Monday, August 11, 2014

Motivational Monday


PAY MORE ATTENTION 
TO WHAT
YOU ARE DOING RIGHT 
THAN
WHAT YOU ARE DOING WRONG.
(Barbara O'Neal)

Because, you know, we are doing some things right. 

We often forget that. We're too busy focusing on what we're not doing, on what we should be doing, on what's not working. 

What if, instead of berating ourselves for "failing" yet again, we recognize our successes, however "small" we might consider them? What if we give ourselves a pat on the back? What if we cheer and root for ourselves? What if we stop highlighting and harping on all that we think is wrong with us, and we focus on and celebrate all that's right with us instead?

I don't know about you, but I believe I'd be a much happier person.

Let's go for it!

30 comments:

  1. We do tend to focus on the negative, which is usually much smaller than the positive.

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    1. And we tend to blow up the negative so that it overpowers and overshadows all the positive.

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  2. So true! Today I'm going to celebrate the things I do and not dwell on the things I don't. Thanks.

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    1. Good! You can celebrate how you create art with your journals and how you share so many fun, inspirational and artistic videos on your blog. :)

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  3. Excellent perspective. I'll just celebrate that I was able to wake up this morning. Despite the looming deadlines and other stuff, at least I'm here!

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  4. I did some of that last week. I know I'm doing some things right but I also know other things need more of my efforts and attention.

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    1. Good for you! It truly is a balance - focusing effort and attention on things that need work, on areas that need to change but also recognizing all the good we do, all the wonderful things we accomplish. :)

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  5. It is annoying how easy it is to focus on the negative. Why is that? Why can't we embrace the positive more and give the negative a fleeting thought about what we can learn from it?

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    1. I wish I knew! If I had the answers, I would definitely share them. :)

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  6. I'm in!!! Love this idea!
    And . . . commenting late for IWSG - I know how you feel with the "new" information overload. It's hard to keep up. It seems like we have to specialize.

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    1. Good!

      And better late than never re IWSG, right? :)

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  7. I think that often about my freelance writing. At the end of every day, I just think about all the work I have due and the people who are waiting, wondering why I haven't sent my assignments yet. I never stop to pat myself on the back for the massive work I've completed that day! (Or the fact that I no longer have to leave the house to go to a job I hate every day.)

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    1. I hope this post inspires you to give yourself that pat on the back each and every day! :)

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  8. Ms. O'Neal could not be more correct!! It's all about what we focus on...

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    1. As soon as I read those lines of hers, I knew I had to highlight them here, and put them into practice in my own life.

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  9. Lovely. I have a picture of a half full glass in my office!

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  10. You know, I think that's why I like the What's Up Wednesday meme. Optimism rocks, and it's the only TRUE motivator if you ask me. Either you're bogging yourself down, or you're pumping yourself up. =)

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    1. Love that point about bogging ourselves down or pumping ourselves up. :)

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  11. I like it! I've been trying to do that lately since I beat myself up so much. Good luck on your positive thinking!

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  12. Thank you! I needed that advice today! :)

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  13. I love this. I try to follow this, but sometimes little nagging voices get the better of me.

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    1. Oh, yes, I have those nagging voices, too. Why won't they just be quiet?! Sheesh.

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  14. Good point, Madeline. I keep focusing on my next goal instead of pausing to enjoy the goals I've already reached.

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    1. And you should definitely be enjoying all those completed goals of yours! :)

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