Sometimes unexpected things happen…the past two years have been proof of that. The thing is, we cannot give anything the power to paralyze us in a state of anger, fear, grief, complacency, etc. Today I wanted to share one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I like this quote because it reminds us that there will be things in life that will attempt to block your path to greatness. Sometimes we can even block our own blessings. Instead of giving up when there is a roadblock find another way to get to your goals.
If you can’t fly then don’t shrug your shoulders and throw in the towel. It’s so much easier to give up after the first roadblock (See “How To Come Back from A Setback”). Lace up your favorite pair of sneakers and get to running, girlfriend. You might not get to your greatness quickly, but as long as you keep moving forward you are taking the necessary moves to get you one step closer than you were when you realized that flying was not an option.
The other day I was thinking about all the things I still want to do this year and started to get a little overwhelmed. As someone who is always looking forward and setting new goals, it is easy to get lost in what is left on the rolling to do list. Raise your hand if you can relate. By spending energy constantly thinking about how much we still have to do, we lose focus on what we have done already. One of my personal goals at the beginning of the year was to celebrate my successes, big and small, which to be frank; I have not really kept up with.
So today, I am encouraging everyone, myself especially, to review how we measure success and progress. Instead of focusing on how much you have left to do on a goal or project, measure your progress by much you have done already. Success Magazine backs up this paradigm with research. According to an article by Mel Robbins, a motivational speaker and entrepreneur, “research proves that seeing your progress and how much you have completed will inspire you to keep pushing”. I will celebrate the fact that I hit my money milestone with my student loans and not on the fact that I have a way to go before I can eliminate my student loan debt altogether. Reaching that milestone was not easy so I have to take a moment and appreciate how far I have come on that path to financial freedom. In addition to keeping a rolling to do list, start a “did it” list that you can go back and refer to when you need a motivational push to keep going. As I said, it is easy to get overwhelmed and forget all the great things you have accomplished. Measuring your progress by what you have accomplished and keeping a rolling list of things that you have completed so far will help each action, big so small, feel more impactful.
Happy Monday Lovelies! I’ve noticed that past few Mondays’that the hashtag #motivationalmonday has been trending. That tells me that I am not the only one who benefits from the extra push of positivity to start the week out. I hope today’s quote puts a smile on your face. The realization is, everyone experiences storms but the beautiful thing is that the storm always passes. If you a struggling in your finances, career, or relationships, grab your umbrella of perseverance and stay strong as you ride your personal storm out. I’m mean really, if Britney Spears survived 2007, you can handle ANYTHING!