Is anyone else out there riding the roller-coaster? You know, the one that always comes with any new project, opportunity, responsibility or phase of life. It starts with mounting enthusiasm, confidence, and excitement then- here we go- down with despair, comparison, lack of motivation, insecurity, thennn a glimmer of hope, a moment of pride and achievement, then maybe a loop of discouragement and overwhelm for good measure, then evening back out somewhere in the middle. It can be an exhausting ride!
While this little corner of the Internet called Our Home on Purpose is still in its infant stage, I have already been on quite a few twists and turns. I hate roller-coasters in real life, and honestly, I wouldn’t say I’m that great at dealing with the ups and downs that go on inside my head either.
You may be feeling the same way about things in your life, too.
It makes me think of so many clichés that make their way onto motivational posters, and I’m remembering that they really are true. As reminders for us all, I want to share with you these simple black-and-white printables below and how I’ve seen these prove themselves already. There may or may not be some inspiration from Harry Potter included 🙂
Attitude is everything. It really is. I would consider my mental-resilience-muscles to be weak at best, but it’s important to “work them out.” Negativity breeds more negativity. Steven Covey says in one of my favorite books of all time, there are two creations to anything- the mental creation (imagining what you want) and the physical creation (getting it done!) It is critical that we are “creating” and imaging positive outcomes to feed our action and to encourage positive direction.
Nothing will work unless you do. The best way to get something done is to begin. If it’s easy, it’s probably not worth doing. All these are so true! Just because I think I might be good at something, or that it might be good to do, does NOT in any way mean that it will be easy. It takes a huge investment of time and energy to get over the learning curve and to lay a solid foundation for any future success. We all must give ourselves freedom, time, and space as we grow and learn, while also holding ourselves accountable to put in the hours or stick with it, even when it’s hard 🙂
Comparison sucks. While it is 100% beneficial and critical to learn from others, comparing yourself to others only distracts, demotivates, and discourages us all. Brené Brown, author of one of my other favorite books, says “Stay in your lane. Comparison kills creativity and joy.” While we all can learn from others, we ultimately have to focus on our own path and take one step at a time.
I hope this encourages you where you are! While quotes like these can be cheesy, sometimes they’re exactly what we need to remember.
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