This past summer, our girls joined the neighborhood swim team. At the beginning of the season, our youngest daughter, who has always been tiny for her age, was one of the slowest swimmers. But as the season progressed, she began to win many of her heats. Lauren found the motivation needed to succeed at their very first swim meet after putting on her new team suit and cap. A spark of pride and sense of confidence that she was truly part of a team lit her up from the inside out.
Sometimes motivation comes from outside sources, but the strength you need for life’s biggest challenges is always within.
As adults who lead very busy lives, we sometimes loose our mojo when push comes to shove. Or we lose sight in going after what we truly want or need due to pulls and responsibilities from work, family, volunteerism, etc. When was the last time you pursued something that set your soul on fire? When was the last time you allowed yourself to move closer to your goals – in work, in health, in love, or in play?
Sometimes motivation can just be a simple shift in your thinking. It’s changing “I might” into “I will,” or “I can’t” to “I can.”
Don’t put off the things you want due to self-doubt, or delay the pursuit of a dream (big or small) due to lack of time. If it serves your heart’s desire, your family, or your soul in a healthy way, the time to act is now.
There are no secrets to success. It is simply the result of preparation, hard work, determination, and learning from past failures. You will always thrive when the fire inside you burns brighter than the fire around you, and you are always capable of more than you know! So go after what you truly want, move towards your goals, knock an item off that bucket list, and move forward by digging deep down and finding your fire.
Sometimes, all it takes to feel that motivation is a new team uniform or a written reminder that it’s ok to pursue your passions.