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It’s About Effort

It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs.  – Jillian Michaels

It’s funny, or maybe it’s ironic that today it’s all about effort, when today, I actually thought about throwing in the towel. Yep, I am giving serious thought to being done with all the positive thoughts, the website, the twitter – all of it.  Why? Because it’s hard work, and I don’t feel like it’s doing it's about effortmuch of anything for anybody, except for stressing me out for posting so late at night!

But guess what?  Life isn’t always easy. In fact it’s hard work at times.  It’s hard work most of the time. Life is about work and it’s about effort. What it’s not about, or what it shouldn’t be about is validation from others. Nor should it be about what’s easiest.  It’s great when things are easy, but what’s more important is not giving up when it gets hard.

That being said, sometimes there are choices to be made, and if it’s about effort, it’s also about deciding how to prioritize and focus your effort.  You’re only human, and so am I and sometimes of effort may have to be directed elsewhere, and that’s where I am right now.  It’s all about effort, and trying your best, and I’m going to do my best to focus on what I have to get done, and direct my effort where it is needed.  And I’m reminding myself that I’m not perfect and I’m not super mom/super teacher/super blogger.  Until I get myself unburied from the roadblock that life dumped on me (not in front of me) I’ll to my best to post every day, and on the days I’m super late, or don’t post at all, I’m going to forgive myself.

Not the Then but the Now

The past does not define you, the present does.
– Jillian Michaels

Who you were and what you did are in the past.  It’s not the then but the now that matters. If you’ve made mistakes in your past, it’s okay.  When you think about it, who hasn’t messed up at some point in the past.  You have to move forward from them and create a new and better future for yourself.

not the then but the nowI make mistakes all the time.  I sometimes look at my own kids and wonder how in the heck they turned out okay because I messed up a lot as a parent. But every time I made one of those parenting mistakes, I had to make a decision.  I learned from it, and I moved on.  The learning is the big piece.  Learn from your past, if something worked, do it again.  If it didn’t work, figure out why, how you can fix it and move on.

I know, you’re probably thinking there are some things in the past that are too big to come back from.  I really don’t think that’s the case.  No matter what the mistake, if you’re truly repentant and do your best to make amends, you’re good.  Will everyone forgive you?  Probably not, but you’re not living life to get approval and acceptance from others. Well you shouldn’t be, anyhow.  Life your life for you.  Let go of the mistakes that you have made.  Don’t get mired in the past.  It happened, and it’s over. Let it go and move on.  Who you are now and what you’re doing now define you. Not what you may do in the future, and not what you did in the past.  It’s not the then, but the now that matters.  Make it count.

Define Yourself – Challenge Day 8

Define Yourself – Challenge Day 7
by Tracie

The past does not define you, the present does.
– Jillian Michaels

Think back to when you were a little kiddo.  Who you were then is not who you are now.  That’s the amazing thing about who we are.  We get to choose.  Your past is just that, it’s your past.  If you don’t like who you were, then you get to change it and be the person you want to become.  It may not be easy, but if you want it bad enough, you can do it.

There are so many people who don’t get that.  They think that they’re stuck in the same place and nothing will ever change that.  The make their present a mirror image of their past.  I say break the mirror, and create a new present.  It can be anything you want.  You can do it. You have the power.  You don’t have to limit yourself to your past, and you can craft your new future.

Are you participating in the 30 day positivity challenge?  If so, sound off in the comments and share your positive thoughts and what this quote is saying to you.  Or you can share your thoughts on the facebook page or on the live journal community.

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