That’s right! I’ve got on my ****kicking boots! No prisoners, no quarter, no mercy!
You want to win don’t you? You want to come out on top! So who is your worst enemy?
YOU! That’s right, we are our own worst enemies! We can defeat ourselves before we ever leave the starting blocks; those little self talks we have that end with us defeated. Think about it, if you could be the you behind that inner voice, nothing could ever defeat you again!
Why not? You are the one behind that voice, why not harness that same energy to guarantee your victory? After all, that part of you is used to winning. That part of you is smug, arrogant, and laughs at the weaker you that it often defeats. That part of you is exceptionally skilled at pinpointing with lazer beam accuracy your weaknesses. Take “that part of you” by the throat and teach them who they are really messing with.
That’s right ‘bully me’, I’ve had enough and I’m not taking any of your duff again! I’m in charge now – go cower in your corner and don’t come back until I give you permission!
Oh, excuse me just had to deal with my own little vixen there!
So, how? How are you going to tame the beast and manage to put yourself in the winner’s circle?
I’m glad you asked! I’ve touched on these before, but since we didn’t learn our lesson, I’m here to review them and add some more to it. Buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. Come on guys (and girls), we’re not this big of wimps, so suck it up already!
1. Choose to be inspired instead of intimidated. That same voice that threatens your sanity that you’ll never accomplish much, never amount to anything , never achieve – ugh. Tell her/him to shut up! Then remind yourself of all the reasons you have hope, and inspiration to continue pursuing your dreams.
2. Choose to be anxious for nothing instead of having anxiety over anything. Worrying is a habit. Habits can be broken. It takes 21 days of consecutive action to reverse a habit or establish a new one. Start now, you’re worth it. In my previous post The Hard Decisions, I went into this in length. It’s worth a read if you are prone to worrying. Accept the things you can’t change and take action to change those things you can change. Worrying won’t add a single moment to your life, but it could very well take years off of it!
3. Choose to be calm in the storm instead of crushed by the pressure. In life there will be storms. It’s inevitable. Life happens, deal with it. Learn from it and do better next time. We all get knocked down sometimes, the difference is whether you get up or stay laying in the muck. Me? I’m not going to embrace the muck, it stinks!
4. Choose to be fixated on where you’re going, not frightened by where you’re from. Ever notice how you have that great big windshield in the car to see where you’re going, and those little side mirrors and central rearview mirrors to see what is behind you? Whatever is in your rear view mirror, be aware of it but leave it back there because if you are spending all your time looking in the rearview; you’re going to crash. Just be aware of it, like you are aware of the gas gauge. (OK, Pam you might want to use a different object since you have trouble with remembering to put gas in the car!) Look towards the distant horizon!
5. Choose happiness over hopelessness and helplessness. Happiness is only 10% outside influence, the rest is all on you baby! 90% of our happiness is determined by our own attitude! Circumstances are subject to change, but a positive attitude can change things every time! When you find yourself feeling hopeless or helpless, really look at what options you have. You may find that things aren’t quite as bleak as it appears.
6. Choose joy with others over jealousy of others. Why in the world should you be jealous over anyone else? don’t you know they have problems too? Oh sure, they may not have YOUR problems, but everyone has their own share of problems to deal with.
7. Choose to focus on the meaning of life instead of your mistakes in life. If we focus on our failures, defeat is bound to happen every time. Can you imagine a baby learning to walk, focusing on every time they fell down? They would give up and never walk! We’ve got to get past ourselves, and look past the end of our noses! Come on! We all make mistakes, brush off the dust and move on! Just remember to side step the mud puddle next time!
8. Choose to be optimistic about your future instead of overwhelmed by your past. *facepalm* I thought for the longest time that this was a symptom of people over 35, but have recently been reminded that in fact it affects everyone. Sometimes there are things in our past that we would choose to not have happened, like sexual abuse. If given the choice, I can’t think of one person that was sexually abused, physically abused, or mentally abused that would choose it for themselves. It does not define you! You are not what has happened to you. You are so much more than that, but the scarring that happens to us causes us to get stuck there with the guilt, the shame, and the condemnation that was put on us by someone who violated our trust, our minds and our bodies. It was wrong, and it doesn’t make us damaged goods! It doesn’t define us as less than in any way. there are tough things in our past that are difficult, but not impossible to move past. Rejoice that it’s not continuing still, and if it is, take charge of yourself and GET OUT OF THERE!
9. Choose patience during life’s challenges and not panic in those trying times. I know , it’s scary sometimes. Breathe! Run if you have to, get out-of-the-way, take shelter! Whatever you have to do to preserve your life do it! But think! Engage your brain, and stop panicking. Panicking causes you to lock up and not be able to make any decision! Calm down and assess the situation, then make an informed decision!
10. Choose strength over suffering. I’ve never understood this one. Why would anyone choose to wallow in their suffering? Yet, many do. I’ve done it, and I’ve had the hubs and good friends jerk the slack out of me and show me what I was doing. I am a weenie with pain. I don’t like needles, I don’t care for anything that causes discomfort. Yet, the mental anguish I put myself through at times is ridiculous. Hence, why y’all get so many of my self motivational smack downs – er pep talks.
Now, for the bonus rounds of my faithful readers that have stuck with me to the victory lap, Here are a couple of bonus tips.
Prune the dead wood! This one is hard but it’s for your own good. There are friends, acquaintances you have in your life that are unhealthy, dangerous, or even sick. Get rid of them! It’s nothing personal really, they are just very bad for you. They will pull you down to their level every single time, and cause you to stumble and fall.
Catch the Vision! See yourself where you want to be! See yourself in the winner’s circle. What’s it look like there? See yourself as winning your race, crossing the finish line, breaking the tape! Look around, who is there cheering you on?
Bet it’s not the deadwood! While I get my pruning shears, leave me a comment. Let me know if any of this hits home with you. Please don’t name names of your dead wood that’s between you and them. Just throw it in your mental fire pit and have some s’mores!
(By the way, the basic ideas for this is nothing new. My most recent rendition was inspired by Stephen Pierce. I’ve seen similar points from Dan Miller, and Michael Hyat. Things like this bear repeating. We all need that motivational boost or the butt kicking once on a while!)
Write on my friends, write on!
Yes, this one did hit very close to home, number 8. I love how you have put these into words and brought it out again. Its something we all need to remind ourselves of. Thank you very much for this post! If you don’t mind I would like to print it up and put in on my work wall so I can look at it every day and read it every day. You said it takes 21 days to break a habit, I want to break several on that list. the negativity that tries to swallow me is one. Thank you Ms. Ellie Mack for being a true blessing! thank you!
I would be flattered if you printed it!
Thank you Ellie! I have printed it and will use it to a better outlook and better habits in the future! thank you!
Ill see ya in th winners circle! With my boots on!