Unexpected Motivation - Just When I Needed It Most!

Thursday, November 07, 2013

"Congratulations! You are today's Featured Motivator! SparkPeople members selected your Spark Page as being motivational, and therefore you have the "SparkPeople Motivator" icon on your Page."

This is what I found in my email today, along with a number of notifications that people I know and many I don't know where commenting on my page and sending me goodies.

I'm a motivator - at least I always aspire to be. I try to give people helpful ways to look at and deal with situations and positive ways to think in order for them to attract more positives into their lives. I love to teach and I love to preach on things I believe in (not a religious statement). I'm generally enthusiastic and happy.

HOWEVER...I'm also an advocate of "fake it until you make it" meaning act like you believe or act enthusiastic even if you aren't feeling it because it WILL happen. That's what I've been doing lately. Since chemo ended I haven't felt like I am bouncing back like I should. I do feel stronger and I do feel better, but I am just not feeling like I thought I would. I'm drained most of the time. We have a new challenge on our San Antonio team that starts Sunday and runs for 8 weeks through the holiday season. I've also joined a facebook group which is in the first week of a 6 month challenge. I threw myself into these with gusto (sort of faked) because I NEED to get on track again and I NEED to "fake it until I make it". I've been sending spark mail and huddling on the S.A. team and making announcements and sending goodies left and right to drum up enthusiasm among the members to get them to sign up (and to get me a little more enthused). In other words, I've been faking it, knowing eventually I would really feel enthusiastic and believe in what I was doing.

Seeing that email, those goodies and notes from people about me being selected as today's featured motivator - well, you don't know how much I needed this. Reminding me that I am INDEED a motivator gives ME the needed motivation to really start feeling like I can do this, I can stay the course, I can overcome the lack of progress in my own journey and take pride in knowing there are some out there I've helped in some small way. I can start feeling like the SHE BEAST again and not have to fake it because not only do some of you believe in me, I can believe in myself a little more. What a wonderful reminder!

Thank you to everyone who clicked on the "does this member motivate you?" button and thank you to everyone who has sent me lovely affirmations. I'm grateful. There is NO faking when I tell you and mean every word of my mantra: NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER GIVE IN!

As always, I love you all.

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  • GHK1962
    MJ, in my head I think to myself, how can you NOT be a great motivator? You've always been a positive force on the SA Team since I have known you. (What has it been ... 3 years now?)

    I'm still hopeful that one day I will make it to your neck of the woods ... and we will have a great meet and greet. :)
    1984 days ago
    emoticon emoticon and well deserved!
    A plus because the timing was right!
    1987 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
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    1987 days ago
    I am so glad you got this, and I find it so great that both of us have had this same honor just in the last few weeks, both of us when we were struggling and really needed it. The more we put out there, the more we get back in return, I think.

    I want to know about your six-month facebook challenge! :D Email me!
    1987 days ago
    Congrats! Enjoy! Thank you!
    1988 days ago
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