Whoa. Talk about mind-blowing. That quote just about sums up my journey and how I’m feeling – thought I’d try to put into words a few things about being the work in progress while also simultaneously feeling like you are a masterpiece to this world (you are)!
(Also, T minus three days ’til weigh-in! Who’s ready?! Not me.)
1. Setbacks are temporary.
I’ve had my share of setbacks this summer, heck, this week, but I remind myself consistently that I never got anywhere standing still. Setbacks may be motion backwards, but open the door for opportunity to move forward. The key is to not dwell in the setback. It is a pause, but don’t let it be the period on your story.
2. You define success.
It doesn’t define you. You determine what your goals are, when you reach them, and how consistent you are. Your success is not defined by someone else, by the media, or by Facebook. If you woke up, hit your goals, and were true to yourself, then that’s all the success you need (and a good hair day always helps).
3. You are complete.
There is nothing in this life that makes you more valuable than another. Losing weight, gaining weight, short hair, long hair, body confidence, self-esteem, fill in the blanks, none of those things complete who you are as a person. You are valuable and have worth simply because you are you. Everything else you do is a mere enhancement to what you already are. Believe that and own it.
4. Excuse your excuses.
Show them the door. Or make them and move on. We all have every reason to not do the things we want to do or not hit the goals we have for ourselves. Heck. I’ve made about 85 excuses this morning (like choosing to write first instead of running). Have all the excuses you want, but nail that to-do list anyways. If complaining is your jam, do it. But paint your canvas anyways. Maybe you don’t have top of the line paints or the lighting isn’t right, but Rome wasn’t built in a day and Zac Efron is just about the only thing that was born with god-like tendencies. You’re not him and you’re not Rome, so make it happen, cap’n.
Life is too short to worry about all the things you should have done. I could spend my time lamenting all the things this year that could have been (and some that were) my undoing for a long time, but progress doesn’t happen if I close that door.
You’re a masterpiece already, but time to paint with your own brush.
And now I’m off to run…