Fall Down Seven Times, Stand Up Eight

2016 was the year where I wanted to quit EVERYTHING. I wanted to call it quits on my writing, on my 9-5, on my personal life, on my financial goals. In spite of people thinking the complete opposite, I felt like I had been working my tail off, and was consistently falling flat on my face.

I was being rejected left and right from new opportunities and pitches. My boyfriend and I were struggling to balance our hustles and time with each other, with both of us starting to feel slight. I was searching and searching and couldn’t find an affordable place of my own to live. And I had lost two of the most influential women in my life basically back to back. I felt incredibly stuck and also mad. And it was beyond just making me a little upset and discouraged. It was straight pissing me off and making me want to give up completely.

BUT…I couldn’t help but keep going.

Maybe it was the strong passion I had towards my goals or the fact that I hate quitting. Maybe I was just a straight fool, but I couldn’t stop. I told myself in 2017 that I would do what I needed to do to make life better all around. I was led to start work on this site, and the positive vibes from it helped get me together. I stopped pointing fingers and complaining so much, and attempted to do all that I could do. I prayed more and reflected, and worked on having a more positive mindset and being more about my life. I communicated feelings better with those around me and made more time for my personal life. And after every rejection or failure (because those definitely didn’t stop happening), I learned from it, picked myself up and kept it pushing.  And every now and then, God would give me a win to remind me where I belonged and keep me motivated.

I keep on falling and falling, but I always get back up. Fall down seven times, stand up eight. That is really times 100, but it’s real. You’re going to come up against some hard challenges and times when you seriously want to throw in the towel. But if you’re truly invested in making a better life for yourself all the way around, from professional to personal, you’ll get back up.

As cliché as this analogy may be, look at babies. When a baby is first born, he can’t even hold his head on his own, let alone try to walk or run off somewhere. But a baby’s curiosity and determination really, in retrospect, is something fierce. He wants to get moving on his own terribly. He starts with little things—rolling over, scooting across the floor, grabbing onto things to learn to stand. Then it’s the few wobbly steps and falls right on his butt. He’s laser-focused though, and keeps on falling down and standing back up until he finally gets it. Pretty soon, those steps are confident and smooth, and he even puts some speed on it and learns to run. However, all of that doesn’t come without its share of missteps, falls, and probably even bumps and bruises. But he picks himself up, learns from his mistakes, and keeps going because all he knows is that he wants to move forward. For real, for real, babies are crazy resilient like that.

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That’s how we have to be. We have to be so determined to move forward that even failures, mistakes, and rejections can’t deter us. If and when we fall, we don’t stay down too long. Matter of fact, after a while, you start to see failures as part of the process and it doesn’t phase you like it used to at all! But I know it still gets hard, so here are three ways to work through your failures:

  1. Remember that your delay is not your denial. Things may not happen exactly how you want to right now, but that doesn’t mean they never will. The only way that they DEFINITELY won’t is if you walk away for good.
  2. Throw yourself into your goals anyway. It can be building up your business idea, starting a new class to strengthen your skills, or even beginning counseling or meditation (mental/emotional goals matter too!),
  3. Find outlets to de-stress. There are going to be times when you’re completely irked and over it, but finding outlets to help you keep calm helps. Exercise. Hang out with family and friends. Whatever makes you happy and can take your mind off things sometimes.

Have you continually had to pick yourself up after failing multiple times? How did it pay off for you? Tell me all about it in the comments!

Imperfectly,

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Words of Wisdom: “Shine Your Light”-Lisa Nichols

This Words of Wisdom video from life coach and inspirational speaker Lisa Nichols is a must watch!

I’ve written before about not dimming your light for anyone and how it only hurts in the long run. Lisa speaks more on this subject, letting us know straight up that as we grow, other people aren’t going to be feeling it. “As your light gets brighter, you’re going to disrupt some people,” Lisa stated.

Why? People have insecurities and can be small minded. So they may shut down your ideas or vision, sometimes because of that, or even sometimes out of what they believe to be love and concern. Don’t be mad at them, and definitely don’t hold yourself back because of other people’s insecurities and limited minds.

Please believe, you have something good to offer this world. But you can’t do that if you’re out here constantly being swayed by what other people think. Instead, walk strong and confident in who you were meant to be! “You just look at them and say, “Well, I’m not going to dim my light. I’m just going to hand you some shades!” Preach, Lisa!

Watch her powerful words below…

Inspirational Jam: “Good Life”-OneRepublic

“When you’re happy like a fool, let it take you over
When everything is out, you gotta take it in…”

OneRepublic‘s “Good Life” is a great Inspirational Jam to boost your mood this morning!

This track is all about appreciation for life and making the most of yours while you’re here! It could be by spending time with your family and friends, traveling, going out on the town, etc. What matters most is that you make time to enjoy the life you’ve been blessed with. Yes, I believe you should be about your grind, but there definitely has to be balance.

With this song, OneRepublic also reminded me that, even when life isn’t completely perfect, it could still be a whole lot worse. So what do we really have to complain about? I’m committed to making the most out of my days, even when they don’t go exactly like I planned. How about y’all?

Check out the video below!

Inspirational Jam: “Bird Song (Unafraid)”-Jade Novah

“Picture with me, you’re alone in the sky. No one can touch you, you’re flying too high…”

 

Jade Novah may be known for her impressions of Beyoncé and other artists, but she’s also a very talented singer! I heard this song by her one day, and had to share it for this week’s Inspirational Jam.

Let’s be honest. We live in a world where being messy and mean gets a lot of laughs and likes, and it can be discouraging. Jade’s beautiful track “Bird Song (Unafraid)” focuses on us being unafraid to be and love ourselves simply as we are. No matter our skin colors, our sexual orientations, our sizes, whatever. Jade encourages us to live as birds in the sky, uninhibited by what other people say or think. I hope that it uplifts you all today!

You can get this song on Apple Music and other online outlets now. Take a listen to the track below…

 

 

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