Your battles matter

There are people in your life right now who are watching and learning from you. . . . The question I continue to ask myself is this: “If I couldn’t say one word, what would my life say?” That question keeps me accountable to make sure I’m not just talking the change, but actually making the change. It’s easy to post on social media. It’s easy to look like change. But the only way to leave a true legacy and impact is to be the change. That’s why I’m always telling my followers, “Live it. Breathe it. Be it.” Somebody, somewhere, at some time is watching what you do. You’re an inspiration, whether you want the title or not. You’re inspiring people in either a positive way or a negative one. So, what does your life say? Not your words, but your life!

When you leave a great legacy, you give others an amazing gift—you give them a huge lead when they take the baton from you. And if part of your legacy is that you had to overcome enormous troubles or maybe get beyond the negative legacy that was left for you, that’s even better, because you’re not just leaving a legacy of accomplishment but a legacy that shows it’s possible to get beyond difficult circumstances and still have a great life. . . .

When you stop running away from your battles, you face up to the roadblocks that have been preventing you from being the best version of yourself. Instead of trying to stay one step ahead of your troubles, you turn around, face them, and do the hard work necessary to end them. You have those tools now, and a person who doesn’t run from his or her most important battles is going to leave an extremely valuable legacy.

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