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Monday Morning Motivation: What? You Thought It Would Get Easier?

775773_10200314643249743_1315970935_o.jpgMonday Morning Motivation:
What? You Thought It Would Get Easier? 


Hello and happy Monday my peeps! I’m waking up in a hotel room in Jacksonville, Florida where the shooting continues on the second season of Sweet Retreats (a reminder that you can check here to find the show in your area and if your cable carrier doesn’t have it, watch full length episodes online!). You’ll recall it’s been a little crazy these last few days, traveling to Dallas for the Beyond the Bag Charity Event in Dallas and prior to that, Fort Myers, Florida for the  Sweet Retreats shoot in Sanibel/Captiva.

Before the shoot, I had a chance to catch up with my good friend Deon Smith, one of our Life Lessons subjects last year. At any rate, we met for a lunch/dinner date (F.Y.I. those are the kind that start out as lunch then bleed on over into the next meal). We were at P.F. Changs when, at the end of the meal, we reached for our fortune cookies. What you see above was mine, I kid you not. So, why does this matter?

Because it’s been getting hard lately. What “it”? All of it. I’m not complaining mind you; I’m thrilled to have a job with a regular salary, I have some really great people in my corner (who answer to the names of Buff and Ella), I’m making money and making moves too. But trying to keep all the balls in the air sometimes gets to be a little draining.

And then I saw this.

Reality check.

OF COURSE it gets harder! I had to stop and think of the climber on the way to the top of Mt. Everest; would it make sense that after exerting all that energy on the lower elevations of the climb, the craggy rocks and unstable footing would give way to solid, level ground? Perhaps all of a sudden, no matter how winded he/she was, the thin air wouldn’t matter and the breathing would get as easy as that at sea level. How about the wide receiver when it’s 4th and goal? Is the opposing team’s defense is just going to part, so there’s a clear path to the goal?

Really now..

That little slip of paper is enough to keep me going another day. It’s a reminder to me that anything worth having is worth working (hard) for.

It’s 4th and goal, which is why I’m thankful for the prep work I put in over the last several years. No, it’s not going to get easier, in fact I suspect it will get harder still. But I’m ready. Are you?

What do you do to keep  powering through when the going gets tough? Leave your comments and suggestions here. Hey, we could use them (and when I say we, I mean ME!)

More from GEM:

Monday Morning Motivation: Confusion Or Delusion? 

Monday Morning Motivation: It’s The Journey Not The Destination


Monday Morning Motivation: The Best Is Yet To Come




1 Comment

  1. John S. Shore

    January 28, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Wonderful! I had a high school band teacher who would push us with some of the MOST difficult music. But, we’d do it. When we were in the middle or really any part of the process, seemingly exasperated, he’d say, “I never said it would be easy. Think how boring music and life would be if everything was 1,2,3, 4.”. That has helped me if life!

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