Thank you, Michael Phelps.

In working on my online appearance, I set out today to find a motivational quote. I found the following by Michael Phelps.

“There will be obstacles.
There will be doubters.
There will be mistakes.
But with hard work,
there are no limits.”

It got me to thinking about how much I can hold myself back if I let it happen.

“There will be obstacles.”

There are mornings that the snooze button is so tempting that I’ll roll over, and go back to sleep. Several times. I actually had to start keeping my phone in another room overnight, because I would repeatedly snooze my alarm and not get out of bed until the very last minute. My significant other actually wanted to kill me every morning when You Make My Dreams played at least 4 times.
There are days I just don’t feel like it. I started setting my alarm an hour earlier than I really needed to get up, because once I was walking to the kitchen to turn it off, there was no turning back. I might not feel like it, but my ass was already physically out of bed. What else was I supposed to do? Nap on the cold couch for 45 minutes?
There are days when emotional things happen. Some days, I’m sad. Have you ever been so sad or worried about something, that your stomach is in knots? You can’t focus on anything other than what’s bothering you? You didn’t get any sleep because you were so worried about this particular thing? Yea, that’s an obstacle I face more often than I’d like to admit.
There are days when my hair needs washed. All of the ladies know – this takes time. (Alright, alright. Do not judge me on that one. It’s a real issue.)

“There will be doubters.”

We are our biggest doubters. Should I say it louder for the people in the back? We are our own problem over half of the time. We get inside our heads, we give ourselves time for the task at hand to register, and we tell ourselves “I don’t need to do it today if I do it tomorrow.” I’m notorious for doing this.
When it comes to working out, I say to myself, “I’ll just have one more cheat day. I’ll start working out tomorrow. I have to get one last donut in before I can focus on getting healthy.” When it comes to writing, I’ll say, “I can’t think of anything good today. I’ll do it tomorrow.” When it comes to cleaning; ironically, The Food Network is always playing my favorite show when the bathroom needs cleaned. When it comes to work. my cell phone is usually sitting right in front of me, “I’ll just check Instagram for a few minutes and set that appointment afterward.”
Honestly, if anyone else in your life is doubting you (other than yourself), get rid of them. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.

“There will be mistakes.”

I just started a new job in January, and let me tell you… There have been mistakes. I’ve had my manager, her manager, the dispatcher (I work in trucking), someone from the dock, their mother, etc. at my desk coaching me. If I can admit anything about myself, it’s that I hate being coached. I want to know everything, and I want to know it now. I don’t want to learn it, I want to know it. I’m a fast learner for that reason.
It’s hard for me to accept when I’ve made a mistake, but we all have them! Making mistakes is the fastest way to learn.

“But with hard work, there are no limits.”

What matters the most is getting back up and trying again, regardless of how many times you’ve fallen down. Regardless of the obstacles or the doubters or the mistakes, we must persevere. We must all get through this life together.

The harder we work (on ourselves, on our relationships, on our society), the better the outcome will be.


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