Because I just finished my first spin class in like a year and my brain is offering positive encouragement to my legs, I will keep this intro short. Here are a couple awesomely positive reads from this past week:
12 Choices Winners Make Every Day via Marc & Angel
Given the transition(s) I’m going through, this was right on time when I discovered it on Friday. Marc & Angel always drop some serious gems. Here are a couple that really won for me:
They don’t give up on the things they believe in. – If J.K. Rowling stopped after being turned down by multiple publishers for years, there would be no Harry Potter. If Howard Schultz gave up after being turned down by banks 200+ times, there would be no Starbucks. If Walt Disney quit too soon after his theme park concept was trashed by 300+ investors, there would be no Disney. One thing for sure: If you give up on your dreams too soon, you will miss out on seeing them become a reality. ReadQuitter.
They ignore the naysayers. – Unless someone has walked in your shoes on the same path that you have traveled, and lived through all of your ups and downs alongside you, they have no right to judge you. Unless they can look into the core of your heart and see the degree of your passion, or look into the depths of your soul and see the extent of your will, then they have no business telling you who you are or what you can or can’t achieve. Everyone has a story. Everyone has unique gifts. Unless that someone is YOU, their opinion of you means nothing in the long run.
How to Stay Hungry and See Your Goal Through to the End via Illuminated Mind
Also very timely as I’m setting out on this journey. Some very practical advice and a good refresher. Here’s one part that jumped out:
If you want to change the world, follow your passion and do great things, you need a community to support you. They’ll be there to lift you up when you’re feeling weak and are considering turning back. Without a community, you’re fighting the inertia of your current reality alone on a daily basis. But with a strong private council in your corner, you have momentum on your side and the wind at your back.
The most important key here is to consciously choose the people you’ll let into your community based on shared core values. Think about people that are on the path to a similar goal and vision as yourself, or those that have already done what you want to accomplish.
Rather than criticizing your big plans, they’ll cheer you on and remind you why what you want to do is possible.
Note: For further reading, I recommend this article on creating a private cartel.
Take a few minutes to read through each, then let me (or the author on the respective sites) know what you think. I’m off to look at my stomach and tell it that these classes and punishing workouts are for its own good. Have a great weekend!