amazing the things they can accomplish are. And so I hope they believe me when I tell them that they are amazing and they are truly capable of accomplishing anything they set their hearts and minds to. They are capable of truly changing the world.
I genuinely believe that every one of us came into this life with unique God given gifts and talents. I also believe that the reason we were given these talents was to facilitate our ability to make a great contribution to this world. Our job is to recognize and appreciate these gifts and talents and then figure out how to use them to accomplish things that make this world a better place.
One thing we should never do is to diminish ourselves and our worth. We should never doubt that we are capable of being amazing if we choose to. Every single person in this world is capable of greatness. I truly believe that. And no one should ever get caught up in the trap of comparing their talents to someone else’s talents in an attempt to rank them as one being more valuable or more important than another. One talent is never above another: musical talent isn’t better or worse than artistic talent, just as technical talents are not better or worse than having the talent of being able to lift others spirits. Every talent is different, but each is equal. And every talent you have been blessed with, if you take advantage of it and grow it, will help you to make the world a better place in your own unique way that only you can do.
“We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.” ~Marianne Williamson
As we head into this amazing weekend, remember that you are amazing. Recognize and be grateful for the talents God has given you. Be fearless. Believe in yourself. Then start looking for ways you can use your talents to change the world for the better and START! Just start moving forward! You don’t have to have it all figured out in order to take the first step…just get started and as you do the path ahead will become more and more clear as to which way to go on your incredible journey! And never forget that You are Smarter Then You Think and More Amazing than You Realize!