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Hoping that today’s #MondayMotivation from actor Leonardo DiCaprio pushes you to be greater today and every day!

I’ll be honest. The past few weeks have been a little rough. Just very busy with a lot to do and I was mentally and physically drained. Any free time I had was carved out for Netflix and sleep. I had no energy to do much else. And Imperfectly B fell by the wayside.

In looking at this quote, I remembered that this life was I asked and prayed for. I prayed for a new job that would be fulfilling and challenging. I prayed that my writing career would take off to a new level. And it’s all happening now. BUT it requires a different me. It requires a tougher, more dedicated me. It requires pushing through, even on the days when I’m over it. So I’ll have to squeeze in a short power nap, turn off my wonderful Netflix, and get back on track.

New levels in your life require a better and stronger you. Even the energy and work you gave before might not be enough. So when you get that new job, or your side gig starts taking off, it’s time for self-evaluation. Ask yourself, “What is currently working for me and what can I be doing better? How can I be more efficient and consistent?” Once you discover those answers, work to apply those changes to your habits and patterns.

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Man oh man, I know about this #MondayMotivation quote from author Helen Keller all too well. It’s a tough one to swallow, but it’s one we all need to read.

Building your character, strength, and success doesn’t come easy in the least. You may think that it comes from your wins, but, most of the time, it comes from your rough times. Your trials are what truly strengthens you for what’s ahead and helps to teach you and allow you to grow. You may be down for a while. You may have to cry some days. However, your trials and hard times help to build up humility, perseverance and endurance for the road ahead (victories AND trials).

I wouldn’t have been able to handle some of the problems that came my way recently if not for previous trials. It’s hard when you’re going through them, but, in the long run, that’s how you develop your mental toughness and muscle for the future.

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Kicking off another week with some #MondayMotivation!

I love this quote from the late country singer and businessman Jimmy Dean (yes of Jimmy Dean Sausages!), and it’s so true. The storms of life are inevitable; you’ll be hit with hard times and setbacks, often times when you least expect it. And it can be tough. Super tough.

You may not be able to change what’s going on around you, but you can change a few things about yourself. One, you can change how you react to them. You can choose to be better, not bitter, and try your best to maintain your joy and positive attitude in the midst of a storm. It’s not easy, but it can be done. You can also change how you work through them. You can change up your work process, or how much time you commit to a project or outside activities.

Life is all about constant adjustment to obstacles. Don’t get so caught up in the bad that comes your way as you work towards your goals. Adjust your attitude about it and your actions, and keep working on your dreams!

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Love this quote from poet Ezra Pound, so I definitely had to share it for this week’s #MondayMotivation!

This one is real, real simple. A little too simple, but real. In this life, you either make moves or you’re gonna get moved around. Pushed around really. If you don’t make plans towards your own career, your health, your finances, etc., you’ll be moved by something or someone else for the rest of your life.

If you don’t start making progress towards bettering your health, and keep eating whatever you want with no exercise, it’ll catch up to you. If you keep spending however and wherever on whatever you want, you for sure will be struggling out here. And career? Pshhh. Settling will get you pushed around at dead end job after dead end job.

So, if you haven’t been making moves of your own to better your life, get started TODAY. Don’t wait until next week,  or even the New Year to try to get your life together. Start now. Or don’t be upset when things don’t go like you want.

 

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Taking this #MondayMotivation quote from Hillary Clinton to heart!

So many of us HATE criticism from anybody, so often calling it as “hate” because it’s not in our favor. And, sometimes, it very well is, and we should let it roll of our backs.

However, a good amount of time, a “hater” is merely somebody trying to offer you constructive criticism that you can use to become better at whatever it is you’re doing.  Case in point, in my early writing days, my blog posts truly showed my age and immaturity. I wrote using a lot of “LOLs” and other internet slang and abbreviations. There’s nothing wrong with it every now and then, but I was doing it a lot and, looking back, it makes me cringe a bit. One day, a reader schooled me saying something to the effect of, “Great post but cut out all of the LOLs…it’s like reading my daughter’s text messages.” Well, dang!

But that reader was right. In order for me to be taken seriously as a writer, I had to up my game. That one little comment in my first year of The Spotlight forced me to take my writing to another level. I have done so ever since, learning new things when it comes to creating content each year. If I had dismissed that person as a hater, I don’t think I would’ve gotten as far as I have as early as I have when it comes to my freelance career.

None of us are perfect, and, sometimes, we need to be made aware of mistakes we don’t even know we’re making. If you really feel like there’s absolutely no merit, then no sweat. Let it go in one ear and out of the other. But, if you can reflect and find even an inkling of truth in another person’s criticism, try your best to take note and learn from it. Constructive criticism will ultimately make you better if you allow it!