Seemingly random inspiration drives many of the moves I make in my life. I haven’t felt like writing a blog post for several weeks. Usually something inspires me, but lately, I’ve struggled to find it. Today though, someone inspired me. She is a person that quit her full-time job a few years ago to become an entrepreneur, selling nutrition products and offering fitness advice. Having been a personal training client of hers, I know how much she cares about the people she helps and how much she wants them to succeed. I find that when I am searching for inspiration, somehow I am led to her. The reason she inspires me is because she is doing something she loves, something she believes in and even though it’s not easy (she is one of the hardest working people I know), she never gives up.
It’s rare to find people like this, the people that remind you not to forget the hard work you’ve put in and that if you set goals, you can accomplish them. When you find those people, you need only spend a few minutes with them, and you catch their positivity, and you are inspired to move.
I have certain goals for this year. I’m scared and not sure how to achieve them. Plain and simple. That’s when you need to be inspired the most. I know New Year’s resolutions are now out of fashion. What I like about them though, is it is an opportunity to set a goal for yourself. If we don’t know what we are working towards, then what ARE we working towards?
We all need to take our heads out of the daily grind every now and then and dream a little. Stop letting fear talk us out of trying. Stop listening to other people try to talk us out of goals that seem a little too lofty. Stop asking ourselves, “what if I fail”, and instead imagine what success will look like when you succeed. It’s those negative “what if’s” that stop me every time. Then I look back and realize I am no further along towards my goal because I never even started out of fear of failure. What good does that do? Don’t worry, it’s okay to have a risk mitigation plan. I have been in the risk business too long not to, but I will still take the risk. Life is too short to not live.
So stop listening to all the news stories and your friends that say they don’t make resolutions because they quit after a few weeks or a month. Instead, make a resolution and stick with it. If it’s important enough to actually say it out loud, then stop giving up on it.
Like I said, I don’t know exactly how I am going to achieve my goals, but I need to start somewhere. I know I will have set backs and moments where I want to give up. When that happens though, the universe has a way of bringing in those people that inspire you once again to get you back on track.
*For the non-conformists out there, it doesn’t have to be a New Year’s resolution. Call it a February resolution, or a second Monday of the month resolution. Whatever floats your boat. But take the time to figure out what you want, say it out loud, and get to work.