By: Allison Annala, Guest Blogger
Believing in yourself. It's such a simple concept, right? Set a goal, decide you are capable of achieving it, and then do it.
Sounds easy enough.
Then why isn't it? Why is the simple concept of having faith in our own aspirations and our own abilities so difficult to grasp. I can tell you: because we make it so.
We are constantly looking to others for verification, for proof that we are indeed good enough. That we CAN. But why? Why are we relying on others for affirmation? Who better than ourselves to affirm that our dreams and goals are attainable?
We are taught from an early age, "you can be anything you want to be when you grow up." And for a while, we believe that. My parents still tell me the story of when I was about three years old, and I proudly announced that I would be a bus driver when I grew up. As the years went by, my career aspirations changed to becoming a teacher, which then turned in to becoming a singer and at the peak of my ambition I wanted to be an actress on Broadway. I'm not sure when I stopped believing that theater was in the cards for me, but I did. Now, five years post grad school, I am a teacher, a coach, and (I like to call myself) a writer. Am I disappointed in my choices and my career? ABSOLUTELY NOT! But time and time again I find myself wondering what would have happened if I had committed fully to that dream of becoming an actress? What would my life be like? Would I be on Broadway or off Broadway or doing Community Theater or teaching music lessons; would I be happy? The list of possibilities is endless and it could keep a person up for nights on end. Though I had a serious passion for the arts, I made the decision to pursue another dream and have found so much joy in my work.
My life is great, and things have worked out incredibly well for me, even though I chose to let go of one of my dreams. My biggest concern is that one day I decided I wasn't good enough to pursue acting. And that scares me. I don't want my younger sister or the athletes I coach or the students I teach or my future daughters (or YOU) to ever believe they are not enough for some dream they may have. That just doesn't sit well in my heart.
So I have a challenge for all of my I AM THAT GIRL sisters:
Dream out loud.
Whatever your dream may be. Share it, tell a friend, write a blog, make a dream board, post it on Facebook or Instagram--do whatever you can to broadcast your dream, take responsibility for your goals, and DO NOT give yourself the opportunity to back down. If you do that, you know what will happen? People will support you, they will hold you accountable, they will encourage you, and even better: they'll find the courage to do it themselves.
When that happens, make sure to share the love right back and be proud of the revolution you helped to start.
Let's lose the self-doubt ladies! Start believing in the possibilities of your dreams, because the possibilities are endless! Go get ‘em, Tiger!
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Allison began gymnastics at the age of 4 and continued her career through college at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Now, she uses the life lessons learned through the sport to help young women discover their greatness! She is a huge advocate for girls and women, particularly when it comes to body image and self-worth! Along with teaching, Allison now coaches gymnastics at her Alma matter, where she earned her BSE in Health and Human Performance and her MSE in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Physical Education. She loves sharing her passion for gymnastics with women of all ages and her passion for life and love on her blog www.allison-lifeisbeautiful.blogspot.com. She is so thrilled to be an advocate for IATG and can’t wait to help inspire women all over the world! Allison tweets at @annalamountain