“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson
On New Year’s Eve I went to see Cats at the London Palladium. This feline musical hosted a feast of mesmerizing creative arts with a huge sprinkling of ‘razzle dazzle’. I enjoyed watching performers like Beverley Knight bring the stage to life and uplift the audience.
What stood out for me in this show was Mark John Richardson, who played Magical Mr Misoffelees. He stood out for me not because he was a passionate performer and not because of his jaw dropping dancing; but because he had an inner spark. There was something about him. He had self-belief and confidence in his artistry and was not afraid show it. Charismatically singing and dancing in a costume glistening with sparkles, Richardson’s magical stage presence showed without a shadow of doubt that the spotlight was on him and he was ready to shine!
This got me thinking about the importance of self-belief and confidence. Richardson’s years of hard work and dedication to his craft have paid off, but every person has the ability to ignite their inner spark. With perseverance, passion and integrity; anyone, young or old, is capable of accessing an inner knowing that they can achieve great things. In spite of this, many hide their talents, give up on themselves or shy away from taking centre stage, because they fear what others will think, or they don’t believe they deserve to get ahead in life. This fear often stems from childhood conditioning when our early belief systems are created.
This is why I think it’s vital for kids to be praised and encouraged to try their best at everything they do regardless of the end result. Just telling a child to never give up and believe in their dreams can help shape their belief system from the get go. By teaching a child how to positively talk to themselves about their achievements and setbacks, can make all the difference. No, I’m not talking about creating a nation where the kids grow up with over inflated egos because they have been told to believe they’re great at everything regardless. I’m talking about teaching kids the difference between giving up when things get tough or firmly standing up for their dreams; the difference between low and high self-esteem; between being hard on themselves or being kind and compassionate to themselves and others; and the difference between living a life of rigid fearful thinking or living a creatively fulfilled life.
“Be careful of how you are talking to yourself because you are listening.” – Lisa M. Hayes
Don’t get me wrong, this does not only apply to children. It’s just as important for adults to ignite inner spark especially if this was not encouraged during childhood. We can teach ourselves the principles above through positive self-talk, being honest and taking responsibility for our lives. After all, it’s never too late to start a new hobby; to change careers; to write that book you’ve always wanted to write; to go travelling; to raise money for a worthwhile cause; and so forth.
We only get to experience one lifetime, but the opportunities to ignite a person’s inner spark and passion for life can be plentiful.
Miss H ♥