Letting go of things that no longer bring you joy or satisfaction can in itself be joyful and satisfying!
It’s a new year full of new hope and new promise. Many of us start the new year with resolutions or diets or workout regimens, hoping to shed some holiday weight or gain some new perspective or success. This year I didn’t make any bold resolutions or promises, but I did choose a word for the year. Simplify.
Last year was all about being deliberate about my choices and what I did. I found this gave me increased success with my blog. I wrote more posts, I gained more followers, I engaged more, and I even got nominated for an award. So what is it that I want to simplify this year?
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” ~ Hans Hofmann
The crisp fall air is here and we are facing our first frost here in Texas with possible snow flurries. It’s “pumpkin-everything” season still, yet I asked my boys to get the tree and Christmas decorations down from the attic this weekend. I have the house decorated for fall and Thanksgiving, but am thinking ahead and planning my schedule for when the boys are gone hunting Thanksgiving week.
For something different, I wanted to do a “round-up” of some of my posts these past few months, in case you missed something. Enjoy! Continue reading “Fall Round-Up”
“It’s in the chasing of the idea that we catch it.”
As it is Veteran’s Day, I wanted to extend my gratitude to those serving or who have served our country. Men and women who are brave enough to put their lives in harms way, to protect and defend our country and the principles upon which it was built. These men and women are heroes in my book, and like those emergency responders who also lay down their lives for others; these everyday heroes deserve our utmost respect and gratitude.
We all need to believe in something, so why not believe in yourself. Confidence is contagious.
Yes, working hard is important. But success comes from the belief that you can accomplish anything.
We all deal with setbacks or failures, have to overcome obstacles, and sometimes face adversities. But how you face those obstacles and the attitude that carries you through the day can help you reach your goals.
So don’t let those negative thoughts take over. Positive thoughts and attitudes, self-confidence and the belief that you can do it will yield positive results.
Last weekend I listened to Steve Nash’s speech as he was enshrined into the basketball Hall of Fame. As he closed his speech, he was talking to his kids, and to all kids with their life in front of them. I found his words touching enough to write them down. These words can be an inspiration to us all to find that passion within us, and go after our goals.
“Find something you love to do. Do it every day. Be obsessed. Balance can come later. Use your imagination. Put pen to paper. Declare your intentions. Set small goals. Knock them off. Set more goals. Gain momentum. Build confidence. Grow a deep belief. Outwork people. Play the long game. You don’t have to be the chosen one. The secret is to build a resolve and spirit to enjoy the plateaus – the times when it doesn’t feel like you’re improving and you question why your doing this. If you’re patient, the plateaus will become springboards. Finally, never stop striving, reaching for your goals until you get there. But the truth is even when you get there – even when you get here, standing on the stage – it’s the striving, fighting, and pushing yourself to the limit every day that you’ll miss and you’ll long for. You’ll never be more alive than when you give something everything you have.”
Here’s hoping your plateaus become springboards to bigger things!