I feel like this quote was written for me!
I know that I started this site almost three months ago but i am still learning about myself. Sometimes I feel like the more I learn the more there is to learn. I am not really a resolutiony kind of person. In the past I have made resolutions only to be unsuccessful.
For 2015 I have decided that I will simply strive to be my best.
I love this quote! It reminds me that no matter how hard I work or how many great ideas I come up with, without the right mindset I will never accomplish anything.
If I expect myself to succeed than I will succeed. Whether it be dieting or exercising or strengthening my relationships, I first have to think those oh so powerful thoughts that tell me to put int he work because I expect to reap the benefits from all that I have sown.
I have been working really hard on my body lately. I have gone through stents of changing my habits before but I never found any lasting success. I realize that it is because what I expected was unrealistic. I have noticed changes in my physical body this time. Even though it has been less than four weeks and I don't see the pounds melting away, I feel better. I have more energy, I am stronger and my stamina has improved. The most important thing is that I haven't given up. In the past I would have given up after a week without seeing the scale move in the right direction. Now I am fueled by my thoughts. I am armed with fact that I expect to see the results in time. I will be even more excited and proud of myself for being patient and putting in the work and discipline necessary to transform my body.
Having the right mindset is often the difference between failure and success.
"I am the master of my fate and the captain of my destiny"
I first heard this quote long before I was really truly ready to digest it. I was twelve years old, trying to join a club at school. At the time, I put this quote in the same bucket as all of the other cliches I had been fed as a child; "the sky's the limit" and "if you believe it, you can achieve it".
Don't get me wrong, these are great quotes. But there is something empowering about the quote by Nelson Mandela. Maybe it is the use of the word "captain". It tells me that I am in control of my future. What happens to me is a direct result of the decisions I make.
At this point in my life, I really found this quote helpful. As a wife and mother I have certain obligations. As an employee I have certain obligations. When I began this journey I was feeling trapped by my life and the obligations that come along with the roles that I have chosen. Now I have a very different perspective on my life. Yes, I still have obligations but this is the life I have made for myself. I love my husband and children so I also embrace the things that I have to do for them. I love certain aspects of my job so I also embrace the parts that are more like work.
The fact is that my life has not always been this way and it will not stay this way forever. I am in control of the changes I make in my life and I like that.
I took this quote from a tweet by Chalene Johnson.
"Be purposeful in your days. You want to be able to look back and know that you made the most of them!"
Our time is so limited. It is important to me that I don't go around making regrets. I would rather make memories. I don't want to look back on my life and say, "I wish I had..." I want to look back and say, "I'm glad I tried..."
Someone shared this on my Facebook page along with a quote that read:
Today I do a mental housecleaning, making room for new, positive thoughts.
Thank you Luke Rivera!
So many of us have a head full of negativity. How can we possibly be better and make positive changes?
I know that I had to retrain my brain. I had to actively make the choice between thinking the negative thought and thinking the positive thought. Every time. It was not easy, but once I got started I noticed a fairly quick change.
I'm not saying that I'm perfect and that I only see the world as half full. But I am able to see the silver linings to many more dark clouds than I ever could before.
I'm so happy to share this quote with you!
"A goal without a deadline is just a dream.” – Robert Herjavec
I know that I'm currently in a place where I'm not quite ready to set any major goals. I still have a lot to learn about myself and what I am passionate about.
However, I know that some of you are already at the point where you know exactly what you want out of like and you know what your next step should be. This quote is for you.
A timeline for your goals is so important. Setting a realistic goal will help you to balance your drive and your energy. Being realistic about how long it will take you to accomplish your goal will help keep you from getting burned out trying to get it all done at once. Just like the Tortoise and the Hare, slow and steady wins the race.
I prefer the term timeline as opposed to deadline. Why? Because a deadline to mean means the end. While a timeline suggests a carefully laid out plan. I think that we will be more successful if we have a timeline than a deadline.
So my son recently shared this quote with me and it got me to thinking about the concepts of time and money.
"I spend money because spending time is hopeless"
While I don't agree with this quote at all, I will say that it definitely got my wheels turning. We do spend both time and money but it is much harder to make time than it is to make money.
Have you ever heard the saying, "Your days are numbered"? Well, it's true there is a very limited amount of time in each of our lifetimes. A lot of our time is obligated whether we like it or not. We have to spend time eating, sleeping, you get the idea.
I know that I've been living in a way that has led me to believe that I have little to no time for myself. But it's not true. I have far more control over my time than I previously thought.
Over the past couple months I have learned to manage my time better. I've also looked at how much time I have wasted on things that don't bring any meaning or value to my life. Wasting time on watching tv and movies is a bad habit that I am proud to say I have broken!
I've learned that my time is so precious because it is truly very limited. Money can be lost and found, but once time is lost it is lost forever.
When I first started this site, my mom called me to tell me how proud she was. While we were talking she shared a quote she had heard watching TD Jakes. He said something like it is frustrating when you are only doing 40 miles per hour when you were built to do 100.
I know I didn't get the quote right but I got the gist of it. It is so important that we realize our potential. We will never be as happy as we were meant to be if we don't.