Motivational Monday!

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I woke up this morning feeling motivated and happy, so I decided that today is motivational Monday! I want to help you get out of that funk you’ve been in and take action to make your life, or just TODAY, better! 

“How can you do that?” you ask…

“You don’t know me! You don’t know my life!” 

You’re right, I don’t know you, in fact, most of the time I have no idea who, or if ANYONE is reading this blog, but if just one more person leaves feeling more positive (even if it’s only me) and ready to take on the world, I’m happy. 

Let me tell you what I’ve been pondering lately and why, so you know where I’m coming from…

My whole life I’ve been a worrier. I worried about everything. Worried that no one would like me in school. Worried that I wouldn’t make the choir or the cheer team. Worried that if I start a blog, people from high school would see me and think I had gotten fat. Worried that my kids would break a leg if they played too rough. Worried that people will think I’m a dork if I put true self out there… which would be true, because I am a total dork. 

My point is, worrying has always been my big road block in my life. Luckily for me, I have a lot of great cheerleaders in my life that have forced me out of my comfort zone and pushed me to do more. So today, I’m going to be your personal cheerleader!! YAY!

First and foremost, let me tell you a little about my biggest cheerleader… My mom. Let’s talk about her for bit, mmmkay!?

Growing up I was always told that I was very talented, I don’t tell you this to brag, but just to paint a picture. I’m a quick learner and almost everything came easily to me and, if it didn’t, I didn’t want to even try to do it.

Another problem I had was, despite being talented, I had pretty much NO confidence in myself at all. So when it was time to put myself out there and try out for new things, I never wanted to do it. It would make me sick to even think about it. 

My mom didn’t go for that though. She pretty much forced me to try and do EVERYTHING under the sun and sometimes it really TICKED ME OFF! I remember one Summer she forced me to try out for the community play. I DID NOT WANT TO. I was scared. Super scared. WHY? Because I worried that I wouldn’t make it. 

Mom didn’t care, she would have dragged me kicking and screaming, if it came to that.  

I hated her then, sorry Mom, but now I am SO grateful she forced me to do hard things. That Summer and the next Summer, even after worrying I wouldn’t make it again, I got the lead in the community play, and I loved every minute of it, and still love theater to this day. 

I hate to say it, but Mom was always right. I could go on and on. From everything to cheer tryouts to college applications, and even in my adult life. She has always encouraged me to Stop Worrying & Start Doing. Which is now my new motto in life. 

If you didn’t have  or don’t have an awesome cheerleader in your life, be your own! Or let me be your personal cheerleader today! 

You know what I’m sick of? I’m sick of worrying. I’m sick of fear holding me back. Aren’t you? 

You know what really feels good? Doing stuff. Worrying never freaking helps! It only gives me anxiety and cold sores. Me no likey the cold sores…

I’ve decided to just STOP. STOP worrying and START doing. And guess what? I feel so much better. 

Let me give you some examples. 

First, I have always wanted to start a little clothing store. I had even talked to my mom about it years ago, but I didn’t because there were too many unknowns. Finally, a few months ago, I decided to just go for it, and it’s gone really well! I feel accomplished for even trying! I’m not a millionaire…yet, but why not me?! WHY NOT!

Second, after I had my last baby, I did NOT feel good. I was too immersed in keeping my kids happy and didn’t take any time to think about what would make me happy. I slept a lot, I was out of shape, and I didn’t have any goals or ambitions for just me. I was not happy Bob, not happy. 

Finally, I decided to take care of ME! I talked to a doctor about it. I didn’t need anti-depressants, it just turns out I needed a little Vitamin-D. I was super deficient. I also started taking a slew of other vitamins that seriously changed my life, and my attitude.  I feel so much better now, and after a lot of hard work, I’ve even lost 40 pounds! YAY me! I’m so proud of myself, and I’m not afraid to say it! 

It sounds totally dumb now, but for a while, I didn’t start a strict diet because I was WORRIED about what I’d miss out on. I was WORRIED that dieting wouldn’t be good because I didn’t want my three girls to notice that I was worried about my weight. I was worried that it wouldn’t work and I’d be miserable anyway. 

NEWS FLASH! Worrying didn’t help me! It never has! 

A few weeks ago, as I was scheduling our FB posts. I put a happy positive thought up that said something like, Today is a great day to have a great day, and I couldn’t believe how many people were annoyed by it! I had a lot of comments that said, “Why!” and “How do you know?”

HOLD THE PHONE! People are mad because I was telling them today could be a great day!? WHAT? That really baffled me! 

Why can’t today be a great day? We don’t have to let bad or uncomfortable moments in our life determine how our whole day or life shakes out! If I had a ‘bad day’ every time something didn’t go my way, it would be a really long and hard life. 

I’m not saying you should never have bad days, or that there aren’t some serious challenges that we face that can bring us down, I’m simply saying, don’t let them paralyze you! 

I’m not going to let worry, fear and bad moments shape my life. Life should be fun. Life should bring us joy, and if you can’t find any joy in your life, it’s time to take a look within yourself and let go of the fear and the worry. CHANGE SOMETHING. DO SOMETHING. ‘You are the master of your own destiny. If you don’t like your life, change it!’ (From one of my favorite musicals, Aida) 

Why not you!? Why shouldn’t you go for that dream? Probably because you’re worried. You’ve probably spent endless nights thinking about it, and then talking yourself out of it for one reason or another. 

STOP IT! 

Stop worrying and start doing. It feels so much better if you take action. It doesn’t matter if your goal is to lose 50 pounds, run a marathon, ask for a promotion, leave a bad relationship, start a new company, or just allow yourself to relax.

JUST STOP WORRYING and START DOING! 

What do you have to lose? 

Now STOP Worrying and START doing! 

Have you done something that’s scared you? Tell us your motivational Monday success stories in the comments! 

Jessica 🙂

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