It’s big but you can’t see it. So great that if you could see it you wouldn’t believe it. It’s your destiny and it’s calling you. If you don’t believe me just remember Albert Einstein. He could not speak until he was four years old. He did not read until he was 7. His parents thought he was retarded. We know they were wrong. Or how about Beethoven. His music teacher said, "As a composer he is hopeless." Wrong again. And let’s not forget Muhammad Ali. His teacher once told him, “you ain’t never going to be nothing. He showed her and the world that he was the greatest after all. We all know Helen Keller’s story and we certainly all know our own story. Every day we face challenges, fears, obstacles, and negativity that hits us with left jabs and right hooks. We get so caught up in the details of bills, job pressures, raising kids, fixing the house, car payments, trying to make a living and a hundred other to-dos, that we can’t even see over the piles of paper on our desk never mind—our future success. But when times are tough and your bills are bigger than the balance in your checking account, or when you are feeling overwhelmed after staring a new business or job, or when you are drowning in house work and changing diapers every few hours or when you didn’t get that promotion or lost your job or when you get sick and all feels hopeless these are the times when you need to realize the most—that you are part of a bigger plan. There is greatness in you. There is a Big Life plan for you. Your destiny sits inside your soul like DNA sits inside your genes. You may not be able to see it but its there—waiting to unfold if you let it. Don’t let yourself get caught up in the crashing waves. Instead jump those waves and keep your head up looking out into the horizon. And if you experience a wave so big that there is no way you can jump it, then ride it. Learn from the surfer who challenges wave after wave, growing stronger, developing more balance, and becoming more skilled every day. A smooth ocean never made a skilled surfer and a struggle-free existence never made a meaningful, great life.

So the next time you are facing a difficult situation remember that there is more than what is in front of you. There is a challenge, a lesson, and a plan. Emerson said "The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear." Don’t let fear get in the way of the life that is meant for you. Einstein, Muhammad Ali, and Helen Keller show us that anything is possible. They overcame their obstacles and doubters and discovered their greatness. Trust that there is a plan for you and let the possibilities unfold. In the process you will discover the great things you are born to do. You don’t have to push. Just trust and your destiny will meet you when the time is right.

About the author:
Jon Gordon is a professional speaker, energy coach, and author of “Become an Energy Addict,” which offers over 100 simple, powerful ways to increase your mental, physical, and emotional energy. For free energy tips, visit

Author's Bio: 

Jon Gordon, known internationally as The Energy Addict, is the author of Become an Energy Addict (Longstreet Press, Sept. 2003). He’s been called “America’s Premiere Energy Coach” by various media and organizations throughout the country. His mission is to help you fuel your life, energize your career and get addicted to positive energy.

Jon’s seminars, newsletters, articles, radio and television appearances are seen and heard by tens of thousands of people each week. Jon’s personal coaching has increased the mental and physical energy of people from all walks of life. From corporate executives, athletes, and artists to Mom’s and Dad’s who need to recharge their batteries, Jon’s simple, practical tips have produced life changing results. As a professional speaker, Jon has infused energy into organizations such as The PGA Tour, The Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Life, State Farm Insurance, The United Way, The Children’s Home Society, Cingular Wireless and The Ponte Vedra Inn and Club.

Jon is also the founder of PEP (Positive Energy Program), a non-profit 501C3 initiative whose mission is to fund programs that:
• Teach children how to build mental, physical and emotional muscle.
• Teach children how to overcome negative emotions such as anger, fear, hate and jealousy so they can become positive adults who share positive energy instead of negative energy, love instead of hate, kindness instead of apathy and compassion instead of violence.

Jon is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in teaching from Emory University. He lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida with his wife and two children.

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