What Are You Looking Forward To? – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 92

What Am I Looking Forward To?

There are quite a few things I’m looking forward to.  First off, I’m really excited about the upcoming school year.  Yes, I know the kids just got out of school, but I’m looking forward to the next phase of our life when all 3 boys will be in school.  It’ll be quite a few firsts – the first time all 3 will be in school together all day and the first time I will be in a kd-free zone all day.  I’ve been joking around saying I’m gonna have a party and go wild and crazy, but I am readay to see what life and my days will be like without any kids.

I’m also looking foarward to the possibility of hearing an amazing speaker this September.  A little challenge was posted our way and it’s a little bit of a tall order.  It’s going to require me to really get over my fears, step up and take chances.  When I keep that determined attitude that I know I have (since I’ve done it in the past,) there’s no reason why I can’t make the trip to Montreal to hear this person speak live and have the chance to sit down and speak with him on a personal level.

So, these are the two things I’m most looking forward to.  They’re coming up, so I’ve got to step it up.  I’m up for the challenge, and can’t wait to see what I accomplish.

Stepping it Up a Notch – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 74

Stepping Up

Today, I listened to a training that opened my eyes.  It was information I already knew, but for some reason, it got through.  Being comfortable is secure because it’s familiar, but you’re not progressing.  When you’re willing to take that chance, step it up and get uncomfortable, it’s amazing what happens.

There are some things in the works and I am excited to see how it all will unfold over time.  As always, it comes down to my efforts, actions and willingness to stay focused and get uncomfortable.  Let the temporary uncomfort commence and keep going until…

What Matters Most – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 66

Making the Main Thing the Main Thing

Life is pretty funny.  One day, things are great and you’re on top of the world.  The next, you’re looking at what matters most and you really start to reflect on important people and things.

We are granted this one life, and it’s up to us to live it to the fullest.  Many will do all they can to experience this amazing existence, while others stay guarded and are so afraid to take that chance.  What do you have to lose?  What’s the worse that could happen?  Do you want to live your life with regrets and what ifs?  Are others holding you back?  Do your fears take over?  Have you ever stepped back to look at where you are now and ask, if tomorrow were your last day or if you knew this was your last week, did you live a full life?  Would you be content?

Take a look in the mirror and ask yourself those hard questions.  Can you do that?  Can you be tough on yourself?  Everyone has a story; everyone has struggles.  Everyone has dealt with some sort of hardship, obstacle, life-altering event that either make us stronger or make us very guarded.  We are all flawed.  We’re human.  In all honesty, going with the crowd doesn’t make you unique – it just makes you a follower.

Are you willing to step outside yourself?  What matters most to you?  Every day, I see and hear so many people who are so unhappy with their lives, their current situation, and instead of taking charge and making things better, they choose to sit back, complain, and make excuses.

“I’ll do it tomorrow.”  
“Call me in a week.”
“When things settle down.”
“I’ve got to sleep on it.”
“I need to talk it over with…”
“It’s just not the right time.”
“You just don’t understand.”
“It’s different for me.”
“It’s easy for you.”
“I’m really busy.”
“That’s not for me.”
“I could never do that.”
“I don’t have the money.”
“I don’t have the time.”

Are you guilty of saying any or all these things at some point in your life?  After you said these things, did life miraculously get better?  Did anything change?  Did YOU take action to make those changes?  Are you still where you are instead of where you want to be?

What If?

What if tomorrow never comes?
What if you took that chance?
What if it really worked?
What if that phone call was the answer you were looking for?
What if you were willing to go against the grain and step outside of yourself?
What if you believed in yourself?

Remember, nothing changes if nothing changes.

PS:  I’m not exempt from any of this, nor do I put myself in a high regard.  I include myself in this equation as well.  I’m just as flawed as everyone else and I have to ask myself these same tough questions.