Amy Dubois Barnett is an award-winning author, former editor-in-chief, current executive editor at ESPN, public speaker, mother, friend and one of my sheroes. Back in 2008, I read her book GET YOURS! The Girlfriends' Guide to Having Everything You Ever Dreamed of and More. At that time in my life, I swear, it was like she wrote that book directly TO AND FOR ME. It inspired me. I had a chance to meet her at a ColorComm Chicago event in 2013 and during our brief exchange I told her as much. She was so gracious and genuine and still motivational. She lives her life on her terms and nobody else's. I love that and it's what I strive for.
For today's Wordtacular Wednesday, I wanted to remind myself and any of you who could use this message. It's an excerpt from her book - Amy's seven "rules" for accomplishing your goals and Getting Yours:
"Embrace Fear as Growth. The more you challenge yourself and reach outside your comfort zone, the more you are growing as a person and becoming the woman you want to be. Open your mind to new ideas and your eyes to new sights. Believe that you can do anything.
Be True To Yourself. Never let anyone else tell you what to do, whom to hang out with, what to wear, how to think. You know yourself best; this is your life. Identify your passions, embrace who you are and get comfortable in your own skin.
Realize Your Value and Demand the Best. No one will treat you properly or give you the opportunities you seek unless they feel your confidence. Expect your dreams to become reality and they will!
Put Into the Universe What You Want to Get Back. Make people feel your positive energy. Be generous and loving. Try to help others be all they can be. Contribute to your community. Obnoxious, petty, greedy people will never feel as fulfilled as people who strive to make the world a better place.
Have Integrity. Do what you say you are going to do. It's as simple as that. Whether it's your friend, your brother, your boss, or your neighbor - make good on your commitments. Most important, keep your promises to yourself....
Stay Independent. Again, this is your life and no one can live it for you. Be your own woman - even as a wife, mother, girlfriend, daughter, friend. When you create the life you want, love and protect it as your most valuable asset. Don't let anyone convince you to give up something that makes you feel good in the guise of "taking care of you." Take care of yourself.
Do Something Meaningful Every Day. Your life is happening right now, as you read this. Yes, I want you to dream big and work toward your goals. But please remember that nothing is worth more than today. And this day will never happen again. Make it count."
- Amy Dubois Barnett