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Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. – Abraham Lincoln

Last night, I went swimming with one of my best friends and her two children. We had a blast in the water, working off the calories of a big meal.
When we were getting changed after the swim, we met Katie. Katie is about 5, and a spunky gal. She was singing and dancing in the change room, and I said “you are going to be a singer when you grow up.”
She turned to me and said, “I am going to do everything and be everything when I grow up.”
My first thought was, “wow that’s awesome!”. My second thought was “your parents are doing the right thing.”
Katie went on to describe all the things she was able to do on her own, without her mom’s help. She was very matter of fact about all of it, and smiled all the way through. She was clearly proud of herself and rightfully so.
We all had that kind of confidence at that age. Kids now who they are and where they want to be. They don’t question it. It is what it is. No fear. Just “do” and “be”. When I was Katie’s age I didn’t have the ability or awareness to analyze all the things that could go wrong when I tried something new. I just did it, and felt proud afterward, whether I did it perfectly or not.
Katie made me realize that so many of us don’t celebrate what we have done, in order to move forward to the next thing. Fear of being “too much” has stopped me from saying “hey Liz, you did xyz this year, isnt that awesome?” There is merit in acknowledging these things and saying, what next? What will I challenge myself to do this year? What will feed my spirit and help others?
What a fantastic way to start the new year. Believing that we can do everything and be everything. Definitely a “beyond limits” mindset that can create positive things in our lives.

What are your goals for 2012? You truly can be and do everything you set your mind to.