Believe You Were Purposed for It All


Recently I took a moment and read over the previous article in the Seeking Purpose, Living Dreams series and I became curious as to how many readers actually “Believe you were purposed for it all?” How many readers retained a held belief with regards to the various purposes they were designed for? Then I turned the tables and did a little introspection and refl ection. Was I living in alignment with my held belief? Did I truly believe I am purposed for all that life has presented to me thus far?

With those thoughts in mind I would like to share a childhood story with you…

Picture this! I was about seven or eight years old and my elementary school class was slated to perform a musical selection during a school program. For reasons I cannot explain, I was selected for a solo during the performance, which honestly remains a mystery to me. Mainly because, let’s just say…I couldn’t sing! At least not well enough to deserve a solo in front of a packed audience.

For weeks I would practice my performance with the class and while at home in the front of the mirror. Hair brushes, combs, and even my Barbie Doll’s head became makeshift microphones. I repeatedly visualized the stage, my class, and the audience. Childlike fearlessness trumped any nerves that attempted to rear its ugly head. In retrospect, I was like an athlete preparing for a finale.

Finally the big evening arrived and it was show time. My mom pressed and ironed my performance dress using the stiffest spray starch available at the time. She adorned my pigtails with just about every hair bow she could fi ne. And let me not forget about the moisturizer with a hit of petroleum jelly she used to ensure my face held a heavenly glow from the stage. No performance would be the same without it.

I joined my class at center stage. The curtains opened and the auditorium was fi lled with families of supporters as far as my little eyes could see. Then I heard a calling… Better known as the melody to the “Greatest Love of All”, by Ms. Whitney Houston. Before I knew it I was belting out these words:

“I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside, give them a sense of pride to make it easier, let the children’s laughter remind us how we use to be. I decided long ago never to walk in anyone’s shadows. If I fail, if I succeed at least I’ll live as I believe…”

Back then I had no clue of the power of spoken words, or in this case, the sung words. I was given a set of instructions, prepared for the big day, received assistance from my support system, and showed up to do what I was asked to do. Unbeknownst to me, I was speaking life and purpose to myself as well as those under the sound of my voice. When I think of the irony of that performance, I am truly in awe of its symbolism. Then I think to myself, “You were purposed for it all.”

I’m positive that if you reminisce on the days of old you too will discover that “You were purposed for it all.” You were purposed to show up in the world and perform as only you can. While our stages and phases may differ, the fact that we all were uniquely engineered with purpose on purpose remains the same.

It is up to us to embrace everything that life has to offer. To do so, I encourage you to be a bold dreamer, rely on the power of visualization, move toward you predominant thoughts and life possibilities, purposely connect the dots of life, and lastly “Believe You were purposed for it all.”

In keeping with the words of the late Ms. Houston… You have everything you need within to succeed and live as “you” believe. When doubt and fear creep in go back to the laughter of the little girl within you and remind yourself how you use to be. I’m rooting for you!

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Shaniqua Cousins
Shaniqua Cousins is an entrepreneur, author, leader and inspirational speaker. She served in the United States Navy from 1997 - 2006 and continues to serve her country as a proud member of the Federal Civilian Service. As in her military career, Shaniqua has quickly become a respected leader, outstanding manager, and mentor. Shaniqua speaks on purposeful living, enjoying life, goal achievement and self-improvement and has self-published and authored Life, Experiences, Preparation, and Purpose; Co-Authored My Name is Mommy, Stories of Motherhood and the Lessons it Taught; Founded Shaniqua Cousins World Group LLC; created the website and Letters To My Daughter: Moments Captured, Bonds Sealed, Designer stationary gift box collection; launched an international Newsletter, Seek Purpose Live Dreams and produces and hosts the international Seek Purpose, Live Dreams TV web series, airing regularly on Social Media Platforms. Shaniqua has been interviewed by both television and radio personalities across the country, allowing her to share her message of purposeful living to thousands. Visit for more information.


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