Some weeks ago, I sensed a burnout coming. I was running in so many different directions trying to do different things at work, with my writing, with this site, with my workouts. I realized that I was trying to keep up with the Joneses a little bit when it came to my schedule. I noticed other bloggers, influencers, and fitness enthusiasts doing certain things and tried to make all of that fit into what I was already doing. Needless to say, that quickly failed, y’all. Nothing was really getting accomplished like I wanted because I was trying to do so much.
I really forget sometimes that I’m only one person. There are 24 hours in a day and yes, a lot can be accomplished if you stay focused. But everything can’t be done in one day by just one person. I was piling on stuff for the site and my other writing projects and seemingly forgot that I still work a 9-5 and have other commitments during the week.
So, as I looked over my goals for the rest of 2019, I knew I had to get more realistic with these to-do lists of mine. I had to say to myself, “Okay, Brittany, what can you absolutely get done in a day or in a week?” And, since no two days are the same in each week, I had to see what was the best day/time for certain tasks like batching posts or working out. But this whole huge task list I had each week was getting me nowhere.
In my B Intentional post, I equate working towards your goals as coming into battle. You have to have a clear strategy as to what you plan to do each day to make progress. But it also has to be practical. Instead of doing two-a-days every day at the gym like I saw another fitness enthusiast doing, I had to stick to one workout a day, do my daily walks, get my nutrition together, and really trust the process. Instead of writing posts for Imperfectly B every day, I had to start carving out time during the weekend when I had more availability to batch and schedule posts. Plus, I can no longer do all-nighters. I’m pushing 30 and I NEED SLEEP.
Two to three tasks towards your dream that you can realistically accomplish in a day beat seven or eight on a list that just makes you feel good when you look at it. Like you can really get all of that done. Most times, you only end up doing a few anyway. Be realistic about what you can do with your given schedule. It’s okay to move slowly as long as you keep moving.
So, if you’ve never watched a motivational video or heard a word from Eric Thomas, I strongly suggest you do so. This Words of Wisdom clip may be a harsh one but I’m hopeful that it will give somebody the push they need to start taking personal responsibility for themselves in their dreams.
In life, it’s easy to blame your circumstances on other people. I know because I’ve done it. When things weren’t going well for me, I blamed my job, my bosses, family, God, literally everybody around EXCEPT MYSELF. I never looked at what I was doing wrong and what I could do better to erase the challenges in my life. “Here’s where you know you have an ego problem. When you keep facing a challenge, year after year after year, and it’s not being resolved, it’s probably you,” Eric shared. In this clip, he speaks on the importance of taking personal responsibility for the role you play in your circumstances.
That was me from 2013 to around 2017 and I didn’t even realize it. This was one of the HARDEST lessons I had to learn. Instead of pointing the finger at others for why things weren’t going right in my life, I had to look inside myself. I had to be honest and see what I could be doing better or what I needed to give up to reach my highest potential instead of just pointing the finger. I hope y’all do the same.
“I’m never giving up, man, I am a soldier…We winning, winning, winning, winning over and over…”
This Inspirational Jam today by musical group American Gentlemen is my new favorite track.
I don’t remember which show I heard “Greatness” in recently but I loved it from the snippet. The song is about having the perseverance and drive to ultimately show your skills and what you can bring to the table. It’s definitely a push for me right now because I have moments of doubt and writer’s block. This is motivation to lift up my head and keep going. I hope it does the same for someone else out there.
I love this Words of Wisdom clip from motivational speaker Inky Johnson. I hope it pushes y’all today and beyond because it really has for me.
In this clip, Inky talks about how hard work is undefeated. He mentions that someone who is busting their tail to get better will always top and overshadow someone who’s just kind of working. Basically, you can tell how hard somebody is working by their results. There should always be some kind of growth, no matter how small. The numbers should be going down on the scale or in your measurements. The views should slowly be increasing. The business should be moving. The work should be getting better. Because of that, you have to have the mentality that you are going to put in the work regardless of how you feel.
I don’t ever want to work myself to the point of breakdown (I have in the past and it’s not cool). However, big dreams require big sacrifices. Big goals require hard work and don’t let any other blogger, speaker, influencer or whoever tell you any different. You can’t give all you got just when you feel like it. You can’t give 20% or 30% percent all the time and expect changes to happen for you. It takes consistent hard work to get where you want to be. I’m a witness on that. Hard work really is undefeated.
“Look out ’cause here I come and I’m marching on to the beat I drum. I’m not scared to be seen. I make no apologies…this is me…”
So I have never seen The Greatest Showman, but it’s on my list. Especially because Zendaya and Zac Efron are in it. I saw the live rehearsal version of this song and was moved to tears for real. I had to make it the Inspirational Jam this week.
“This Is Me” is led by Keala Settle (Lettie Lutz) alongside the ensemble cast. In the film, she, along with this group of circus performers, have been misjudged and characterized as freaks. However, the troupe makes no apologies for they are, and refuse to dim their light because it makes others feel uncomfortable.
I love it because it relates to real life. We can sometimes let the words and actions of others, or even our own simmering insecurities, makes us shy away from who we are and what we’re meant to do. I challenge you, as I continue to challenge myself, to stand up proudly and march to your beat. Drown out any naysayers, or even those little doubts in your head. Be yourself, and do what you were meant to do.
Watch the official lyric video for “This Is Me” below!