I was just a small town boy. Sure, I had an adventurous spirit, probably more adventurous than most. My view of the world, though, was small in scope…
^ from our wedding day, June, 7th 2008
Sure, I thought it would be cool to move to a big city and experience that side of life, but I never thought I would. Yes, I dreamed of working in film production, but real film production? I assumed Hollywood wasn’t in the cards for me. I thought it would be cool to experience a new culture some day. I never thought we’d see Africa though. To meet a real Maasai tribesman face to face and talk to them. I wanted to have a family that’s adventurous and passionate. To be perfectly honest though, I figured settling for less is just what people do.
^ flying into Tanzania, Africa in May 2012
It’s not that I thought that these things were impossible; Maggie will attest that I am a can-do personality. It’s just that a person needs constant support for all of these things. None of them would’ve happened without Maggie and I telling each other, “That sounds outrageous, but I’m in.”
^ our first day in Tanzania with Compassion International
If you say, “It would be cool to move to Italy for a few months,” many people will laugh. But not all people. Some people, the very finest people, will say instead, “OK, how can we make that happen?”
See, anyone can believe in themselves — but how much easier is it if you’re not alone in that belief?
When you say to someone, “You are capable” you become part of that person’s success story.
When I married Maggie, I was worried that we’d settle. We’d settle down, settle in, and settle for whatever came our way. That settlement has yet to happen. If you’re engaged to be married and are writing your own vows, I recommend adding this line, “I promise to pursue your dreams. I promise to push you to greater heights. I promise to say ‘yes’ to your ambitions.”
^ at the beach with my son, June 2013
I’ve heard many people through the years tell me personally how much my wife has inspired them. How her story has helped to shape theirs. How her bravery has helped them to be brave. How her encouragement helped them to finally catch up to that dream. To every person who has been encouraged by her words, I am part of your ranks.
More importantly, I want to encourage you to do the same for others.
Do you have a business that you’re thinking about starting? Do you have a trip that you’ve always wanted to plan? Better yet, a move? Do you have something in your mind that you want to do, but are hesitant?
^ Minneapolis’s skyline at night, 2012
Guess what? I encourage you.
Yes, you. You can do it. You are capable. Do not doubt yourself, because as of this moment, you officially have one fan, right here, that knows you have that potential. Do something with that.
Once you know how it feels to have someone believe in you, pass that on. Inspiration is contagious and it begs to be shared. Just like my wife inspires me at every ridiculous turn, I challenge you to inspire someone else.
Give your friend a call, and when they tell you about what they wish they were doing, remember what it’s like to have someone backing you.
Please tell me in the comments what it is that you want. What change, what goal, what do you want to start? Share it below so we can discuss and encourage each other.