Today I have a 13 hour day. I have lots of life and work admin. It’s a definite first world problem and I was feeling a little overwhelmed. Well after doing most of what I needed to I feel invigorated. It has led me to want to help inspire action into you today. One of these may resonate or all of them. Enjoy!
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“I was 13 years old, trying to teach my 6-year-old sister how to dive into a swimming pool from the side of the pool. It was taking quite a while as my sister was really nervous about it. We were at a big, public pool, and nearby there was a woman, about 75 years old, slowly swimming laps. Occasionally she would stop and watch us. Finally she swam over to us just when I was really putting the pressure on, trying to get my sister to try the dive, and my sister was shouting, “but I’m afraid!! I’m so afraid!!” The old woman looked at my sister, raised her fist defiantly in the air and said, “So be afraid! And then do it anyway!” That was 35 years ago and I have never forgotten it. It was a revelation — it’s not about being unafraid. It’s about being afraid and doing it anyway.”
We are all afraid at many points in our lives. Being afraid doesn’t mean you are not brave. Being brave is accepting that fear and going head first. If you are scared of walking into a gym I know a lot of people who definitely said that to me. It no longer is for them. Be afraid and DO IT ANYWAY!
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“I met a person who was in a wheelchair. He related a story about how a person once asked if it was difficult to be confined to a wheelchair. He responded, “I’m not confined to my wheelchair – I am liberated by it. If it wasn’t for my wheelchair, I would be bed-bound and never able to leave my room or house. ” ”
PERSPECTIVE. My clients who have experience the most trauma in their lives often have the greatest perspective. Why? They changed the way they think about life. Anyone can do this. You can do this!
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When I was 38 I contemplated beginning a two-year Associates Degree in Radiography. I was talking to a friend and had almost talked myself out of doing it. I said “I’m too old to start that. I’ll be 40 when I get my degree.” My friend said “If you don’t do it, you’ll still be 40, but without the degree.” I’m nearly 60 now, and that degree has been the difference between making a decent living, and struggling to get by.
Being “OLD” is no excuse. Keep your brain young and always give a new experience a try.
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Think of a time you were embarrassed, easy right? Now think of a time someone else was embarrassed. It’s a lot harder to do isn’t it? I don’t really worry about being embarrassed anymore because chances are no one will remember it!
What does being embarrassed actually mean? How will it affect you? How will it affect the people around you? Can’t think of anything. Time to move on!
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Next year, you’ll wish you had started today.
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“You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm”.
Don’t give too much without making sure you have what you require for growth.
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“Education is expensive, but no education is more expensive”. Talk to that trainer, nutritionist, coach, physiotherapist, friend, ANYONE!
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‘Your job will never love you. Why are you so emotionally invested in it?”
So many people I know give everything to their work. Is your job more important than you? If you can’t do the things you need and love WHY are you working in that job. What are you getting out of it?
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“There is no harder, only hard.” Stop comparing your life with others. Everyone will eventually have something that is the hardest thing for them to get over in their life and it’s different for everyone.
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“We’re all tired, we all just want to sit on our couch in front of our TV’s. But that’s not living.” No more needs to be said
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“I was having a bad day one time and being all “Why me?” when a coworker said “Why not you?”. I had never thought about it before, but it was a good point. So I shut up and got over it.” You have control over most of your problems. Go and change something if you are unhappy.