#MondayMotivation

All right, y’all…it’s Monday, and most of us are off for Columbus Day today. Yet and still, I wanted to drop some #MondayMotivation to get you through the rest of the week!

I’ve experienced this quote from both ends of the spectrum. I’ve gotten caught up in the high moments of my life, as well as replayed the bad moments over and over. Neither did me any good. Focusing on the past moments don’t help you progress; it just keeps you stuck either way.

There’s an analogy that some of you may have heard of: the windshield versus the rear view mirror. When you drive, you’ve got a big windshield on the front of your car, and you’ve got a tiny rearview mirror. The reason the windshield is so large and the rearview mirror is so small is because what’s happened in your past is not near as important as what’s in your future. When I heard this, it kind of shook me a little bit!

I’m a true believer in the idea that what’s ahead of you is greater than what’s behind you. However, if you keep reliving the past, good or bad, you can’t truly move forward to what’s ahead. Your focus has to be on what’s in front of you, and all of the things that you achieve and do in the future. Continue to learn and grow, and make new successes and experiences for yourself!

 

Inspirational Jam: “Never Give Up”-Yolanda Adams

“And though it’s simple your idea
It won’t make sense to everybody
You need courage now if you’re gonna persevere…”

                                    —Yolanda Adams (“Never Give Up”)

Gospel legend Yolanda Adams delivered this motivating hit, “Never Give Up,” back in 2001, but the message obviously still rings true. When you have a vision for your life, and start really working on making it a reality, so many things happen. Some doors open…some slam right in your face. Some people support you, while others laugh or discredit you. It can be a real up and down journey, with the end far from sight.

However, as Yolanda sings on this song, it’s important that we keep our dreams alive and not be so afraid or discouraged at the bad moments that we give up entirely. I’d be lying to you if I said you’ll never have a moment of doubt or fear. I still have mine, and many others who you may look up to probably do as well. But, when you have a dream that you’re passionate about, your true life’s purpose, you can’t give up on it or yourself.  “Every victory comes in time…work today to change tomorrow.”

Watch the inspiring video below!

 

Words of Wisdom: “Own Your Mistakes”-Salma Hayek

Words of wisdom that I’m sharing with you all today come from the amazing and talented Salma Hayek!

In an interview a few years back with Bystander Revolution, the actress dropped some serious gems, one of which I’m glad to have learned at a young age. Salma strongly advised us all to own our mistakes in life. Mistakes, after all, are how we learn and improve in our personal and professional lives!

Check out Salma’s advice below!

I’ve made A LOT of mistakes of my own over my short time on this earth. Some when it came to school. Some when it came to my writing career. A good bit in my personal life, too. We all do. We all mess up. We all miss the mark. We all are imperfect. And it’s okay…as long as you’re working to correct your mess ups.

For myself, some of my many struggles over the years included procrastination, grudges, and attitude problems—each of which led to a good deal of issues. With these struggles, I made a lot of mistakes in my work and relationships, and had to learn the hard way in order to improve. If I hadn’t have made some of the mistakes I did along my path, finally owned up to them, and worked to do better the next time, I would’ve continued to excuse bad behavior, inconsistent work, and terrible discipline. So I’m glad that I made the mistakes I did, and actually learned from them.

So own up to your faults, your screw ups, your mistakes in life. Like I said, we’re all imperfect. We can only strive to be better each day, learning and growing from each fault as time goes on.

#MondayMotivation

Good morning y’all! Yeah, I know, it’s Monday morning and, already, you want to be back in bed. Here’s some #MondayMotivation to keep you forging ahead!

Let me tell y’all. No matter what you see online or on TV, at work, or wherever, there is no thing as a real overnight success. That’s why one of the things you have to let go of is comparing yourself to other people because you don’t know what they went through or how hard they worked to get to where they are right now.

This quote from retired soccer legend Pelé is so true. Success isn’t a coincidence. It’s no accident. It doesn’t just pop up after putting in a little bit of time behind the scenes. It comes with a lot of prayer, hard work, rejection, tears, networking, strength, and perseverance. A LOT. Trust me. And it’s constant. Once you even reach where you want to be, then you have to focus on staying there and continuing to advance. The struggle is very real, y’all.

[ctt template=”6″ link=”ex5pR” via=”yes” ]”Success isn’t a coincidence. It’s no accident.” [/ctt]

But what keeps you going, ultimately, is true love and passion for whatever it is that you are doing. Once you find that, continue to work at it, invest in it, study it, and grow. The success will come, but you gotta keep pushing y’all!

Inspirational Jam: “Well, Alright”-CeCe Winans

“There’s so much life to live for
Joy and happiness in store
There’s so much more that you can be
But you gotta ask and you’ll receive.”

                                                      — CeCe Winans 

This week has been a ROUGH one, but I’m keeping my head up. Hope y’all are too, no matter what may be going on.

I know it’s easier said than done, though. I can’t count how many times I wanted to throw in the towel, or how many times I cried and prayed for better outcomes…seemingly without any response. It’s hard sometimes to keep going in the midst of feeling stuck in one place, uncertain of the future.

Regardless of your belief system, this inspirational track, “Well, Alright,” from gospel legend CeCe Winans will uplift you in those dark times. The song is all about believing that a change is going to come for you in spite of what it seems like. It helps me to keep my faith up, knowing that greater things are in store for me. I hope it inspires you too.

Watch CeCe perform the song below!