Sometimes I feel like life is going by quickly and I can’t find a pause button to get a grip on things. I do my best but it’s still not good enough. When this happens, it can lead to a downward spiral of feelings and thoughts of incompetence, impatience, lack of motivation from feeling overwhelmed, etc. When the pressure doesn’t ease up, the spiral can be magnified and if I am focusing too much on myself, I lose sight of everything else. Taking the focus off of myself and putting it onto something bigger than me helps to elevate my mood and inspire me to take action when I otherwise might not have.
For instance, these blog posts. Today I just wanted to crawl into bed and be done with the day, but I have this blog post. Some might say it’s ok to skip it; it’s ok because it’s my own self imposed challenge, or I shouldn’t be expected to write every day if I am not up for it. All of those notions defeat the purpose of what I am trying to do.
In life, it’s easy to just go along with what is happening in front of you. But, when you set a goal or in this case a challenge, there’s suddenly something very committing about it. Sticking to it, making it happen, is bigger than me. It’s a goal I’ve put out into the world and committed to doing and by doing it, I will learn something about myself and maybe you, too.
I could have ignored this commitment today and the world would not have cared, but I would have. I would have known that I let myself down and it would only make it easier to do in the future. These small scenarios portray what can happen on a larger scale as well. Instead of succumbing to the desire to crawl away, I remembered the reason I set this challenge for myself: to break this dry spell, to be brave and put myself out into the world no matter how I feel or think in the moment and no matter who is reading, and to inspire others to find their own voice and live to their maximum potential.
As soon as I reminded myself of the bigger picture and made this moment bigger than myself, that’s when I sat down to write. Too often we forget to do this by becoming overly consumed by our own lives. I see people stuck, depressed, wavering, and even lifeless. If you ever find yourself in this position, find a bigger purpose than yourself. Create one if you have to, like this blog challenge. Simply start looking beyond yourself and you will find the inspiration you need to get out into the world and live life to its fullest.
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