Monday, December 06, 2010
When things go wrong don't go with them.
- Elvis Presley, rock idol
Lifting yourself up and continuing forward
Does it ever feel like trouble follows you around and won't cut you any slack? Sometimes it feels like you can't buy a break and everything you try just makes things worse. Who could blame you for feeling sorry for yourself or not forgive a little self-destructive behavior? Bad idea. The new, healthy way to spend down times is to lift yourself up and operate at a higher level. Remember that what happens to you is not who you are. It's history. It's past. Your true self takes that history and decides how to make the best possible future out of it. You have the power to keep your attitude and values from driving into the ditch along with the events in your life. From defeat, you can still emerge victorious.
Ok AGAIN, Sparkpeople is talking directly to me!! I have been feeling like trouble is always following me concerning my feet and I never get ANY slack. But, I keep moving forward, keep trying, and hopefully I'll come through better than before. I'll get up tomorrow and do my cardio and workout, watch my eating,. and hope for the best. I can do this!
Monday, November 15, 2010
Overcoming obstacles one at a time
Your goals may not come easy. There is no accomplishment without work, and no "win" without something to beat. It's easy to get discouraged when roadblocks appear--in fact, it's only natural. You've invested time and emotion into creating the perfect plan, and then something has to come along and muck it all up. Sometimes, though, all you have to do to beat that barrier is to get back up and move forward again. Obstacles are like the Wizard behind the curtain--they're a lot less intimidating once you see them up close. Next time you take a step back, don't let guilt pile it on top of your previous "stumbles." Just take two steps forward and you're still farther along than you were before. It doesn't matter how many walls you face. You only have to get the better of that last one.
I've had a lot of obstacles in the last 2 years but I'm still here and still trying to get over these roadblocks. There are days where I just want to quit, just want to give in but somehow I get through the day and move forward the next day.
I'll get there, it just might take some time.
Monday, May 17, 2010
I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experiences behind him.
- Eleanor Roosevelt, human rights advocate
Conquering your fears through action
Life brings with it many doubts and fears. But the unknown and the untried have held more people back than any lack of ability. Most successes are never seen because they're never attempted. The courage to face your fears can build momentum that creates magic. Each time you overcome an obstacle, a fear or a step back, you gain confidence. Every small victory helps you feel more certain of yourself and your direction, pushing you further and faster than you ever thought possible. You can do it! What's holding you back? True, fears are intimidating. So start small. Believe in yourself and take one small swipe at your fear today just to see what happens. If you can't talk yourself past the "point of no return," get a friend to help. In the end, half of the doing is in the deciding. If you stumble, don't be afraid to brush yourself off and jump back in.
Can you say mini-tri?
Sunday, May 16, 2010
To swear off mistakes is very easy. All you have to do is swear off having ideas.
- Leo Burnett, advertising pioneer
Are you afraid to try or are you afraid to fail?
A well-lived life is not for the timid. The world was never meant to be approached with extra caution and fear of making mistakes. Kids know that you have to jump in feet first and be willing to take some lumps on the head if you're going to have any fun. When did we stop trying new things? Why did we stop taking risks? In large part, we're afraid of messing up. We've settled into our comfort zones and don't want to look like a fool to ourselves or others. What's the price we pay for our pursuit of perfection? No growth, no sense of discovery, few real experiences. The sacrifice isn't worth it. Are there points in your life that you wish you could have back because you didn't pursue an idea or a new interest? Those chances are gone forever--but you'll have more in the future to take full advantage of. It's been said that most people don't learn much that's new past their 20s. That's an awful long time to stay stagnant. The only mistake you should be afraid to make is not trying.
Why does it seem that Sparkspeople always knows what I am thinking? This healthy reflection has come at a time when I'm considering a mini-triathlon. Me? A Mini-Triathlon? Ugh! My trainer is pushing me to do one in August. I've always wanted to do one, but after the 2 years of foot pain, foot surgeries and the recoveries (and I'm still recovering) I'm afraid, I've gotten into my comfort zone and I just don't know if I want to do all the work that goes into it. And man, it's a lot of work! I'm afraid to say yes and the regret that decision when I can't finish. I keep telling myself that yes, I know I can do all three (swim, bike and run) but do them all together. Hmmm...I just don't know. I just don't know.
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