I mean, who doesn’t love quotes?
Who doesn’t love seeing them pop up in our social media feeds several times per day?
A lot of great people have said a lot of great things. Life lessons learned and then shared. Inspirational. Motivational. Even beautiful.
I’ve got a couple of favorite quotes. They always make me think, always give me something to believe in. At least for a little while.
No matter how prophetically wise or inspirational they seem to be. No matter how much they resonate with us. No matter how true we believe them to be.
Quotes can’t change anything.
Only we get to change things.
And changing things takes action.
To quote Tony Robbins: “the path to success is to take massive, determined action.”
Whatever your definition of success is.
Whatever you’re working towards.
Maybe you’ve had days like this?
Waiting. Waiting for the day to motivate you, to inspire you, to give you a reason to feel good and excited about the day.
I’ve had my share of those days. Too many, actually. Days when I’m sort of just going through the motions of being alive. Waiting to receive, willing to accept, but not quite willing to create.
Does this feel familiar?
It’s easy when the external world ignites you, fills you with energy, lifts you higher. Everything flows, everything feels possible, and time moves substantially faster. But what if the day doesn’t give us that spark?
Most days, it’s up to us to create our own spark, ignite our own fires, and lift our own self higher.
Funny thing about new days. They’re indifferent. They don’t care what we do with them. Their job is to simply show up. But since we only get a finite number of them in our lifetime, is it wise for us to be equally indifferent as to how we spend them? To wait and hope that something outside of us is enough to inspire something inside of us?
The great day we’re hoping to have today? The great life?
It’s just not going to show up.
It requires us to create it.
What can you create for you today?
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New Year’s Day.
I’ve been fine tuning my resolutions. My intentions are confidently set and I’m ready.
“This year will be different” I confidently tell myself. “This is the year I stick to my resolutions.”
Because I usually don’t.
Maybe the best resolution is no resolutions at all.
I’m not quite sure why I have such a challenging time with resolutions. I know there are things I want to change and things I want to accomplish, and there are things I tell myself I no longer want to do. Yet within a few weeks the resolutions I enthusiastically and boldly ran into the new year with feel like work.
They never make it to February.
Change, even change we tell ourselves we really want, can often be quite difficult. We’re often undoing things that we’ve spent a lifetime doing. Change is always much easier Continue reading “Playing Big By Playing Small”