Monday Morning Motivation:
3 Ways To Make The Most Out Of The Life You DIDN’T Plan! 

I’ve been a bit introspective this month, thinking about how far we’ve come over the course of the last year. To say it’s been light years would be a bit of an understatement. We’re on the cusp of some HUGE stuff and taping The Doctors in LA was just the very beginning.

Thinking about those impending developments provides the fodder for today’s Monday Morning Motivation. I do quite a few interviews and one of the questions people always ask me is, “What’s next?” You know what my answer is?

“I have no idea.”

It’s not that I don’t have goals or dreams or aspirations. It’s just that I had no idea I was going to work for nearly two decades in TV news, lose my job, my breasts and my hair before ultimately finding out who I am.

So what do you do when the life you plan for yourself doesn’t materialize and instead is replaced with one that wasn’t even on your radar? Can you still be a “success”, whatever that is?

The answer is YES and here’s how!

BE OPEN

 

Not sure if you had a chance to see this piece that Ella wrote the other day about Michael Strahan being tapped to be the next co-host of “Live”.  I tweeted the other day that I was happy he was going to get the gig and someone replied that they thought I was “meek” (ha!) because I was willing to accept the fact that they were giving the job to someone who didn’t major in entertainment in college. Really? REALLY? I guess her thinking was that you can only work in fields in which you study. If that’s the case, I would be a psychologist (can you IMAGINE?). Life is about taking chances, even the ones you “didn’t study for”. If we all stayed in our lanes, we’d never realize our potential. You wanna grow? Better go for it.. no matter what others say.

 

BE READY

 

“Every single experience you have leads you to this place.” Who said that? I DID! And this is why everything you do, even the less-than-stellar experiences, you must be open to. Think of this as one long graduate studies course. Years ago, when I was a cub reporter, I went out on stories with photographers and watched as they shot and edited video (yeah boys and girls, they used to use something called, VIDEOTAPE).  That wasn’t my job but the more I learned about THEIR job, the better and more well-rounded I became. Now I use what I learned in the field every single day, which is how I was able to shoot this product review, in my house and edit it myself on my Mac.

 

BE WILLING

 

Quick story: I have been working on Good Enough Mother since I had the idea way back in 2005. But we really started making headway after we revamped the site a few years back and then turned on the gas a year ago. Up until that point, I had a blog, but was updating it every 3 or 4 days. I wasn’t  working social media the way I needed to and, deep down inside, think I was still waiting to be “rescued”.  A year ago, I realized the only person who was going to rescue me was me and I got to work.  With the help of a few key people, we’ve made incredible traffic gains along with that other stuff we can’t talk about right now. But I work All.The.Time. There are those who will say that’s not healthy and they’re right. But it’s for a short period of time; it won’t always be this way but it is the way it needs to be right now.  I’m prepared to do the work and put in the hours it will take to get me where I’m going.

What about you.. is the life you had planned for yourself the one you are leading now? If not, is the one you are leading fulfilling? Could you imagine it any other way?

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