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Silence the Crowd

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Did you indulge in last week’s Final Four madness? I‘ll admit, I’m definitely not a huge sports fanatic but when I heard Butler University made it to the Final Four I had to represent for my hometown of Indy. The competition was close but when it was all said and done the Butler Bulldogs pulled through.  At the end of the game they interviewed the young, calm 33-year-old Butler coach. One of the news correspondents asked him how he delt with the pressure of everyone coming out to watch both his and his team’s performance. He simply stated that he stayed focused and blocked everyone out.

The more I thought about his response the more it lingered with me. Our lives are similar to his response in many ways.  Sometimes, the best thing we can do for ourselves is silence the crowd. We all have an audience of people who are intently watching our every move daily. Some are fans who are cheering for us to hit the three point shot and the others are opponents waiting for you to lose the ball.  In both cases, there comes a time when we have to block it all out.

When you have a growing audience you can begin to feel unnecessary pressure on your life and goals.  Remember: your motivation and drive should come from inside you, not from fear of failure or an attempt to please everyone.

Take the time today to strip away all the unnecessary components to your goals. Doing so has the power to boost your drive and make your journey to the top considerably less stressful!

Miracles & Blessings,

Ellisa Oyewo

As a New York City storyteller, filmmaker, digital content creator, and PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.

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