It’s time for a pep talk. Football season is in full swing so what could be more Gipper-like than bolstering the morale of the group. So put down that latte, pull up your big girl pants, and let’s get going!
When you face a scary (uncomfortable) situation it means you’re doing something new, something to grow from, and something that stretches you. Life is filled with uncertainties, and yet, you have survived plenty of them already. You learned how to walk. You learned how to run. You learned how to make something on a hot, dangerous stove. I don’t care if it’s Ramen noodles or crème brulee, the fact is you weren’t born knowing how to boil water, and somehow you put fire and liquid together and the world didn’t end.
Dream, dream, dream, and dream again. Just don’t get stuck in a world of imagination. Sure, it’s OK to feel the warmth of a pretend success. But imagine how much better it would feel if you actually did the same thing and really succeeded!
Successful people start before they feel ready. ~ James Clear
If you wait for all of your ducks to be in a row before you start, you’ll never start. Face it, ducks get antsy and waddle off to do their own thing. I don’t think any parent was truly “ready” to have a child, especially a first child, but somehow things get done when the pressure is on. Shed your analysis paralysis.
Leap and the net will appear. ~ John Burroughs
I remember hearing something about chocolate cake. You can explain chocolate cake, analyze it, break it down to its base ingredients, but you’ll never know if you like it unless you open your mouth and take a bite. Life risks are like cake. Or champagne. Or opera. Or escargot. Sometimes you just have to throw caution to the wind and jump in.
The only person who holds you back is YOU. Taking responsibility for your life is rewarding. Once you get the awareness of recognizing your strengths and weaknesses, you can control your successes and failures. Your boss doesn’t like you? Find a new boss. You’re late because of the weather? Become a better planner and leave earlier. Your ex badmouths you to the kids and doesn’t treat you with respect? Limit your exposure to that person and don’t stoop to their level. Work on being the best person you can be and at the end of your life, you’ll know you did your very best.
One important note, none of today’s sayings deals with perfection. Let’s face it, there is no such thing as being perfect. Nope, not at all. Let it go. Let. It. Go.
Instead, be your best self. Figure out who you are and practice your strengths. You may be a monster tomato grower or a whiz when it comes to sewing or maybe you’re like me and love to play in the kitchen. Even being the best bench warmer is a skill (how many parents really watch their kids soccer game in the pouring rain?)
When it comes right down to it, I want my kids to know that they can count on me. In that regard, I want to do my best. Whether I’m the world’s greatest employee, house cleaner, or organizer doesn’t mean squat if my kids feel I have checked out on them.
The point is, we can’t have it all, but we can certainly choose the things that we want to be good at. Then just let the rest of it fall to the side. It’s not that important anyway.