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Be Great, Powerful Beyond Measure

I hope you will forgive the length of this post. I came across this video a couple weeks ago and fell in love with it. It is SO motivational. It combines quotes from Muhammad Ali, Rocky, and the movie Coach Carter (Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson). I converted this youtube video to an mp3. When I’m jogging I listen to this on repeat and hear Rocky’s speech as if he was talking to me directly. I find myself running faster and harder as he talks about how life can beat you down. I recall all the past times I have quit something when the going got tough, all the times I tried to put blame on others for my failures, all the times I worked so hard towards something and then gave up no matter how close I was to obtaining it. I am shy and have been all my life. Often times I am insecure.  As I began this journey of training for the marathon, I have agreed that I am gonna try really hard to overcome these things.  Every day as I jog I am proving myself wrong.  As I start to run my body tells me that I am weak and that I won’t make it around the block, my sides hurt, my back is killing me, my legs feel like mush, but every day I am training my mind to overcome my body, and three miles later I rejoice in the fact that I proved my body wrong.  How much more could we accomplish if we learned to listen to our hearts and not our bodies?  This is one of the reasons I love jogging, it gives me the chance to prove myself wrong.  It gives me a chance to reach deep down inside myself when I feel like quitting and pull out the best I have.  It improves my well being, and allows me to really reflect on my life and myself.  I am running to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and our coach often reminds us that those we are running for don’t have a choice, don’t get to quit the cancer.  As I’m running I am reminded that no matter how exhausted I am, I get to go back home and relax and take it easy, but those we run for get no rest, they fight for their lives every hour of every day.  I hope that this video will help motivate and inspire many of you guys to overcome your trials and be the best that you can be.  If some of you have felt inspired to run as you see my running updates on facebook, just remember to take it slow, don’t be discouraged.  When I first trained back in November of last year, I could barely make it down the street without hacking up a lung and wanting to die.  Eventually I just tried to run a little farther each time and tried to remember I was 80 lbs heavier than I was in high school and shouldn’t expect to run as fast or as far as I used to.  Eventually I began to run telephone poles, I would run to one pole, walk to the next, and repeat, until eventually I felt good enough that I was able to start jogging a mile without stopping.  If I can do it I know anyone can.  I hope that you can make sense of all the incoherent babbling above, my mind is running 100 miles per hour at all times and my thoughts don’t always come out like I’d like them to:P Thank you to everyone who has supported me on my journey of training for the marathon and in losing weight:) You guys mean the world to me.  Below you can find the lyrics/script for the video.

Video/Script Lyrics:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure, beyond measure.

Ima show you, how great I am.

Last night I cut the light off in my bedroom, hit the switch, and was in the bed before the room was dark.

Ima show you, how great I am.

Only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick, Im so mean I make medicine sick.

Ima show you, how great I am.

This kids gonna be the best kid in the world.
This kids gonna be somebody better than anybody I ever knew.

Ima show you, how great I am.

I have wrastled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale, I done handcuffed lightnin, thrown thunder in jail.

Ima show you, how great I am.

All you chumps are gonna bow when I whoop him, all of you, I know you got him, I know youve got him picked, but the mans in trouble, Ima show you how great I am.

But somewhere along the line you changed, you stopped being you.
You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you youre no good, and when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame, like a big shadow.
Let me tell you something you already know, the world aint all sunshine and rainbows, its a very mean and nasty place and I dont care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.
You, me, or nobody, is gonna hit as hard as life; but it aint about how hard you hit, its about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take and keep moving forward.
Thats how winning is done.

Cause if youre willin to go through all the battling you gotta go through to get to where you wanna get, whos got the right to stop you.
I mean maybe some of you guys got something you never finished, something you really want to do, something you never said to somebody, something.
And youre told no even after you pay your dues, whos got the right to tell you that, who? Nobody.
Its your right to listen to your gut, it aint nobodys right to say no, after you earn the right to be where you want to be and do what you want to do.

Now if you know what youre worth, then go out and get what youre worth.
But youve gotta be willing to take the hits.
And not pointing fingers saying you aint where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody.
Cowards do that and that aint you!
Youre better than that!

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

All you chumps are gonna bow when I whoop him, all of you, I know you got him, I know youve got him picked, but the mans in trouble, Ima show you how great I am.

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