Happy Tuesday Ladies and the few gentlemen that peep – yes, I see you too. =)
I wanted to encourage you all today because this is a topic that I’ve struggled with for quite some time and I always say, if I’m going through it or have gone through it, I’m sure I am not the only one. We all have a burning desire to be great, do more, attain more.. but no matter how big our dreams are there is this little nagging spirit called fear. Fear has a mind of it’s own. The moment we speak life into our dreams and began to move on those dreams, fear sneaks in and creates doubt. We go from excitement to talking down on ourselves and thinking of everything that could go wrong. We create the problem that would probably never exist in the first place all with our thoughts.
That was me… On many occasions.
I’ve sat on dreams for years all because of fear of what could go wrong, fear of what others would think, would say, would do. Fear of not being accepted, not being taken serious and not living up to others expectations. I would shrink into this box of negativity all created by my own self doubt. And honestly the only person that suffered was myself because I would always think about those untouched goals. No matter what I would do, I was reminded of those dreams. Time would be wasted, I’m talking years and years… doubt then was met by disappointment which later turned into depression.
It took a lot of pick me ups, tears and prayer to get me moving. I can’t remember the exact day I woke up from that fear and I won’t lie and say it doesn’t creep up on me every once in awhile but I will say this. Any time I have an ounce of motivation, I act on it. Anytime I am inspired or think to just do it, I do it. Because I know the moment will not always present itself and I want to take advantage of courage every chance I get. The reason for this post is to let you know that you are not alone. Don’t allow fear to cripple you because it’s a dark place to be in.
IF ANY OF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO STAY MOTIVATED, A FEW THINGS THAT WORK FOR ME ARE…
- Have a trusted friend you can express yourself with. I have a close friend that knows exactly when I am overwhelmed and stressed. She always does her best to take the load off of my mind and put that encouraging word back into my heart.
- Create a life of positivity by having reminders around your home and your daily activities. Ex: Set alerts on your phone that randomly pop up throughout the day that may say “keep going” “you are doing great” “Hello Beautiful” “giving up never got anything done”. Post positive sticky notes around your home so you walk into encouraging words. Trust me, it helps.
- Vent. Have a journal or a type pad on your phone to jot down exactly what you are thinking while you are thinking it.
- Rest. Relax. Release. Revamp. Take it easy. Don’t beat yourself up by these feelings because even the richest person has them. Relax and release those emotions whether you need to cry or simply sleep it off. Revamp yourself in an area that will make you feel a change (switching up your hair always does the trick).
Those are just a few ways that keep me in the right direction.