Run Or Learn – Monday Motivation

 

Run Or Learn

What happens if you don’t get the job you were going for? Do you stop applying altogether and resign yourself to a jobless life?

 

What about if your forever partner breaks it off? Do you decide the best course of action is to hole yourself up all alone in a cabin in the woods forever?

 

Or if you fail the last exam before your degree? Do you walk away and leave the degree unfinished?

 

Never let your past determine your future

Hopefully you did not decide on a jobless/loveless/degreeless life and realized the only way what happened in the past can stop you from achieving your future, is if you let it.

 

Of course it’s heartbreaking when things don’t work out the way you want and sometimes it feels like they never will, but as Rafiki says, you always have a choice. “You can either run from it, or learn from it.”

 

Choose to learn. Make the world your kingdom!

The Future Has Not Been Written

The Future Has Not Been Written

 

Future you

Who is that approaching you through the mist? There’s something familiar about them. They remind you of – you! Because they are you come from the future to talk to you about their past.

 

What do you want your future self to say to you?

 

Why didn’t you try harder?

 

I wasted so many years trying to please others when I knew all along what was right!

 

I wish you had realized how competent you were.

 

You should have spoken up more.

 

Or:

 

I am so glad you took that chance meeting up with X

 

I was nervous when you approached the president of the company with that wild idea of yours, but it turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to you.

 

It was hard taking that test for the third time, but if you hadn’t done it, I never would have made it this far.

 

Present you

One day you will be your future self. Imagine the things you want to be able to say to you. What you do today will determine what you will say to yourself ten, fifteen, twenty years from now. Your life has been written thus far. What are the rest of the pages going to say?

Don’t Give Your Power Away

Don’t Give Your Power Away

 

As one of eight children in an incredibly poor family, who on Earth would have thought that Alice Walker had any power at all?

 

Circumstances do not determine the person

Alice Walker did. She realized her circumstances did not determine the person she was or the person she could be.

 

Already set on the right path by parents who made sure she could go to school during a time when most black kids were expected to stay home and work in the fields at a young age, Alice understood other people could not determine the course of her life.

 

If Alice believed she didn’t have the power to do anything other than work the land she would never have worked hard enough in high school to earn a full scholarship to college.

 

Recognize your personal power

If she didn’t believe what she had was worthwhile enough to share with others she never would have written the Pulitzer Prize winning The Color Purple.

 

Coming from nothing to a full life of everything, Alice Walker is living proof that each of us has a well of power inside us. It’s our job to tap it!

Normal or Amazing?

maya

 

Sometimes while we’re trying to get into the job market, we feel like we need to be like everyone else. Wear the right clothes, say the right things, think the right thoughts, so we’ll be accepted by the powers that be.

 

Make a good impression, not the same impression

 

Although it’s important to make a good impression to be liked and appreciated by others, you certainly don’t have to make the same impression as everyone else.

 

You bring unique thoughts, insights and ideas to the table. It’s important to build up your confidence to the level where you feel comfortable sharing them. The more you believe in yourself, the more others will believe in you.

 

Create your own box

You shouldn’t feel like you have to live in the same box as everyone else in order to get ahead. People don’t make an impression on others by being just like everyone else. They make an impression by being themselves.

 

Remember, every time there’s a bright new idea out there, that becomes the bright new thing everyone wants to talk and think about. Instead of focusing on what everyone else is doing, think about that bright new thing you can do.

Make The Best Cup

Make The Best Cup

Whether you’re at the very bottom rung on the ladder to your goals or near the top, there is a single thing you need to do everyday, and that is your absolute best.

Doing your best inspires you to respect and believe in the person you are. It changes the way others look at you, it makes them more inclined to trust you with more responsibility or more money.

It spares you from regret about days past and self-recriminating thoughts. It moves you forward and keeps your thoughts about yourself and what you’re doing positive.

At the beginning of the day you are the one you need to answer to about how you’re going to spend the precious upcoming hours. At the end of the day it’s back to you. Yes there are people you report to, people how have power to promote or demote you, people who will like or dislike you and what you do, but ultimately the most important opinion is the one you have of yourself, because that’s the cue others are going to follow.

Playing people as diverse as anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, to human rights activist Malcolm X to boxer, to a drunk airline pilot, and just about everything in between, Denzel Washington has made a career of doing his best while following his own internal compass. Three Golden Globes, two Academy Awards and a Tony award later, it’s obvious others agree, when Denzel makes a cup, it’s the best cup he can possibly make.

Doing your best inspires you to respect and believe in the person you are. It changes the way others look at you, it makes them more inclined to trust you with more responsibility or more money.

It spares you from regret about days past and self-recriminating thoughts. It moves you forward and keeps your thoughts about yourself and what you’re doing positive.

At the beginning of the day you are the one you need to answer to about how you’re going to spend the precious upcoming hours. At the end of the day it’s back to you. Yes there are people you report to, people how have power to promote or demote you, people who will like or dislike you and what you do, but ultimately the most important opinion is the one you have of yourself, because that’s the cue others are going to follow.

Playing people as diverse as anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, to human rights activist Malcolm X to boxer, to a drunk airline pilot, and just about everything in between, Denzel Washington has made a career of doing his best while following his own internal compass. Three Golden Globes, two Academy Awards and a Tony award later, it’s obvious others agree, when Denzel makes a cup, it’s the best cup he can possibly make.

I’m Ready!

i'm ready

You’ve got your job. You’ve got your family and your social life. Maybe you’ve also got big goals on the backburner, things you dream about doing.

How do you approach those different aspects of your life? Are you more excited about new projects than the ones you do everyday. Do you put things off? Do you get the things you like best off your plate first?

You might be more enthusiastic about some things than others, but chances are you don’t stray too far from your median level of enthusiasm. Imagine how much you could accomplish, how enthusiastic you would be about just about everything, if you approached life like SpongeBob!

Things you normally dread: “I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.”

Things you’ve done a thousand times before: “I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.”

People you’ve been meaning to get in contact with: “I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.”

Projects you’ve always wanted to get a handle on: “I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.”

If you’re ready, ready, ready for everything then you get the things you’re not thrilled with out of the way. You make mental and physical space for the things you really do want to do in your life. You create the relationships you want.

Ready?

You’re Braver Than You Think

winnie the pooh

Sometimes when we’re worried or things aren’t going the way we hope we lose track of just how strong we can be.

Like when Pooh worries about a time when he and Christopher Robin will be apart, Christopher Robin reminds him, “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”

Whether we’re nine, nineteen or ninety nine, each and every one of us should keep those words of wisdom somewhere in our back pocket to pull out and remember during times when we forget just how strong, resourceful and full of potential we truly are.

It’s my birthday today, and I’m going to make a point of remembering!