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Your Success Is Already Guaranteed

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I was in the 5th grade the first year I tried out for cheerleading. I didn’t really know what it was but a lot of the girls in my elementary school had been cheering since they were in 1st grade. I think try-outs took place over a week. I remember learning a cheer, chant and jumps. On the last day we had to perform in front of all of the parents and other cheerleaders.

I wasn’t as good as the other girls. Each night after the clinic I would go home and practice. My mom would comment on how my jumps were low, that she couldn’t hear me and I kept looking at the ground. She thought I was ignoring her but I wasn’t. So when I went out on the floor I picked my head up, made my voice as loud as I could and jumped up the best that I knew how.

Following the try-outs a list of the girls and what team they made was put up on the wall. I thought I was nervous during the try-out, but standing in the line I could feel my heart in my throat beating very very hard. I got up to the paper searching for my name and there it was. I made the team. I almost lost my mind with excited. And then … a girl said “I can’t believe she made it”.

That voice echoed in my head for months. Not in a negative way, but as a motivator. Each day I would push myself, to show my teammate who had made the comment, that I was meant to be on the team. I never gave up no matter what. If my toes weren’t pointed at practice, I’d go home and sit in a straddle and practice holding them in the pointed direction for 20 seconds on and off. If my jumps weren’t high enough, I’d practice them for hours. If I didn’t know the words or motions I’d ask someone for help. But I refused to fail.

 Whether it’s a new team, program or position, at this very moment you may not feel a hundred percent comfortable where you're at. Things are done a little different, but sometimes different can be good. You belong on this team and at your position. How should you know that, the try-out judges saw something in you that they felt the team needed. It may have been your performance and that big beautiful smile of yours. It may have been your jumps, the rotation of your hips, and how you whipped your legs up with pointed toes. Or it may have been your encouragement and support to others. Whatever it was the coaching staff felt you were the perfect cheerleader to fill the position. So stop doubting yourself. You were hand picked by your coaches, who recognized the masterpiece that you were created to be. Now it is your turn to step into your awesomeness and do the wonderful things that have been planned for you to do so long ago.

Whether it’s a new team, program or position, at this very moment you may not feel a hundred percent comfortable where you're at. Things are done a little different, but sometimes different can be good. You belong on this team and at your position. How should you know that, the try-out judges saw something in you that they felt the team needed. It may have been your performance and that big beautiful smile of yours. It may have been your jumps, the rotation of your hips, and how you whipped your legs up with pointed toes. Or it may have been your encouragement and support to others. Whatever it was the coaching staff felt you were the perfect cheerleader to fill the position. So stop doubting yourself. You were hand picked by your coaches, who recognized the masterpiece that you were created to be. Now it is your turn to step into your awesomeness and do the wonderful things that have been planned for you to do so long ago.