What’s Holding You Back?

David was an unlikely king. He was from a small town and the youngest brother of eight. He was a mere shepherd with no leadership experience. And he had a bad complexion to boot.

If he had been searching for a job, executive search firms would have passed him by. If he wanted to be a celebrity, the judges on American Idol would have sent him packing. If he were a wannabe author, publishers (like me) would have sent him a rejection letter.

Yet God sent the Prophet Samuel to anoint David as the King of Israel. Before the two of them met for the first time, God had to remind Samuel,

Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him [referring to Saul]. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

Despite having such a thin resume, David went on to become the most famous king of all time. It is a sobering reminder of the possibility of impossible things. This is often the way God works.

Even St. Paul reminds us,

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.” 1 Corinthians 1:27–29

This was all made new to me this week when Lindsey Nobles, my corporate communications director, sent me a link to the performance of Susan Boyle on “Britains Got Talent.” I encourage you to take a few minutes to watch it. (If you are viewing this via email or RSS, you may have to go to my blog to view the clip.)

Never heard of her? Neither had I. But I’ll bet you won’t soon forget her. I know I won’t.

She is not someone you would ever choose based on her outward appearance and circumstances. Middle-aged, shy, and frumpy, she looks like someone cast as a librarian in a forgettable movie. She is from a small town in Scotland, never been married, the youngest of nine, and cared for her widowed mother until she died two years ago—not exactly someone you would pick out of the crowd to be the next singing sensation.

It just proves once again that it is not about your background, your lack of experience, your age, your platform, or any of a hundred other stories you may have told yourself. The real question is whether or not you believe you have a contribution to make and the courage to confront the cynics.

Question: What about you? What can you learn from Susan’s performance? What’s holding you back?
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  • http://www.thelittlefluffycat.com thelittlefluffycat

    That quote from 1 Corinthians is one of my very favorites, has been since I was quite young and first read it, funnily enough, in Madeleine L'Engle's "A Wrinkle In Time". I think we forget, too often, that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, and that everyone around us is, too. I'm glad that Ms. Boyle came along this week to remind us, and I hope we take it to heart.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I'm glad she came along, too. It really moved me.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/gbrenna Graham Brenna

    This video has been circulating the interwebs for the last week or so. When i saw it for the first time I was immediately humbled. What a great resemblance to David. Thanks for making that connection for me! I knew there had to be something biblical that would relate to Susan's story… just couldn't place it.

    Have you seen the NBC show "Kings"? It puts "David" in today's society. I'm really sad that it'll likely be cancelled… it's been downgraded to Saturday nights. :(

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      No, I have never seen "Kings." It sounds interesting.

  • http://elainaavalos.blogspot.com Elaina Avalos

    Not only did I love her performance because she's an amazing singer but because she is following a dream. It was a tremendously uplifting moment and one that bolstered my own desire to follow mine. Thank you for the scripture references. Those too fit well with my journey at the moment.

    My mom sent me the link to this Op Ed in a British newspaper. It's an interesting read about virtue vs. outward appearance. It's a challenge to all those who rolled their eyes at her simply based on the way she looks.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I that Op Ed is fantastic. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Dennis

      Thank you so much for posting that link. The writer got a lot of things right about leading a normal life. Hooray for the quiet heros.

  • http://www.stevecurtin.com Steve

    Just began following your blog today. Another great post!
    Like you, I was moved by Ms. Boyle's performance. I watched it more than once and forwarded the YouTube link to my wife and we watched it together. I told her that I believed Horatio Alger-type stories never grow old. Most of us, if truth be told, are incredibly vulnerable to criticism and judgment by others.
    Ms. Boyle demonstrated that talent and competency, in the end, more than compensates for the lack of pedigree that society holds so dear.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I think this is going to be hugely viral.I can't recall a time in my life when people need inspiration and encouragement more than now.

  • http://tastinggod.wordpress.com Susan Ellingburg

    I've watched Susan's performance several times and it always brings tears to my eyes. To me, it's such an example of how God can do more than we ever imagine (Ephesians 3:20).

    Here was this woman with the longing to use the gift God gave her and sing for a large audience. Not only did she get to sing before a studio audience and the (relatively) small British TV audience, she's become an international phenomenon whose performance has touched people all over the world. That's "granting the desire of your heart" in a BIG way. Talk about a "wow"!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Agreed. TOTAL wow!

  • Diane Sirmans

    Just read 1 Corinthians 1:27–29 this morning while I was doing a study on Esther. Imagine all the things Esther thought she was "not" so that God could bring to nothing the things that are! Because she was "not", He was! The lesson was on trusting God unconditionally and not being obedient to our fears, which ultimately keep Him from moving forward in our lives. How freeing it is when we understand that in our weakness…He is strong! Our weakness is merely an invitation for His strength. Thank you for posting…

  • http://www.juliegillies.com Julie Gillies

    It's the video that's daring the world to dream, Michael, and I still tingle each time I watch it. I love how Susan proclaimed "I'm going to rock that audience!"

    I've watched in astonishment as God has blown open doors for me that in the natural seem completely unlikely..all because I have dared to dream, believed what God said, and stepped out in faith.

    The fulfillment of our God-given destiny is available to each and every one of us.

    "Blessed – happy, to be envied – is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of the things that were spoken to her from the Lord." Luke 1:45 (Amplified Bible)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I wonder if she had any idea she would be used to inspire so many. It gives me goose bumps!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/colleencoble colleencoble

    Great post, Mike, especially apt to compare her with David. I love how God looks on the heart!

    I am obsessed with Susan Boyle right now. I bet I've watched that video 15 -20 times. It was a reminder to me of the power of a dream and how God can take our talents and transform them into something wonderful. I'm working on a blog for tomorrow about her and can't stop thinking about this. I really identified with her because my first book was bought when I was almost Susan's age and I often feel just as "gobsmacked" as she said she is. LOL

    A verse that sustained me while seeking publication was "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." I suspect that sustained Susan as well. She is a wonderful example of patience and waiting on the Lord's timing.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for sharing your personal story, Colleen. Yours is also very inspiring!

  • Jenn

    Wow. I couldn't help but tear up at this performance. What a story and what an inspiration to all of us!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I did, too!

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  • http://Readscott.com Scott M.

    Incredible post. Best yet.

  • glenn

    Great post I was wondering how many people caught this. Good reminder… I would say that not only is it about dreams….but also about how many incredible people's gifts are discarded because they don't fit our stereotypes??

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Very good point, Glenn. Cynicism is so toxic. I wrote about it here a while back.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      So very, very true.

  • http://AmishHearts.com Barbara Cameron

    I love what Susan has taught us about pursuing a dream. Her voice, her humility, bring tears to my eyes each time I watch her and I've done so several times each day since the video came out. But what I love even more is the lesson the audience learned about judging someone. We never know what particular gift God has given each person on the planet or when it will be revealed.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I was reminded of how often I rush to judgment based on superficial things. It was a wake-up call for me, too.

  • http://true-small-caps.blogspot.com/ Derek

    Powerful post.

  • http://www.shessothere.com Sweetie

    Our ways are not His ways …..and the passion that fuels are dreams I believe are God inspired…and I am thankful for the privilege of sharing the experience of her dreams realized!

    God is good….of that I am sure!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Amen to that!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/danislinus DanisLinus

    I saw that clip this morning because she was on FoxNews and it reminded me of Paul Potts on the same show from a couple years ago. Both bring me to tears.


    BTW… his entire album is incredible and I'm hoping Susan wins this year.

    Thanks for connecting the dot to David…

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I saw this when it came out and had a similar reaction. He is awesome, too, for many of the same reasons.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Guy_Harris Guy_Harris


    I just found your blog to day via twitter (I am @recovengineer). Thanks for this post. Great thoughts. Great encouragement. I say this video yesterday as it made it's way through the web. Very inspiring.

    I really like your closing question: What about you? What can you learn from Susan’s performance? What’s holding you back?. I also like your comparison to David.

  • http://www.maclakeonline.com Mac Lake

    Inspirational!! Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.newgeneration.cc Joe Slaughter

    I've been privileged to know some vocal performers from the New York Met. Their voices had such quality that when I heard them sing, it had the same effect on me that this woman did – almost bringing me to tears.
    Bravo…Bravo…Bravo. And a standing ovation for her.
    And Michael, thanks for your encouragement to not let anything hold us back from expressing what God has put into our lives.

  • Matt

    Good post, but it is slightly annoying to see all the people in the audience who are 'wowed' by her performance and think 'how wrong was I to pre-judge her', thinking 'she's 1 in a million' – she's not!

    Everyone has something special about them, whether it matters to the masses (ie, singing a nice song well) or whether it is the thoughts and actions that they make a daily basis (making donations to a charity, helping people across the road, cooking cookies for kids, …).

    Unfortunately people don't realign their judgements when corrected, but rather see exceptions to a false rule that they have created in their heads. The outward appearance should be meaningless in ones judgement of a person (unless it is the sole purpose of the judgement, as in beauty contests, but their validity is also questionable …). But life will go on as before and Susan's talents are seen by the masses as an interesting sideshow. I hope she at least gives confidence to others to "break free".

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I think that is the value of her story. If she helps others to express their true gifts, she will have accomplished something significant.

  • http://cherylbarker.blogspot.com/ Cheryl Barker

    I had not seen this yet. Amazing, beautiful, so inspiring. Thanks for sharing it on your blog, Mike.

  • http://www.jasonclarke.net jasonclarke

    Matt, I couldn't agree more. I was shocked at how proudly the hosts proclaimed that people were laughing at her, like it was a reasonable thing to do. It's like somehow the people of the world have lost the ability to fathom that a plain looking person with a quirky personality could have a beautiful voice.

    If she had happened to be beautiful, would her singing have moved anyone? I doubt it. She's a fine singer, very good actually, but certainly not particularly noteworthy other than for the fact that her outward appearance doesn't match her voice. People that claim otherwise are deceiving themselves.

    Unfortunately, the whole thing comes off as exploitative on the parts of the producers of that show, which I suppose is their jobs. I hope this all turns out to be a true blessing in Susan's life, and that the empty feeling she's left with after the fickle internet voyeurs' attention moves on to something else isn't worse than what she had before.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I've heard a couple of interviews with her. She seems very grounded.

  • http://www.moonmonkeycoffeecompany.org Shannon La France

    The real question is whether or not you believe you have a contribution to make and the courage to confront the cynics…love this quote. thanks for connecting the dots to the word~! I'm guilty of judging her based on how she looked…and then she sang! tears of humility and amazement flowed down! thanks again

  • http://amysorrells.wordpress.com/2009/04/15/you-rock/ Amy Sorrells

    Love this one and the updated blog on cynicism. Love this one the best, though . . . kinda like mine on the same subject . . . and straight from the heart of an underdog . . . (@amysorrells) http://amysorrells.wordpress.com/2009/04/15/you-r

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I'm heading over to read it now.

  • Julie

    My parents were both hyper-excited for me to see the video of Susan Boyle and once I did, my mom asked me what I thought. I told her I was thoroughly angry. Sure, the woman can sing amazingly, but it irritates me to no end that everyone is going on about how well she can sing despite the fact that she's not that attractive. What does one have to do with the other?

    Yesterday evening I was reading your post through my feed reader (which did not include the video, so the Susan Boyle connection was not immediately obvious). After reading the verse from Samuel, I immediately stopped and read it to my mother. "See, this is what I'm talking about. People have been a******s for eternity. So irritating." Then I got a kick out of the fact that you were talking about Boyle. I laughed and thought so much for my cleverness but was quite pleased to have someone on my side in the matter. THEN I read the line "Middle-aged, shy, and frumpy, she looks like someone cast as a librarian…." Weren't we just talking about not judging David by his looks or occupation? I am librarian, and while I'm no supermodel, I'm not unattractive or frumpy or middle-aged, though I am sometimes shy. Who cares? As long as I come to work well-groomed and professional in appearance, my attractiveness or lack thereof should not be in my job description.

    I have been reading your blog for sometime now. I always enjoy your advice and especially appreciate your positive attitude. Unfortunately, this post disappointed me. My mother said to be sure to mention I'm not in your "amen corner" on this one. She assures me this will make sense to you.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for taking the time to write such a thoughtful response.

      I guess what I was trying to say (albeit in a clumsy way) was that "you can't judge a book by its cover."

      Thanks again.

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  • Teri D. Smith

    I've also watched Susan's video several times. What a wake-up call to all of us for judging folks by the outward appearance.

    Susan inspires me to do what Colleen Coble wrote as she autographed her latest book for me at the Christian Book Expo: "Dream big".

  • http://lynnrush.wordpress.com/ LynnRush

    Powerful post! What an inspiration. I was so sad how people received her as she walked on stage. Kinda broke my heart, you know? But, when she started belting out that tune, I thought my heart would burst right through my chest.

    It was amazing. If I had a tenth of her courage, who knows where I would be. It's a nice reminder to push forward.

  • http://www.subduedintrinsic.blogspot.com Amethyst Adams

    My youngest son, Ben is just short of eighteen months old and has had a 'beyond-his-years' appreciation for music since he could roll himself over to the nearest wall to pound his feet against to the tempo of whatever song I had playing. Just now I started the clip and Ben was happily watching PBS with his older brothers . . . until Miss Boyle began singing. At the sound of her voice, my tiny son toddled over to my desk, crawled into my lap, plopped his thumb in his mouth, his head to my chest, and watched the performance with all the solemnity of a prayerful saint. At the conclusion, he sat back up, face stretched in that beautiful baby smile, and clapped like a maniac.

    Ben wasn't surprised that voice came out of that body. Ben just appreciated being allowed to hear it.

  • http://www.teawithtiffany.com/2009/04/chicken-dreams.html Tea with Tiffany

    Thank you for the encouragement. Your timing could not be better.

    I know what's holding me back.

    I just blogged about this, confessing my Chicken Dreams…

    God bless,


  • http://www.thelittlefluffycat.com thelittlefluffycat

    I am reading "The Church of 80% Sincerity", by David Roche, and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to think more on this topic. Roche, whose face is disfigured, describes himself as being other people's shadow selves, externalized — saying basically that when we judge on appearance, we are really judging our own faults, the ones we know exist that others can't see.

    Accepting someone as beautiful when their outside might not be conventionally beautiful can help us understand that we can be beautiful (to each other, to ourselves, to God) even though our insides are flawed.

  • Dennis

    I am a 56 year old man who's returned to music school after 35 years of raising a family and working in electronics. I have been priviledged to have the students and staff at Indiana State treat me with respect and encouragement. This video though, touched real close to home. As we get older we sometimes have to re-asess ourselves and find out if we're pursueing that dream placed in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. If not then we have to recapture the courage we had as youths to find that "first love" that Christ placed within us. Susan Boyles act is an encouragement to do that, the perfect song for the perfect action, "I dreamed a dream". Interesting that her action is in keeping with the book, Les Miserable, about one who lived a life worth of Him who called him.

  • http://BuildingHisBody.com Anne Lang Bundy

    Like Susan, I just need the right opportunity. I'll ask, seek and knock for it. The Lord must give, reveal, and open the door.

  • http://writerinterrupted.com Gina

    What I've learned…you're never too old to follow you're dream, but without opportunity a dream can't be fulfilled. And to never give up looking for that opportunity and honing your skills for when it comes knocking.

  • http://endlesslyrestless.blogspot.com RestlessHutch

    Thanks for the post – for me the most interesting part of the Susan video was the comment from Amanda Holden – the judge – who had the good grace to acknowledge her initial prejudice. Of course the key will be whether Amanda and the rest of us learn to get to know someone before we have the temerity to even think about judging them!

  • Joel

    Thank you, Mike, for a great post.

    How inspiring. Great song, good story. The message here is aimed at anyone whose dream which once was a blazing fire is now more like smoldering embers.

    Unemployment has a way of affecting the core of a person, sometimes even their faith. It takes courage to face the world each day, believing in yourself, your abilities and God's providence. Whether its ministry, a professional private practice or as an associate in a large firm, many are the times we need the encouragement from the Word and others to keep the dream alive, the dream God's given as a desire of your heart.

    Thank you for reminding me "of the possibility of impossible things. This is often the way God works."

    Here's wishing you and the TN family God's continued blessings.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/evaulian EvaUlian

    Rather effective to link up David to Susan Boyle and highlight their previous state of anonymity, often forgotten, since I for one have an image of David as the Royal King.

    It chanced that Susan Boyle's performance was transmitted right here on Italian TV last night and as soon as I heard her voice ring clear through the room I turned with the pan in my hand and stood still to listen. There she was in seconds stepping out of a lifetime of obscurity to display that precious gift of her voice to the world.

    And yes, I do believe, it could happen to any of us who is the custodian of a gift- but it's not really up to us to say when.

  • http://www.sharonball.com Sharon Ball

    Susan's voice and her passion for pursuing her dream is an inspiration. The tendency is to discount someone when they're not what we expect, but every now and then someone like King David or Susan Boyle reminds us that it's what is within us that counts.

  • http://carryingdaily.blogspot.com Martin Richardson

    I think I'm in the same boat as David, being younger without experience people put on the forefront. I hold myself back when I think like the world, but God reminds me of the little things He's done in my life to prepare myself; much like David's job as a protector of sheep transferring over to the will of God. Thanks for such an inspiring post!

  • http://www.karenevans.blogspot.som Karen Evans

    Write your comment here… I love how a God given talent can stiffle the toughest critics.

  • http://wwwpenandpalette-susancushman.blogspot.com/ Susan Cushman

    Two important parts of Susan Boyles' story: her mother encouraged her to pursue a singing career. How impt it is for us to give our kids positive messages! Secondly, Susan wouldn't leave her mother's side to pursue her career until after her mother died. Unconditional love from mother to daughter. Faithful commitment from daughter to mother. And now, at age 47, she's finally "doing her thing." Go, Susan!

  • http://www.courageoussingleparenting.blogspot.com/ Scoti Domeij

    The first time I heard that song "I Dreamed a Dream" was at Les Miserable at the Pantages Theatre. It expressed all the pain I felt, the reconciliation that my heart desired, and the reality of my shame. Fantine's soulful song embodied my dreams.


    The other night a friend and I talked. What happened to our dreams, our callings? We talked about reclaiming the passion that God put in our hearts.

    After we hung up, we both received the link to "I Dreamed a Dream." Certainly, God's confirmation to both of us to remain faithful to our dreams, our calling, and our Lord.

    Here's the link to Susan Boyle singing Cry Me a River on a charity CD. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8r9lRJ6yHY

  • Dan

    Mr Hyatt

    Kindly take a look at this boy. He actually made tells the same story as Susan Boyle's. The boy is really mouth-gaping amazing.


  • Jenny Burr

    I love the fact that God looks at us from the inside rather than the outside. Thank you for telling us about Susan. What a remarkably, talented, and humble woman she is!

  • http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/ Ellen Weber

    Great talent displayed in this blog and yet I'd like to offer a small challenge. As we speak of Susan Boyle's offering, have we perpetuated (without meaning to) the same cynical words of her original judges when she sang for the contest?

    Just one question.

    If Susan were a valued sister or friend, and were about to read the words we each ascribed here to her delightful victory in music – would she see only care and respect for her humanity. That's a question I asked as I read and the challenge I offer to myself as well. What do you think?

    Go Susan go! You've inspired a needy world!

  • http://www.simplyholly.wordpress.com Holly Myers

    I have been blown away by all the articles etc that continue to push me to PURSUE my dreams. Ephesians 3:20 has taken on a whole new meaning to me! check out my blog on wordpress….http://www.simplyholly.wordpress.com

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  • http://www.dayleshockley.com Dayle

    The Susan Boyle story is certainly an inspiration, and I appreciate your views on not judging a book by its cover. I also agree with you when you wrote, "It just proves once again that it is not about your background, your lack of experience, your age, your platform, or any of a hundred other stories you may have told yourself."

    But let's not forget a key element in this story. Susan Boyle would still be obscure, had she not had the opportunity to audition for BGT. Not everyone is privileged to have such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. That's not saying one shouldn't continue striving and looking for open doors for their talents, but being at the right place, at the right time, plays a large part in success.

  • http://SydrycalWorks.com Sidney

    Not sure why but something about this story takes me back to
    the very popular show 'Mr. Ed". A horse that could talk. In my mind
    I keep hearing the horse screaming out "Wilbur, wilbur."

  • shannon

    Awesome message! Praise GOD! HE is good!

  • Scotty

    Love the Susan Boyle story. She was truly blessed with a gift! And the message of your blog IS my biggest hurdle. At 51 yrs old I am still afraid of failure. God has put so much of me back together, but this one area my head knows what's right ( I encourage others all the time!) , but truly down in my own bones, the fear is there.

  • Sean

    Michael, great blog. I have one contention – doesn't the bible state that David was good looking and had a "ruddy" appearance? That doesn't necessarily detract from your main point. but might be a misleading detail in building support for David's unlikely rise to success.

    Appreciate the time you take to blog/tweet/connect outside of your undoubtedly busy job.

  • http://twitter.com/RachelWojo @RachelWojo

    It is amazing to me that you should post this today. I'm working on a Bible study on "Outside the Zone." It's all about what happens when we allow God to use us OUTSIDE of our comfort zones. God definitely gives us certain talents to use for Him, but I believe He LOVES to use those that just simply step up to the plate in full trust the very most.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/ericcarroll ericcarroll

    I've been on the other side of this with a lesson I learned from my seven year old son. I posted about it here: http://ericcarroll.org/logs/on-judging-books-and-

    Thank you for writing what you do and making yourself accessible to others. It's a treat to read your blog (I learned about it only three weeks ago).
    My recent post On Judging Books and Children

  • http://www.swanrange.com Carol Buchanan

    King David later wrote, "By my God, I leap a wall." God can help us all over the walls, even of our own building.

  • http://twitter.com/katdish @katdish

    Susan Boyle has talent and courage, but I think if you delved into her history you would probably find that she didn't get there on her own. She was in the right place at the right time. A series of forturnate circumstances aligned that proved beneficial for her success. Not to take anything away from her, and I'm not trying to be cynical, but in order to achieve great success, you have to catch some breaks. Unfair, maybe. But I think that's reality.

    P. S. – Did you know that her cat is following me on twitter? @susanboylescat
    My recent post There's somone I'd like you to meet…

  • Chandra Hester

    Thank you for writing" what's holding you back" It was such a blessing! just what I needed. I had just prayed that God would do something with the dream in my heart, and then I watched Susan's tape. I have prayed for so long for God to do something with the dream in my heart and I was getting to the place where I felt I was not ever going to get there. Now I feel it will take a miracle, and I know God is good with miracles.
    Thank you .
    Chandra Hester

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  • Anonymous

    I think Marianne WIlliamson said it best:

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”

    • jb


  • Anonymous

    “”Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:6, 7

  • Beth McKamy

    I had seen that performance before, but watching it again still brought me to tears. It reminded me of something I read this week. That we should always see people through the eyes of God, and that includes how we see ourselves, our circumstances, and where we are in life. If we do that, there is no fear ! Thanks Michael!

  • http://twitter.com/AlmasiHealth Dr. Miriam Kinai

    It goes to show it is not what people say or what people see or what people think that determines our fate but rather it is what we say and what we think about ourselves and what we see when we stand in front of the mirror.

    We can see from how she confidently marched to her stage and sung that she did not see herself as a washed-outed 48 year old wannabe star. Instead she saw herself as a star regardless of what life had dealt that had kept her from the big stage for all those years. 

  • http://twitter.com/peramarv Marv Quianzon

    very inspiring :)

  • http://middletree.blogspot.com James Williams

    Great post, but I’m surprised you haven’t heard of Susan Boyle.  She had the #1 Cd a few months ago, and has enjoyed a lot of success since that clip above was first aired.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I actually wrote this post on April 16, 2009. (The date is at the bottom of the post.) Thanks.

  • http://joyfulmothering.net Christin

    I did see Susan when she first made her appearance. I find her fascinating, yet felt bad for her with all the media murmuring.
    “Oh she’s got a great voice, but did you see how she….” or “did you know she….”. I felt like they smeared her rather than applauding her.

    But, I guess that’s how it goes…David was hunted by Saul because of jealousy…turned out to be the perfect parallel, huh?

    Thank you for the encouragement, Mr. Hyatt. :)

  • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

    Fear and my past holds me back. This year I am taking steps of faith to return to study, move out of home, write songs, and begin a few musical projects that will stretch me further then I have ever been before. I am great at sabotaging myself. Call it lack of strong role models in my life. Whatever. I can put together a future through the things I have learned through the word and through blogs such as this.

  • Mjmackinnon

    You gotta check out “5 Smooth Stones” by Marc Brisebois.

    It’s an incredible book on leadership that studies

    the relationships in King David’s life…

    • http://theordainedbarista.com Barry Hill

      Someone else just recommended this book to me too. Guess I have to go get it now! ha.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Sounds like an interesting book. I’m adding it to my Read List.

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