Cheerleader

Definition of cheerleader
noun cheer·lead·er \ˈchir-ˌlē-dər\

: a person who is a member of a group (typically a group of young women) who shout out special songs or chants to encourage the team and entertain the crowd during a game in sports like American football and basketball

: a person who encourages other people to do or support something

On my  page About page I express one of my passions: “I am passionate about the potential I see in others.……. I want to help them get there.  I want to bring hope to others.”

I never was “cheerleader” material.  Too shy, too quiet, too terrified, and no confidence or desire to do things outside the norm for me.  As I matured along life’s path I developed more confidence.  I started doing things that were out of the norm for me.  I took on a “why not” kind of attitude.  What have I got to lose?  Some things were harder than I thought and still cringe at what I went through to achieve something.  But I did come out knowing I could do anything I put my mind to.

I had a few cheerleaders along the way.  Here and there a good friend came alongside to say “You can do it!“.  My husband is my biggest cheerleader and I can think of a few dear friends who have remained faithful to me and my crazy ideas over the years.  I am totally thankful for their encouragement to me.

You see, the thing in my life that I am the most passionate about is also the biggest hindrance to me.  The fear of not achieving what I desire or what I know I can do is always jumping up in my face and thoughts.  That lack of confidence is always rearing it’s ugly head and telling me lies.  The beast will succeed if I let him.  If I give in to the lies he is telling me and start believing them 100% he wins.  It happens to all of us.  The choice lies within us.  Don’t listen.  Don’t give him an ounce of room to dwell there.

I don’t always know how to accomplish my goals or yours.  But I do know that I can see the end result.  I can see my dreams and desires are very real.  I can see the potential in others to accomplish what they desire and what God has made them to be – even if they don’t see it yet.  And I do know that I can be a cheerleader for you and for myself.  You can do it.  I can do it. We just have to at least try…….

Enjoy!

cate b

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17 thoughts on “Cheerleader

  1. another good one…you def have a way with words and a heart for others…
    keep it up, you’re a great cheerleader for others and we’ll cheer you on too!! you’re def on your way to greater things 😉

  2. Yes, we have to be our own cheerleader – but we have to have the support of others – our cheerleaders … Yes – we have to be our own cheerleader – but if we don’t reciprocate to others, we’re selfish. …. nice song!

  3. Cate, we so need cheerleaders in our lives. Those who encourage, inspire and uplift. A former pastor of mine used to say there are two types of people: basement people and balcony people. Basement people don’t come out into the light. All they see is darkness. They live from fear. They are discouragers. Balcony people have a wider point of view. They see the big picture. They live from love. They stand up, applaud and cheer you on.

    Not only do we need to surround ourselves with balcony people – we need to be balcony people.

  4. Great Cate– we do all need those cheerleaders– and to remember to do a lot of cheerleading ourselves– thanks for the reminder. wonderful post.
    P.S.– I can’t think of you being too shy!!

      1. Well, I know what you mean– I’m pretty introverted too (just give me a sofa and a book!)– and raised a family of the same. I do love people–just need breaks now and then.

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