On Fridays I like to share experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant. I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life.
An important question. Have you ever gotten upset at a customer service representative, a waiter/waitress, a business you frequented, etc.? Certainly, you have. Your emotion in these situations was the result of having an expectation of quality or responsibility that was not met to the standards you expected. The question to ask yourself is whether you operate in this manner when it comes to yourself? Do you give yourself a bad review or mark and then make a change or do you just brush it off?
Personally, there are times when I don’t live up to my own expectations, meet a standard I’ve set, or plan or prepare as I know I should, and I don’t let myself off the hook. In these instances, I am not interested in giving myself grace, because I know deep down I could and should have done better. From there, I make corrections, but never let myself slide. I think this is an important concept, if you are going to be critical of other people and things then you must be as tough on yourself.
Advice I recently gave. I was talking to a young man recently about some troubles he’d been having. Some of these issues were centered around disparaging words that had been said to him by some of his social circle at school. I gave him some advice that I feel is important and worth sharing.
My belief is that you are either the type of person that can root others on and celebrate their successes or you are not. There is no third option. The people that cannot, will always find something about you, me, and everyone else to dislike. We cannot let this affect us because it is more about them than anyone else.
Those that are excited for others’ successes are the people you want most in your life. These people are confident in who they are and will never attempt to build themselves up by tearing others down. People who are happy for others when they do well also usually do well themselves. The next time someone says something that hurts or bothers you, ask yourself which of these two categories they fall into.
A workout I enjoyed. Recently, I towed my two youngest children behind me in a bike seat. I rode for a total of about three hours, and we stopped at a park, then for lunch, and finally at Crumbl Cookie so they could get a treat.
I really enjoy times like this because it allows me to get in a good workout while involving the kids in a way that makes them happy. We all get to enjoy nice weather, have fun, and make some nice memories with one another. Having two older kids as well, I know how quickly these times go away, so I try to cherish them while I can!
Something that serves me well. I was speaking to a patient last week that is running her first marathon. Runners often use mantras to help keep themselves going and she asked if I have one that I use. I told her that my mantra is simple, “I’m still in the fight.”
I will say this to myself throughout a race as a reminder that I’m still moving forward, enduring mentally, physically, and refusing to quit. This keeps me from feeling sorry for myself or letting my mind wander too much. I have also found this to be a great mantra at different times in my daily life. If I encounter an issue in my personal life, with my businesses, coaching, or anything else; I just tell myself I am still in the fight and continue to persevere.
Some quotes I love.
“Cowards die many times before their death. The valiant never taste death but once.” – Shakespeare (Julius Ceasar Act II, Sene II)
“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” – Roy T. Bennett
“Stop low balling your business to satisfy cheap people. They pay full price for Jordan’s and Michael Kors; they can pay you too.” – Wade Burdette
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