You can't control everything. Some things in life are just out of your hands.
Certain events, other people's choices, etc... you can't control all of it. No matter how much you overthink the possible outcomes, life will still happen and other people will always be free to make their own choices.
What you do have control over is how you react in every situation. You have control over your actions and responses. You have control over the internal dialogue you have about the event or a person's choice.
I hope you eventually get to a place where you find peace in the chaos. Whatever it is you can't control, stop giving all of your thought. Take that weight off your shoulders and remember, some things are out of your control.
Some days you just don't have 100% to give. (Perhaps that perfectly describes you this Monday morning?) When you are too worn down to give it your all, give it your half. Or give it your 20%.
Doing something is better than doing nothing at all.
I'm applying this to my workouts this week. Recently, I've been pretty sedentary. My excuses include working on other projects, the weather and watching our dog. (Hahaha! Even the dog is getting the blame.)
Part of my mindset says, "If I don't have time for an hour workout, I might as well not workout at all." (Insert eyeroll at yet another excuse.)
Doing something - like taking the dog for a longer walk or doing yoga for 10 minutes in the morning - those are all very possible. Or like this morning, I walked up the six flights of steps to work instead of taking the elevator. It's better than nothing.
When you can't give it your all, just do what you can.
There are times when I reach for my phone and my thumb automatically opens up Instagram. I scroll through a few photos before thinking, "Wait. What did I get on my phone for again?"
We are so easily distracted... and so connected. Do you also feel pressure to give an immediate response to emails, calls and text messages? Add these two together and if you are trying to get any real work done, say goodbye to your productivity.
You have to find a time of day when no one will interrupt you. For me, that's been waking up at midnight (aka: a couple hours before work). For my mom, her uninterrupted time was after she put us girls to bed. For my colleagues, it's after the 11 pm newscast when the demands for the show are finished.
I find working intensely without interruptions for a couple hours a day creates great results. It takes discipline, but it's worth it.
Carve out time to work without interruption.
“Silence your critics. Ignore your haters. Delete your cynics.”
I saw a screenshot of an article yesterday that in the title read, "Patriots will regret hiring Belichick." When I looked into it more, it turns out he wasn't the only sportswriter who felt this way when Belichick was hired by New England in 2000.
This USA Today article describes Belichick's coaching timeline really well.
Pay no attention to your critics. They have their opinions, but you don't have to listen to them. You stay committed to your dream and play your game.
Want to join me this February for a 10 minute fitness challenge?
It’s been a good time in the past (remember last year’s arm challenge?!). Basically, we pick out a random mid-level fitness routine and encourage each other with comments on my Facebook page.
How often do you complete the routine? Every other day throughout the month.
I found this full body workout for February: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=I6t0quh8Ick
Want to join me?!
Be so good no one can deny your greatness.
Every year when the NFL season kicks off, the team I want to see play in the Super Bowl the most is... not the Patriots. Anyone but the Patriots! We've seen them win so often.
However, even I cannot deny that they are incredible. The Patriots have proven themselves in so many Super Bowls that no one can say they don't have something special.
I can't believe I'm typing this... but be like the Patriots. Be so good no one can deny your greatness.
I thought I knew what it meant to work hard, but this month I realized I’ve only scratched the surface. Grit and persistence are no joke.
It’s like feeling you’ve run an entire marathon... then realizing you’re only 1/16th of a mile into the race. Late nights, early mornings, you push forward and push forward again. But some days you can’t help but feel like you’re right where you started.
The interesting part is once you’re invested and you see your purpose, you don’t want to quit. It doesn’t cross your mind. But what does cross your mind is, “How do I keep up this pace?”
Grit seems to have been my perfect word for 2019. It seems like the lesson on what it means is just beginning. One month down.
Sometimes your plans will fall apart. What you were hoping would happen doesn't turn out as you anticipated. It's frustrating and easy to get stuck in a longing for what could have been.
Whether it's something small or life altering, at some point you will need to move forward, accept the lesson from the experience, and close the door on that chapter.
In the New Year...
May you have the courage to go against the way things have always been.
May you have a dream and not question if you should chase it.
May you live with intention.
May you find your purpose and passion.
May you live each day in gratitude for the gifts you've been given.
May you know you are making a difference.
May you see growth and progress.
May you come back stronger after you've been knocked down.
May you show others deep compassion.
May your kindness be felt by everyone you meet.
May you be the bright spot in the world.
You will not be perfect in 2019. You’ll make mistakes, all your plans won’t work out just as you hoped, and you will never have it all figured out.
But unless you go into the new year with intention, while also opening yourself to the limitless possibilities, you will never know how far you can go.
You are meant for greatness.