Monday Motivation: Follow Your Heart

Imagine this. You have to make a decision, and as much as you try to reason through your decision-making process, your gut is telling you something. How can a decision provoke a so-called gut reaction?

I don’t know the answer to that question. But, I do know, that following your heart will never lead you in the wrong direction.

Recently, I’ve had a few job prospects. But, everytime I feel as of I’m doing the wrong thing — everytime I feel as if I’m signing my life away.

“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.”

Why do I feel this way? Deep down inside my heart I know that it’s not what I dream of doing — what I know will make me happy.

Yes, these offers are a great opportunity to grow and expand my knowledge. But they will keep me within the limits of my comfort zone.

I want to be pushed out of my comfort zone, challenged beyond my imagination, and it’s time to do just that.

So, stop denying yourself happiness, follow your heart amd step outside of your comfort zone. If you fail, at least you can say you tried. But why not stand up, brush yourself off and try again?

Along the way, you’ll learn the depths of your strengths and weaknesses, and at least the journey will be interesting.

Don’t deny your happiness. Follow your heart.

Monday Motivation: You Choose Your Outlook

Your outlook is dependent upon how you define a situation — plain and simple. Is it an opportunity? Or, it is a problem? Will it determine who you are? Or, will you determine who you are going to be?

This past weekend I had a conversation with an acquaintance of mine who had recently interviewed for a full-time job position. Now let me fill you in, this full-time position is the difference between her working one job and her working two part-time jobs. During the conversation she said, “If I don’t get this job, I’m going to be so unhappy.”

From that moment forward, all she could think about was her unhappiness and it effected her mood for the entire night.

Growing up, I played softball and the coaches always said, “You strike out seven out of 10 times.” I risked failure every time I stepped into the batter’s box. But, let me tell you, hitting the ball three out of ten times is absolutely worth it.

Why are those three hits worth the risk of failure?

Because you had the courage to dust your cleats off, step back into the batter’s box and attempt again. Because you didn’t back down. Because you learned from your last attempt and made the necessary adjustments for success. Because it teaches you about persistence. And because, most importantly, you learn your own strength.

When you risk everything — when you put yourself out there — you might fail, but opening yourself up to the possibility of success — to the possibility of greatness —  is worth it.

One moment does not define who you are. How you define that moment — that attempt at greatness — and continue to move forward despite rejection and failure will determine your path to greatness.

It’s the difference between hurdles and barriers. You can overcome one, while the other stops you from traveling to the place you want to go.

As the image reads, “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me?”

Make sure you ask the right question.

What can I do to be better? How can I improve? How can I be better than the person I was yesterday?