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I was in the 2nd grade when my teacher looked at my school work and said to me, “You’ll never be anything more than average.” I went home at the end of the day and cried alone in my room. That statement really stung at 8 years old and it stuck with me for a very long time. I thought to myself: “Is that all I’ll ever be? Average?” For one reason, or another I allowed those words to defi ne me and “average” become my personal truth. I was an average kid, getting average grades, doing average things. Until…

I got tired of it. I auditioned for my dance studio’s competition team and didn’t make it. I realized the reason I didn’t make it was because I had gone into that audition with an “average dancer” mentality. Competition teams do not want average. Average does not win.

I was angry at myself. I wanted to be a part of that team. I knew inside that I was beyond good enough to compete, but I had my teacher’s voice in my head telling me I wasn’t good enough. No, I am good enough and I’m going to spend my entire life showing you how great I can be. I made that competition team the following year. Not only that, but I was chosen to be a soloist in my very first year.

I will show you how great I am. I decided from that day forward that I would not allow anyone to tell me who I was. I went on to take big risks, set high personal goals, and smash the heck out of them all.

You see, when you are in the face of criticism, you can allow it to define you and become your personal truth, or you can choose to use it as fuel for your spirit. Today, I challenge you to rise above anything that may be “average” and reach for the greatness that is alive in you!

Kyra Arnold
Colorado Karate Club

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