We've all heard the story of the woman whose child was stuck under a car and how she found the strength to raise the car off the child. What gave her that strength?
We've heard the stories of the pioneers who pushed their handcarts through the mud and muck, fixed broken axles, walked through the snow with bare feet. What kept them going?
Each of us have a strong desire in our lives. We may not be faced with having to save the lives of our children or having to walk across the country to seek religious freedom, but there is something you want, deep down, so badly that you'd be willing to do whatever it took to get it. You have a dream that's more than a dream -- you want it so badly you can taste it.
But what if you're not strong enough, brave enough, outgoing enough, popular enough to attain that dream?
If you want it, you have what it takes to get it. Backbones feed on desire. Think you're not courageous enough? Think of how badly you want that thing. That desire will make you strong. Desire, coupled with faith, is unstoppable.
If you let your fears keep you from going after the things you want most, you just don't want them badly enough.
Do you realize that most of the things we fear are things we've invented ourselves? We worry that people are looking at us. They're not. We worry that they're judging us. They're not. We worry that they have some sort of power over our lives, and that we have to please them or we'll never be successful. They don't, and we don't.
All those people are sitting over there, worried about what others are thinking about them. They aren't thinking about you at all, except for to worry that you're thinking about them.
Stop thinking about everyone else. Think about you. What do you want? What are your dreams? When you get to the end of your life and you're looking back on all you accomplished and didn't accomplish, what are the regrets you're going to have?
Now live so that you don't carry those regrets.
And stop obsessing over what other people think.