Inspirational Jam: “No Sweat”-Jessie Reyez

I’ve been listening to “No Sweat” by Jessie Reyez pretty much every day and I wanted to share it with you all as an Inspirational Jam!

This song may sound familiar to some because it is currently being used in Secret Deodorant’s Women’s World 2020 campaign for their products. And yes, I’m using it because I love it! “No Sweat” is all about women empowerment but it also serves as motivation for all to give your best and never settle for less. I love it so much that I’m using it as one of my warm-up songs when I teach my upcoming Zumba classes!

Check out the official campaign video below.

Words of Wisdom: “You Build Your Road With Your Words”-Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys delivers a powerful Words of Wisdom video on the power of the words we speak over our lives.

In this clip from Oprah’s Master Class, Alicia talks about how negative she was in her early career as far as achieving new heights. She used to tell her writing partner, Kerry “Krucial” Brothers, “Well, probably with my luck, we’re never going to do this or that.” It was funny to her but Krucial never understood it and called her out on it. “That’s how it’s going to be if you say it’s how it’s going to be,” he told her.

It was then that she realized that the things we say nonchalantly over our lives (“Oh, that probably won’t happen for me” Or IF that actually happens…”) has power. They reflect what we really think about ourselves, our abilities and our future. If our words and thoughts about the trajectories of our lives are negative, how could we ever truly produce something positive and successful? If we don’t believe in ourselves and our work, and keep downplaying ourselves, we probably won’t give 100% to it which affects our results in the long run.

I’m learning this and trying to speak more positively to myself and have a stronger belief in myself. Because honestly, if you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else?

Watch Alicia’s wise words below.

Inspirational Jam: “Glorious”-Ella Henderson

“Can we quit paying attention to opinions and perfections before we run out of youth? Oh, ’cause we got flaws in all of us, but that’s what makes us glorious…”

I wanted to share this Inspirational Jam from singer Ella Henderson for those like me who struggle with loving themselves as they are. I hope this uplifts you today and beyond!

When the official video for “Glorious” was released, Ella shared this on her Instagram which I think perfectly sums up the gist of the song:

“Self love & acceptance is something that I am still on my own personal journey with & I feel it’s so important for my fans & anyone to know that we will only ever be the best versions of ourselves once we fully embrace every part of who we are. Appreciate what you have, don’t dwell on what you haven’t. Surround yourself with real people who are only there for your best interests. Try to shush your inner critic & begin celebrating your strengths!

We make mistakes. We have flaws. We have physical, mental, and emotional things about us that we don’t like. I know I pick myself apart worse than any other critic out here ever could. I’m working on loving myself and learning that, even the things I consider flaws have their beauty. I have things to work on for myself, but I’m learning to love where I am right now. This song reminds me to continue that work.

Watch the video for “Glorious” below!

Words of Wisdom: “Dare To Be Different”-Sigurd Vedal

Here’s a powerful Words of Wisdom video from entrepreneur Sigurd Vedal to encourage y’all today!

In the clip, Sigurd talks about how most people settle for average while those who are highly successful go above and beyond. Successful people typically don’t fit in with a good bit of people around them because people don’t understand their commitment to higher standards and excellent work. But that’s okay. We should celebrate the fact that we are different in that regard.

I really felt this! This, in no way, is to make it seem like I’m better than people (clearly not), but I know that I hate doing average work or being involved in anything that’s not well put together. That’s how I’ve always been, which is why I HIGHKEY hate group projects because a lot of people are comfortable with doing the bare minimum to skate by. I used to feel like something was wrong with me because of that. But I get that it’s okay to want to do your best and operate at a higher level. Granted, I had to let some of my perfectionism go a bit, but I still give my all in what I do.

The same goes for all of you. Dare to be different in your execution levels and then find the right people who will support and encourage you on your endeavors and vice versa.

Check out Sigurd’s wise words below.

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Words of Wisdom: “Write Your Vision Down”-Steve Harvey

I wanted to share this clip from Steve Harvey with some Words of Wisdom about writing your life vision down.

In the clip, Steve talks about the importance of writing down your goals and the vision you have for your life. Without preaching to y’all, Steve mentions the Scripture passage Habakkuk 2:2-3 (paraphrase): “Write the vision and make it plain. So he who reads it will run to it, and even though it will tarry, wait for it. For surely it will come at an appointed time.

I’ve talked about the power of vision boards and how I used them before. Whether you do a vision board or just a list of things that you want to accomplish in your life, it’s powerful to see your goals written down in one place. For me, it’s motivating and even more encouraging when I actually knock things out. Seeing what I have accomplished and what I still want to do pushes me to go harder and do better to achieve more.

Check out Steve’s Words of Wisdom below.

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