Monday, January 4, 2016

Motivational Monday


IF YOU REALLY WANT TO
DO SOMETHING, 
YOU'LL FIND A WAY.
IF YOU DON'T,
YOU'LL FIND AN EXCUSE.
(Jim Rohn)

I admit it - 2015 was a year full of excuses for me. 

I'm not talking about the big, real-life events that shook me up. I will no longer drown in those repercussions, but will instead float on the ripples of those effects until I find calmer waters. 

I'm referring to the feelings, the thoughts that kept me from creating, from taking more chances, from believing in myself, from truly living. For me, 2015 was a tsunami of fear and sadness, of doubt and anxiety. I am so ready to find my footing again, to stand on solid ground, or as solid as the shifting sands of life can ever be. 

We all know we're going to get pushed around and knocked down by life once in awhile. Let's just make sure we're not the ones doing it to ourselves. 

26 comments:

  1. So true. If I find myself making excuses, I look for the underlying real reason because I know that's what is really holding me back.

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    1. I also think fear - some form of it - often comes in the guise of excuses.

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  2. Half the battle is recognizing that we're making excuses. I hope 2016 is all you plan it to be.

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  3. Wow, I feel exactly the same way about last year. All I did was make excuses and just not even try to get things done. This year I'd like to stop the excuses.

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    1. I think that's an excellent goal, Sarah. The year of no excuses! :)

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  4. I love that quote. So many have dreams and complain that they aren't cim u be true, and each time I can see why...it's because they aren't trying. They aren't doing anything different to make it so.

    I hope this year is a productive year for you, Madeline! No more pushing yourself around! :)

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    1. It's tricky because we have to be honest with ourselves and a lot times that can be a scary thing to do.

      I hope this is a wonderful year for you, Chrys!

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  5. In other words, avoid being our own worst enemy.

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  6. I've heard that quote before and find it to be very true.

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  7. Thank you for another important, honest, and lovely post. I hope you find that footing and have a better 2016!

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    1. Thank you, Jillian! I hope we all have a wonderful 2016!

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  8. Ah yes, let's not place troubles in our doorstep to trip over . . .
    Best of wishes for 2016, Madeline!

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    1. Let's step right on over them! :)

      Best wishes right back at you!

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  9. I think we might have been riding the same wave. 2015 was a bad year, creatively. That stupid insecurity sneaks right up on you.

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    1. Maybe we could get insecurity to wear a cow bell so we can hear it coming and get out of the way....

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  10. You're right. We need to knock down those bad feelings and doubt and all that because if we can't push past it, then we'll never get anywhere.

    Happy 2016!

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    1. It's like we get frozen, stuck both creatively and in our lives, and we don't want that.

      Happy 2016 to you!

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  11. I'm pretty sure we do. It's the reaction to the bad that knocks us down. Some push back. Some yell. Some trip. I guess it doesn't matter if we go down as long as we get up again.

    It's the staying down there that hurts us most.

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. It really is about picking ourselves back up when we fall. We all fall. It's what we do after that's so important.

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  12. I had a bad 2015 as well, Madeline, so I understand what you're saying here. I feel more hopeful now, and am getting my energy and motivation back. Let's accomplish great things in 2016.

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    1. I'm glad to hear you're feeling better, and I KNOW we will all accomplish great things this year. :)

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