Becoming Great

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One of the biggest “A-Ha” moments of my life came to me when I was sharing with a friend some deeply personal hurts. She said to me ” Pervis that may have been the facts of your situation, but that by no means is the truth of who you are.” I remember sitting in my pain and frustration and trying to understand what she meant.  She continued, “Wilma Rudolph was born with polio. That’s a fact. But the truth was she was an Olympic Champion.”

Think about it for a second.  How long have you and I been living our lives based on the facts and circumstances that have happened to us versus the truth of who we are?  Whenever I speak to a group of students or adults I always say, “It’s not what has happened to us that defines us, but what we choose to make happen that defines us.”  If in this moment you’re finding yourself living based on the facts and not the truth, it’s okay.  You can break that cycle by shifting your focus from what was to what can possibly be.

Begin to dream and step into your future.  Who would you be if everything had gone your way? Guess what? You can be that person.  When we live in the truth of who we are that’s when the magic really happens.  God, in his infinite wisdom often allows certain unfavorable things to happen to us. Not to harm us, but to build us up and position us for the life he has laid out for us.  It’s really a matter of switching gears in our mindsets from facts to truth.

As an exercise, I want you to think of a time that you believed something wasn’t possible based on the facts.  Then I want you to think about a time you overcame the facts with the truth.  Write down how that made you feel and explore that moment.  You’ll discover that if you can do it once, you surely can do it again.

Remember we have the ability to not only change our world, but the world as a whole….BE GREAT!!

Until Next Time,


Pervis Taylor, III is an Author, Life Coach, Speaker and Contributor. His books Pervis Principles Volume 1 and 2 are available exclusively on his website: He is the creator of the inspiration/life coaching mobile app, I-Inspire, available for IPhones, Ipad and Ipod Touch via: He resides in New York City. Follow him on Twitter @pervistaylor or Facebook


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