Midweek Mojo: Get Started – March 21, 2018

Happy Midweek Mojo! 

You see a lot of Motivational Monday posts and that’s great to get you going for a Monday. Unfortunately, I have a “hare” mentality that I’m trying to correct. I’m strong out of the gate, but tend to flail about halfway. It’s a conscious effort on my part to try and change this. The tortoise was right, slow and steady wins the race. 

So in an effort to help those of us that need some additional weekly motivation, I offer a midweek mojo post.

Today’s quote comes from the great Mark Twain:

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

 

The hardest part is starting, am I right? This is where fear sets in and tries to derail us before we even get going. For me, when I start a new writing project, the beginning is always the clunkiest for me. I’m awkward and all over the place until after a while I can rein myself in and find my voice. But unless I start, I’ll never find my voice. 

Some are perfectionists. Circumstances must be perfect in order to get started. They use sentences like:

 

“I’ll wait until the kids leave home.”

“I’ll wait until I have enough money.”

“I’ll wait until I lose weight.”

 

I’ve used these last two quite a bit myself. Life becomes a bunch of I’ll wait’s and before you know it, time passes you by.

Life isn’t perfect and never will be. There will be no perfect circumstance. If there’s something you want to do or dream of doing, get started. Don’t wait. If you’ve only been half committed to something, hold your nose and JUMP! Commit fully if you want it bad enough.

Time is the one commodity we have that we can somewhat control and yet we can never replenish when it’s gone. 

We only get so many trips around the sun. Make sure you make the most of each and every single one.

 

The weekly mojo question:

What are you not starting because of fear or some other deterrent?

 

Write freely, love fearlessly, live intentionally,

 

 

 

 

Your Time is Limited…Quote of the Week – May 19, 2017

Steve Jobs was one of the last great innovative creators of our time (full disclosure: I am an Apple junkie!). His 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University is full of all sorts of quotable quotes, all of which are designed to motivate a new class ready to take on the world. But this one is my favorite of them all:

 

Does it get any more real than that? We’ve all heard “Life is short” and while that is true, it doesn’t really dig into the essence of what that means. It isn’t enough to know that life is short. It’s what you do between the dates that counts. Even more to the point, that what you do is what you love, not what some abstract “they” (whoever they are) thinks you should do.

Think about it like this: if you were to write your own eulogy today, what would you have to say? Would it make you happy? Would you have accomplished all that you set out to do before your final date on Earth arrives? Everyone’s definition of success is different. But it doesn’t matter what it looks like, all that matters is that it’s your definition. 

Steve Jobs knew all too well that his time was limited. And because of this knowledge, he lived his life and not someone else’s. I think it’s safe to say, we have all been touched in some way by his unwillingness to live someone else’s life. 

Are you living your best life? Are you living your life? If not, what are you waiting for? 

Happy Friday!

Write freely, love fearlessly, live intentionally.

Eliza