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Even though I am 22, I can honestly say I’m not the biggest Taylor Swift fan on the planet, however, when you have a 9 year old sister, you can’t help but hear Miss Swift quoted day after day. In fact, I’ve often found myself applying some of her song titles to certain situations. For example, I’ve been in an Ag Mechanics Shop and seen “Sparks Fly” and in my opinion, there are many politicians in Washington who “Should’ve Said No” on many different bills, but that’s for another day 🙂

But there was one particular time this month when one of Taylor Swift’s song titles became more real to me than ever before. You see, a few weeks ago I met my family in Branson, MO for a quick weekend vacation. It was a blast and after 5 years, it was well overdue. The 1st day we arrived in Branson, we settled into our hotel room, and like a fish out of water, my little sister immediately grabbed me and went after the Swimming Pool.

As soon as we got there, my sister got in the shallow side and was content in staying there. While she was there, I ran and jumped into the deep end of the pool. She was Ecstatic to see my big splash and yelled out a big, “Wow!!” She then hopped on the edge, ran and jumped into the shallow end, and made a big splash of her own. She loved it!! She continued to jump into same spot in the pool time after time. However, I could see in her eyes, that she craved to do something more. I asked her if she wanted to an even bigger splash, an Emphatic “Yes!!”, she replied. “Okay,” I replied, “then come jump in the deep section, I’ll be there to catch you.” As soon as I said this, her enthusiasm went from high to low, she then hung her head, and responded in a quiet voice saying, “No, I don’t think I can do that Brandon. I’ve never been down there before.”

I told her she could make the jump if she wanted to and assured her that I’d be there to make sure she was safe. After I said this, she got out of the pool and walked over to the Deep End and looked down. She said, “Ok Brandon, I’m going to jump.” She then counted to 2, stepped back, and said, “I think I’m going to go back to the shallow end.” Again and again, she would go to the deep end to jump and never would do it. Finally, I said, “Sister, you can make the jump, you just gotta believe in yourself.”
“Okay,” she said. She then sat down, thought for awhile, and before I know it, she gets up, takes a deep breath, closes her eyes, begins to run, and JUMPS INTO THE DEEP!
She emerged her head up from the water, gasped her breath, and was so excited! I was so Proud! She got back up and started jumping over and over again into the deep section. You couldn’t stop her and all of a sudden Taylor Swift’s song “Fearless” popped into my head. Because that day my sister had proved that she was Bigger then Her Fear, and became every bit of the word-Fearless.

This remarkable story reveals to me a common denominator in the nature of every person. The fact is we all have things in our lives that we consider as Obstacles, Fear Factors, things that are holding us back from where we need to be. Many of us are swimming in the Shallow, when we should be Diving in the Deep. We may think we are in over our heads, but we are only as in over heads as much as allow our heads to be under water. We have choice: to Live with Fear or Live Fearlessly. The question is, how will we live? Your Life is Bigger then Your Fear and it’s time to show this world the Love in Our Hearts rather than the Fighting that Derives From Our Fear.
Whenever I’m speaking, I commonly hear that many of us are afraid to do something because we’ve never done it before. And its perfectly normal to be afraid of the unknown, we’ve all experienced Fear in some point in our lives, but don’t let that stop you from Fearlessly Impacting Your School, Business, and World. There is a Thrill in Living Fearlessly because it requires us to be UnCommon in our Actions. Fearless Leaders will stand out because it Breaks the Social Barriers in a Fear-Filled World.

When I saw my sister take that jump, she displayed a characteristic that has sadly become a rare trait in our world and that is Courage. Do you want to know the cure to drastically changing our world for the better? It starts by being Courageous. It starts by Being Vigilant. It Starts by Being Fearless. It’s going against the odds, and despite precedence, doing the thing that’s never been done before. It time to Stand Up and Start Something Positive, Uplifting, and Live-Changing.
If there is no Standard, then Be the Standard.
If there is no Dream, then Be the Dreamer.
If there is no Tradition, Then Start the Tradition.
It’s time to be Bold and Inspire Courage.
It’s time to be Brave and Let Nothing Hold You Back.
It’s time to be Fearless by Leaving the Solace of the Shallow to Make a Difference in the Deep!
Choose to Live Fearless. 🙂

“Be strong and Courageous, do not Fear.., for the LORD your God is the One who goes with you.” -Deuteronomy 31:6

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Brandon Baumgarten

Brandon Baumgarten grew up in the small town of Oilton, Oklahoma and was elected to serve the Oklahoma FFA Association as State Secretary, State President, and as a National Officer Candidate representing nearly 25,000 students on the local, state, and national levels from 2011-2013. Afterwards, Brandon launched his speaking career and authored the highly sought after leadership book, Caught Up & Called Out, hoping to help others see the impact they can make on this world. He is a professional speaker, speaking at over 100 different events each year, and a graduate from Oklahoma State University in Agricultural Leadership, and was even named a top 10 student. He is a Zig Ziglar Legacy & Youth Certified Presenter and his message is always to engage, encourage, and empower you to do something big in your life! No matter if you are a student, teacher, parent, or business executive, Brandon's presentations are certain to make you laugh, think, and realize your impact is about to begin!

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