Stephen King wrote in his book "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft," "You can, you should, and if you're brave enough to start, you will." (emphasis added) He called this a "permission slip." Couple this with Ranier Maria Rilke's "Letters to a Young Poet" (which I talk about here) and the whole picture emerges: when faced with the questions of who we are and what we want to be, we need to harness our passion (Rilke's "I must"), couple it with the strength of our heart (courage), and not get in the way of our own potential.
Excuses become victories to overcome.
Obstacles become challenges to meet head-on.
Failures aren't disasters, but stepping stones.
That last one is important. I know so many people who are afraid to evolve, to try new things, to go new places, to meet new people because they fear the failures that may await outside of their comfort zone. That's an oppressive way to live -- and it's self-inflicted! There's such great freedom in detaching yourself from expectations (of failure or even success). It a beautiful blank canvas where anything can happen (Bob Ross: "We don't make mistakes: we have happy accidents").
#GoTheDist 2016's theme hopes to inspire and encourage the greatness that is within all of us.