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Monday Morning Motivation: Do What You Can

Start-where-you-areMonday Morning Motivation:
Do What You Can


Hey everyone! Happy Monday!

This is one of my favorite sayings by the late Arthur Ashe because it says so much in so few words.

Start where you are.

Use what you have.

Do what you can.

So for this Monday Morning Motivation, let’s take a closer look at those three, powerful sentiments.

1. START WHERE YOU ARE:  Well of course you start there, that just makes sense, right? But you would be surprised by how many people (and I see this a lot in the blogging world) are busy comparing themselves to others. They may have only been blogging a few years yet they want to know why they aren’t getting the same traction, campaigns and attention of those who have been doing it 4 or 5 times as long. Start where you are.

2. USE WHAT YOU HAVE: You’ve probably seen this before, people with so much,  struggle at times and those with next to nothing are able to break out. When you use what you have you learn to succeed within those limitations or find a work around. Those kinds of parameters are what test one’s creativity. Knowing how to work within limitations and be successful at it, is what separates good from great. So instead of looking at them as roadblocks, think of them as challenges that must be considered and then successfully worked around.


Casey’s High School Graduation

3. DO WHAT YOU CAN: And this is truly what this is about. I have been having bouts of mommy guilt (and I am RARELY plagued by that) about the things I wished I could have done for my kids. True confession: I had one last week when my daughter graduated from high school. I looked at this beautiful, glowing young woman and thought, what if? What if I hadn’t lost my job? What if I could have afforded to give her more music lessons? What if we could have afforded more tutoring? But the bottom line is I did my best; I did what I could. I didn’t have a lot of money but Buff and I worked within our budget and we did what we could do for her. Do I still wish it was more? Truth be told, yes. But I also know that Casey appreciates what was given to her and will do the most with that.

So thanks Arthur Ashe for reminding us that everyone, every, single one of us, though not with the same resources or talent, can still be great if we start where we are, use what we have and do what we can.

That’s today’s Monday Morning Motivation. How about you? Are you feeling this? Do you start where you are? Use what you have? Do what you can? Why or why not?





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