Do you know how great you are?

For most people that question brings an immediate negative response. For most people it smacks of pride and egotism to even consider that they are great, in fact to consider themselves with any superlative whatsoever. Most believe that the few people who do think of themselves like that are blowhards and narcissists and egomaniacs and pretty soon “they’ll be taken down off their high horse”. Most people watch gleefully as the mighty are taken down, cementing with example after example the notion that those on high are due for punishment. Obviously, it’s the truth… or is it?

Everything that you want to have and everything that you want to be and everything that you want to be able to do for others comes through the doorway of your belief about yourself. If you believe that you are great then greatness can come through you. If you believe that you are average or less you can expect average or less results. It doesn’t matter how much you really want something, if you think little of yourself you can only produce little.

The garden hose can’t take credit for the water that comes through it but it can take credit for the amount of water and where the water goes. Everyone of us is a garden hose. When we think of ourselves as small, we can only produce small effects but when we think of ourselves as large and strong and great, we can produce mightily.

When you were small, EVERYONE drilled into you the notion that you shouldn’t think greatly of yourself. Oh, aspire to great things but don’t think too highly of yourself. You fit in much better if you believed that and if you fit in much better than those in charge never had to deal with any upstart questions or behaviors. It was control pure and simple and it worked. That was a long time ago and it wasn’t true then and it certainly isn’t true now. You are great. That doesn’t mean that you are better than others. It means you are great and you have the ability, yes, the duty, to let greatness flow through you. Do you know how great you are? I pray that you do and that you let it flow!

(C) 2011 All Rights Reserved, Patrick McBride


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