Motivational Mondays - Stop Talking, Start Doing
It's not surprising that when I do a search for motivational quotes, they're all about doing the work.
"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." - Walt Disney
"You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great." Zig Zagler
"Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going." Sam Levenson
"Action is the foundational key to all success." Picasso
"Yesterday you said Tomorrow" - Nike
"Do. Or do not. There is no try." Yoda
I think that last one really hits the nail on the head. Do. Or do not. Because if you aren't going to do it, why are you talking about it? And if you're talking about it, why haven't you started? You are in control of your life. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being happy where you are now, and that can be your job, your career, your weight, your relationship, whether or not you want kids, etc. Stop listening to what everyone else thinks you should or shouldn't be doing. But if the reason you keep talking about all these changes is because of some internal ambition or motivation, not because other people are pushing you to do it, then go do! (Seriously, stop living your life based on the opinions of others... everyone gets one life. They should be too busy living theirs to give you an opinion about yours. Last thing you want is to reach the end and regret you didn't do what you wanted to do because you were too busy living out everyone else's wishes.)
Do you have what it takes? How do you know?
Are you passionate about something? If you're at a party, and a particular subject matter comes up in conversation, are you excited to spill everything you know about that topic? Do you have to stay away from certain stores because it's your weakness and you know you're going to blow your budget in a matter of minutes? Are your friends afraid to ask you what you're working on, because they know that the moment they ask, you're going to spend the next hour or two talking about it? That's your passion. Even entrepreneurship is a passion. In fact, I'd say it's doubly a passion, because you're passionate about making a business out of your passion (at least that's the case with successful ones... if you're not passionate about what you're selling, don't bother). It's like an itch you can't scratch. I literally live/eat/breathe my passion. There aren't enough hours in the day for it. I keep going to bed late because I need to get just one more thing done. And one more thing. And one more thing. If you were to walk in my house right now, it's a total mess. I clean when I need room to work on something, or once it gets to the point where it really starts to bother me. I promise, it's nothing like a hoarder house, but I wouldn't exactly host a party tomorrow. It does not meet my standards of cleanliness. I have to force myself to stop what I'm working on and go clean, because otherwise it would never happen. When it comes to cooking, it's all prepped frozen veggies and slow cooker/instant pot meals. Only time you'll find me spending half the day or more in the kitchen is before holidays or a special celebration. In comparison, my mom is passionate about cooking. She spends most of her day in the kitchen, unless she's at a grocery store, and when she sits down, she's flipping through a cookbook. Her other passion is gardening, but guess what she's growing? Mostly food. If she ever wanted to start a business, I would suggest she do something that has to do with food. Maybe a Polish cooking show. In fact, my brother and I already have suggested that to her on a number of occasions. That is self-awareness, that's what it feels like, that's how you know what it is you love, and if you want to start a business, THAT's what it should feel like. Do. Or do not. Either one is okay, as long as you're happy about it!
Motivational speeches and quotes are only really there to help you get started, because you're having to fight that other thing called your comfort zone. I get that. Getting started really is the hardest part. Once you get the ball rolling, all you have to do is try to keep up.
Now I need to go get some cleaning done so I can go back to focusing on my work! Also, I need to find some better quotes because I fear I'm becoming redundant.