Did you know that I’m part horse?
Besides a great whinny (fantastic whinny, really), I have coarse hair, a large skeleton and I spook easily. And nothing spooks me more than when I look at my life in relation to others. All it takes is one peek to the side for me to start panicking. Gets me every time. Damn. Comparison and panic have lost me many a race. At this point you’d think I’d have been pulled off the track and turned into glue.
But since I’m not ready to be glue yet, I took a week off from blogging and crafted some nifty blinders instead:
Blinders are essentially eye screens that prevent horses from looking sideways or behind: the two directions I look the most!
Do you tend to look around and compare yourself to others?
I know I do. And then I immediately feel discouraged and want to give up. Looks like I have my work for the year cut out for me….
For the past couple years I’ve picked out one word to focus on. Typically this word is an action that I really suck at. In 2014, my One Word was “Unafraid.” That word truly pulled me out of a rut. Score! In 2015, my One Word was “Fine-Tune,” and I’m happy to say that I experienced improvement in many areas.
This year, my word is PERSEVERANCE, a word inspired by this encouraging quote my cousin shared on Facebook:
Sometimes it feels like the best things in life are given to people who are lucky or just happen to be in the right place at the right time. Thanks to the encouragement of Mr. Smith (and his recent post), I know this to be most untrue. If someone has awesome things in their life, it’s because they worked hard and never gave up.
With that said, it’s time I stop looking around and run my OWN race without comparing my progress or pace to others. But if I want to keep going without giving up, I’ve daily got to put on my blinders.
Once I slip these babies on, it’s time to focus on what’s ahead and move one step at a time.
My friend, Steve, recently put it this way:
Don’t dwell on the big picture. The big picture might change. Instead, focus on the stepping stones immediately ahead of you.
As someone who has never been a big picture person, I found this tidbit of advice to be a HUGE load off my shoulders. Currently, I have NO IDEA what the big picture for my life is. However, I have a pretty good idea of the stepping stones in front of me and I plan to rock (pun intended) the hell out of them.
Are you hoping to Persevere in 2016, too? Then let’s:
Put our blinders on.
Run our own race.
Move ahead one stepping stone at a time.
Take a deep breath, smile and enjoy our place in the journey.
Here’s to not giving up and in not giving up moving further ahead than we ever dreamed!