The Awesome Factor

butterflyI’m really happy that “Awesome” hasn’t made the recent lists of overused words .

This morning, as I read a post on “Why Being Amazing is Not a Marketing Strategy“, I started thinking about “The Awesome Factor”.  Granted, awesome isn’t a strategy,  but  an amazing attitude sure is a game changer.

As I pondered the power of this factor, I was reminded of a viral post penned by Melissa Wardy and read by over half a million people within a few weeks last year. (That’s a viral experience we all dream of!)  Her words were inspired by her young daughter.  Read this and let “The Awesome Factor” rise up in you….

There was a time when you were five years old, and you woke up full of awesome.

You knew you were awesome.awesomechild_sm

You loved yourself.

You thought you were beautiful, even with missing teeth and messy hair and mismatched socks inside your grubby sneakers.

You loved your body, and the things it could do.

You thought you were strong.

You knew you were smart.

Do you still have it? The awesome.

Did someone take it from you? Did you let them? Did you hand it over, because someone told you weren’t beautiful enough, thin enough, smart enough, good enough? Why the heck would you listen to them? Did you consider they might be full of it?

Awesome is something you choose. Our kids do it naturally, they can’t help themselves. It is the choice to hold your face up to the world, knowing you are beautiful inside and out, and feel the light that shines out of you. Somewhere along the way, some people stop looking, stop choosing to be awesome. It doesn’t matter what your story is, if it is happy or painful…the time to be awesome is now.

Make that choice for yourself. Tell your demons to shut it. If you can’t remember feeling awesome, then make new memories. Start today. Start now.

Melissa used the attention generated from her blog post for an amazing cause and has the story along with the fund-raising T-shirts reading “Full of Awesome” on sale here.

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