"If it doesn't open, it's not your door."
I've had this quote as the screensaver on my phone for over a year now because every time I check my phone (which is pretty often), it reminds me that many things in life are out of my control.
As a perfectionist, I do need to remind myself of that regularly.
We all want things in life to turn out a certain way... OUR way... the way we think will bring us the most joy, pleasure, success, wealth, health ___________ (fill in the blank). Sometimes we REALLY think a certain situation is the best for us. It could be a job opportunity. A relationship. A certain type of diet. A house you want to buy. A particular workout program. All of these things represent possible doors that can lead to a future that you envision for yourself.
But somehow some of those things do not work out as you wanted. They don't go your way.
I have a habit of collecting motivating quotes. When I see one that I like, I either write it down, save it to my phone, or actually print it out and post it up on a bulletin board in my office.
Motivating quotes are...motivating. And motivation is GREAT. It gets you fired up and in the mood to do something awesome. But...it isn't enough to keep you on the road to success.
Many people think they aren't achieving their goals because they are not motivated. Or they think that they need to keep seeking out motivation in order to lose weight, get in shape, eat better or whatever it is they are wanting to do.
Motivation (or lack thereof) is not the problem.
A lot of times when we have goals...whether they are big goals or little ones...we get distracted from ever reaching them.
There are many reasons along the way of why we get distracted. Sometimes those distractions are because we have not set up intentions to really prioritize them.
This applies to any goal...health related goals like: goals of eating healthier, goals of losing weight, goals of getting in shape or committing to an exercise routine, or it can be lifestyle goals such as: areas of self-improvement, acquiring a new skill for a career change, or making an effort to improve your relationships.
This week I started flying lessons. No, not learning how to fly a plane. Trust me, I come dangerously close to knocking off the side mirrors on my car when pulling in and out of the garage…I certainly shouldn’t be flying planes.
What I mean is that I am learning how to fly by jumping.
Let me explain.
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Megan Ántoni Placa, MS, CNS