Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart – Roy T. Bennett.
Just a few days ago my outlook on life was a little abysmal. I felt left behind, like I wasn’t striving forwards the way I want to be. And then this morning, I woke up and there were clear skies; the sun was shining, and I went for a “run”. Okay, a jog. With lots of walking intervals. That’s when the idea for this blog post hit me square in the face, blinding me like the morning sun. It’s very bright today. My entire outlook on life is completely different today. I have a huge to do list and I’m feeling pretty positive that I will get the majority of it done in all honesty.
I think the biggest part of my entire 360 is not comparing my journey to others. You’ve heard this one before, over and over again by many, many people who are way ahead in their field of choice, and more than likely by the people who love you too. I went on my blog’s home page and was flicking through all of my recent posts and I am so proud of them, and myself. I really love the content, both written and photographic, and I have been really consistent recently. Yes, I get a little jealous of other people who seem to be leaps and bounds ahead, but I reign that little fella in and focus on my own achievements. They may be doing XY and Z, but I too am doing XY and Z, just a different version.
That is the biggest thing to do when trying to have a more positive outlook on life…
DON’T COMPARE YOUR LIFE TO OTHERS
I will repeat that until the end of time, or at least until the end of this blog post. I know people who are married with kids at my age. I also know people who have travelled the world twice over. I follow incredible women who have their own business, as well as those who are definitely heading that way whilst juggling it alongside a full time job. It doesn’t matter where we are in the spectrum of journeys as long as we focus on our own pathways and enjoy the ride.
Come to think of it, I think I’ve written this kinda post before. *Insert crying laughing face and face-palm emojis here* I distinctly remember writing go outside or get outside, whilst I was tucked up under a blanket, not taking my own advice. But, this morning, I actually did! I jumped out of bed (after scrolling through social media for thirty minutes), threw on some gym gear and stepped outside with only my keys in hand. Yep. No phone. I don’t mind the cold when it’s sunny. It’s the miserable grey, wet weather that I hate at this time of year. Even so, it is always good to get that fresh air in your lungs and clear your mind. You never know when the new ideas are going to hit you – usually when you’re outside with no access to pen and paper.
TAKE A SOCIAL MEDIA BREAK
Social media is amazing in so many ways, but also the bane of our lives. We can’t live with it and we certainly can’t live without it. How did people cope years ago? Oh, wait. They had actual face-to-face conversations with each other without getting distracted by their phone. I am the first to admit that I do this all the time. I’ve gotten better at it though. We don’t need to prove to others that we’re enjoying our life when we’re the ones who are living it. And yet, an entire population needs validation from taps of strangers worldwide. It is a crazy concept. And so, taking a break from that is really good for the mind and soul. It also allows for a renewal of energy.
Let these three small things be your Monday motivation because they have definitely been mine today! I get that not everything can be solved by doing this, but if we each do something positive for ourselves every day then that’s a good thing, right?
Love, Faye xo