Do you ever get annoyed with inspirational quotes? The series of “you can do this!” quotes that inspire you to live a purposeful life that fulfills your passion?
The other day I was thinking about it and I realized it’s been a long time since I’ve read an inspirational or self-help book. Most of the time, in order to stay inspired with my epic fantasy novels, I’ve been reading thrillers and suspense.
Every now and then I’ll dip my toe into instructional business related books, but for the most part, I get my sound business advice from blog posts, webinars, and podcasts.
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I was browsing through the many emails in my inbox when one from the library made me pause. Here’s the deal, I’m always putting books on “hold” at the library. When they are ready for me to pick up, the library will email me and I’ll drive – or if I’m feeling healthy – walk the 0.1 mile walk to the library. That day’s email caught my eye because a book I’d put on hold months ago was finally ready for me to pick up. As you can guess, it’s one of the more popular books.
Hold up. You may be thinking. You’re already living an awesome life, why do you need to read this book?
Here’s what I’ve found. When I’m working and being completely awesome, sometimes it’s too easy to fall into a routine and forget the awesome things.
- I forget to practice gratitude and be thankful for the opportunities opening around me.
- I forget to say thank you to the amazing friends, business besties, and family I have in my life. There’s no reason for them to be there other than the simple fact that they want to.
- I forget that I’m pushing forward to a goal, and I’m so much closer than I was a year ago this time.
When I read books like You are a Badass or attend events like Creative Souls Tribe I’m reminded that I’m not alone in my journey from zero to smashing success. I can’t take things for granted, nor can I become content with where I am now. Although I get down sometimes, and the journey gets rough, I’m moving past the bumps, twists, and unexpected potholes, on to something greater.
There may be hills to climb that are much higher than expected. There may be problems that seem insurmountable. But I truly believe that you have the power to do whatever you want. You simply need to have the right mindset to keep pushing forward, to keep making great things happen.
There’s only a small difference between the people that have it all and the people who don’t. No matter how beaten down, how many failures, bankruptcies, and catastrophic events they faced, the people that are successful keep getting up and keep moving forward.
Sometimes when I fall down, it’s easier to stay down. I take care of a sweet baby girl on weekends, and she recently learned how to walk. Except she still preferred to crawl around the house on all fours. The problem was, whenever she’d stand up, she’d take one or two steps, and then fall down. When you know how to crawl, it’s easy to crawl. It’s easier to stay down there on the ground because walking it’s hard, and learning to do it is hard.
Life isn’t meant to be lived that way. We’re supposed to be up on our feet, growing taller, exploring, learning how to walk and how to run. One day, we’ll fly. But we won’t if we give up. We won’t if we fall down and stay down.
Reading inspirational books and seeing those quotes makes an impact in my life, because I’m reminded of those moments when I fall, because I’m learning something new. Instead of giving up, I need to stand, stop doubting my greatness, practice gratitude, and make it happen.
Many times, I’ve come to roadblocks that have encouraged me to take a different path. One of those has been with my business.
When I started out, I was an online marketer, working with companies and setting myself up as a marketing manager or assistant. I’d do the work an employee would typically do, expect I was a freelancer. From there, I started getting my own clients for websites and marketing work. Yet the more clients I worked with, the more wrong it felt.
Something was off, something just wasn’t me. It was that moment when I fell and I wondered if I should even get back up. It was in that moment I saw the fork in the road and realized I was on the wrong path.
Instead of hustling and searching for clients to do something I really hated doing for them, I needed to focus on things that I’m actually good at and that bring me joy.
Yes, I’m good at marketing, especially social media marketing. Yes, I can build you an amazing WordPress Website. Yes, I can be your content marketing manager and write for your company.
I’m myself when I’m free to write the words I see dancing in the air, that simply need to be put down on paper. It’s been a journey to finding my passion and purpose. I’ve made mistakes, I’ve been wrong, but I’ve never lost the ability to get back up and keep going.
What are you going to do to make yourself stop doubting your greatness?