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Monday Morning Motivation: Are You An Approval Junkie? (PODCAST)

Good Enough Mother® - Rene Syler


Hola GEMs!

Here’s hoping you had a restful Mother’s Day weekend, complete with and little R and R for you. But now we’re ready to tackle another wonderful week. How do I know it’s going to be great? Hey, you woke up, didn’t you?

You remember last week I talked about building a creative space; about how I feel that when you are stretched beyond what you think is capacity, you are forced to look at things differently. Some of the new ways of looking at things are much better than the old which is why I truly believe that struggle is the birthplace of creativity.

But sometimes when you’re creating or building or changing and growing, it feels like a solitary existence and you may wonder if anyone else is watching or even cares. It’s at that point you have to be self-directed and self-motivated, which brings me to the topic of today’s Monday Morning Motivation.

So pop in your ear buds and take a listen, then ask yourself this question; am I doing good work, even if no one’s watching?

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  1. Deon Smith

    May 14, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I think that if whatever you do is GENUINE, approval will never be needed because it comes from the heart, one of the purest elements of our well being. So many times I encounter to people who get upset because their efforts were not recognized (dont get me wrong, recognition it always a great source of positive reinforcement to fuel and gauge performance). This is in my personal opinion but this is when our subconscious persuades us to desire it for attention, LETS BE REAL HERE. This can become an obstacle to PROGRESS. We are the first to determine our performance since we are the source. We must have faith in all we do and simply just allow all else to fall into place. This is the REAL WORLD, and negative feedback will arise. However strong reliability of approval from the outside can be counter-productive. It starts from within.

  2. Ella

    May 14, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I don’t seek approval externally. I do love it, and may even be a type A personality, but I’m also pretty crazy and if people don’t like it, I’m ok with it. As long as I did what I know was the best that I could do…then I’m good…enough!

  3. Deon Smith

    May 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Well said ELLA!

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