Monday, September 17, 2018

Monday Motivation: It Doesn't Matter Where You Start, Just Start

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I can't even tell you how many times I've thought of quitting. If I got paid for every time I thought of myself as a 'loser', I'd already be enjoying a fat bank account and living my dream life as a gazillionaire philanthropist. Right this second I admit that I'm even thinking of deleting what I've typed so far and struggling with the all too familiar voice in my head challenging the worth of what I've set out to do. 

"No one cares. It's all been said before. You'll never make a difference. What you do has no impact. You are irrelevant..."

But I want to keep doing this. Writing is a need for me. It helps me, fuels me, and I feel even more miserable not being able to do it. The worst is when I talk myself out of doing it just because I feel like it's too late; that I haven't been doing it as much or as regularly as I should; that I've already lost so much time; that I'm already so behind

Haven't we all said those things before? I don't care if it has to do with being a better friend, spouse or parent; or about looking for a new job; exercising and reaching a healthier weight; saving more money; starting a new business, etc. It's highly likely you've had those thoughts before. 

Haven't we all self-sabotaged, even though deep down we knew we could still do something, anything?

As Nike says, Just Do It. 

Do something. Move with what ever energy level you have. Make anything out of what you have at this moment. Start from where ever you are, no matter how low, or how behind you feel you may be. 

Trust me, you will feel exponentially better if you just start creating without judging yourself. 

You don't know how much time you have left. Don't waste another second focusing on how inadequate you feel or perceive yourself to be. Just start something, somewhere and create. 

Create something, tangible or intangible, as long as it affirms who you are, or aligns with what you want to be. It may simply involve formulating a positive thought for yourself. It could be a small act of kindness. Perhaps it means finally making that dish you've always wanted to create and share; a DIY project; a poem, music, a photo or painting; an Excel spreadsheet organizing your finances; a journal entry...ANYTHING.

Perfection is not the objective, rather it's the process of simply finding the strength to take a step forward. It's to simply affirm to yourself that you still CAN. 

I know how crippling it feels to drown in negative self-talk. I know how it is to feel as if you are completely depleted and lost, clueless about where to go, what direction to take. What I've found is that in those dark moments, what you need is just enough will to simply choose to take one step forward. 

Pick up a pen. Write a word. Lift yourself off of the couch. Stretch your body. Take a full, deep breath. Strum one string. Call one friend. Fry an egg. Draw a line. Water a plant. Put away one dollar. 

Just one simple step, and the Universe will meet you somehow.

Start where you are no matter where that is. Know that every little positive thing counts. Every moment of action matters. 

 Act as if what you do 
makes a difference.     
It does. 
—  William James


  1. I know what you mean and I also know you are right. Don’t listen to anything as though everything is rigged in your favor!!

  2. We still need feedback, whether negative or positive, as long as it's constructive. But I agree. We have to sometimes fake it till we make it. We just have to keep moving! Thank you, Donna!


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