In order to be there effectively and efficiently for others, you must glitter yourself with some love each and every day…..A timeless lesson.
Getting the right amount and quality of foods, rest, and physical activity throughout your day and week are not fads. Adequate rest, meal planning, and physical activity must be a lifestyle. Self-control, perseverance, and time management are not only for a particular portion of our life (job, artistry such as drawing, singing, parenthood, etc) or when a certain event will take place (trip to The Bahamas, or in my case, a trip to Las Vegas) or when you turn a certain age. Self-control, perseverance, and time management must be what we embody regardless of life circumstances. Who we are is reflected in what we say and do.
As a coach/mentor/nurse, if I am going to encourage self-awareness, self-control, perseverance, and time management, I must do my best to embody these behaviors.
We all fall short, at some point in our lives, in perfecting discipline and consistent behaviors, yet it is not about quitting; we must push forward. It is not about blaming yourself or others; it is more about learning and developing better strategies to achieve our goals.
Let’s review some quotes from Napoleon Hill, one of the great authors during the Depression Era, who published Think & Grow Rich in 1937.
” Remember, too, that all who succeed in life get off to a bad start, and pass through many heartbreaking struggles before they arrive. The turning point in the lives of those who succeed usually comes at some moment of crisis, through which they are introduced to their “other selves.” Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich.
“Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do. More than five hundred of the most successful men this country ever known told the author their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them.”
We have different scenarios, yet, the same philosophy applies. Do not give up on yourself. Keep moving forward.
Heal within.. within yourself, within families, communities, states, countries and nations. There is enough to go around.
Set the stage. Own your life. Be present. We are phenomenally put together..breathing, moving form of creation.
“The greatest story every (any)one can tell is the story of their life. Just don’t let the climax of your story be unrealized dreams.”
― Unarine Ramaru
My biggest fear is that at 80 years of age, when I look back on my life, I will regret that I did not follow my passion and this nagging desire in my heart to live my best life. I have seen so many talented individuals (i.e. able to draw anything and everything with so much precision and detail), and wonder why they were not furthering their education and developing their talent.
It is the realization that one can die (and many have) without fully expressing and sharing his or her God-given talents, skills, abilities, and experiences.
No matter what you have been told or the negative thoughts you have allowed to consume you, you can live your dreams. We need to stop asking why I do not have this or that (thin body, high IQ, ability to type, celebrity friends, and others) to make my dreams come true. We need to, in other words, stop making excuses and start living. Baby steps can lead to more confidence and bigger steps to reach your goals.
I have found that once I decide to do something, doors start opening. Solutions to perceived problems come. Opportunities are available. We must believe that we can do whatever it is that has been put on our heart to do…that thing that you keep going back to…that you keep thinking about. You are thinking about it for a reason (getting chills as I write this).
We must be decisive.
We are all here for a reason.
What have you got to lose? Life is for the living and not to stand in the corner or side lines and watch everyone else live his or her life.
This quote is a friendly reminder for me and is on my vision board.
“I can tell you that what you’re looking for is already inside you.” Anne Lamott
I ask again …..What have we got to lose?
Look at you.