Hey everyone! Happy Monday!
For today’s Monday Morning Motivation I’m going to take you back to my days as a high school track athlete and kind of a funny story.
Of course it’s funny now, years later but it certainly was not at the time.
I was a hurdler (as you can tell by that picture) and even with a heavy coat on that was soaking wet, I barely tipped the scales at 97 pounds.
During one important race, there was a very strong wind at my back. That wind pushed me closer and closer to each hurdle, which, if you know anything about hurdling, really is a race of precision.
Pushing me closer and closer with each hurdle meant that by the time I got to the 9th one (out of 10) I was too close; I lift my foot to step over, my cleats hit the hurdle and I went tumbling!
Not a graceful fall either; one that I still, decades later, have the scars to show for it.
I recall so much about that fall; the crowd gasping, the hurdlers running by, how my knee ached from the gaping wound, my other leg hurt my spikes had hit it and both hands had horrible raspberries on them.
I remember it took everything I had in me to get up, jump over the last hurdle and limp across the finish line.
But I did it.
I learned a lot in that track tumble.. and a lot of it, though not physical, pertains to where I am right now.
As I mentioned recently, Good Enough Mother is turning 10 this year. I have published thousands of posts and my brand continues to grow. But my time is becoming more scarce. It’s an odd, double-edged sword; the more I wrote, the more people wanted me for various projects but those projects cut into my writing time.
Because I’ve been so busy, I hate to admit, there are times I want to quit.
When I feel like that, here’s what I do.
1. Rest: It’s hard to underscore how critical this is, especially for those of us who are creative by nature. We need time to, as I like to say, let our brains cool off. Ever notice that your best ideas come when you’re not under pressure, typically in the shower or on a beach somewhere? That’s because we’re not under the gun to produce results. Build into your schedule, some “navel-gazing” time
2. Refocus: The rest is important because it allows me to refocus. The mission behind Good Enough Mother is still the same; the fact that women have a right to be as good to themselves as they are to everyone else and they don’t have to be perfect to be great parents. But that has morphed to a degree as my children have gotten older. It would be silly to expect that I would be talking about the same things now that I was 10 years ago. The fact is the themes are still the same but, because my life has changed, I have had to add some elements and subtract others to make sure my work, and I stay relevant.
3. Re-energize! Nothing helps the mood better or faster than some plain ol’ sweating! So get up and get moving! The endorphins released will make you feel better almost immediately. But the thing I notice is that moving gives me some sense that I am in charge of my destiny. And that feels great!
Those are a few of my tricks. I’m not saying it’s easy but the more I do it, the easier it becomes.
Now go out and make it a powerful day!
What do you do when you feel like giving up?