There’s just something about 2018 that makes me so excited!
I can’t seem to put my finger on it, but I feel that there’s a sense of greatness that will come with this year.
Now that January is in full swing, I’ve taken a few steps back to reevaluate my life. Sometimes when I’m feeling blue, I flip through a handful of old quotes or rewatch an inspiring video to give me a stiff kick in the tush.
For those of you who are familiar with the magnificent Denzel Washington, you’ll know that he is a true talent. His acting, wisdom, and personal story of triumph are all things that are greatly admirable. In true Denzel fashion, as he accepted yet another prestigious award in Hollywood, he shared a few beautiful lessons that we should all remember during tough times.
Take a look
Without commitment, you’ll never start.
But more importantly, without consistency, you’ll never finish.
It takes great courage to set your mind to an idea or a task. But what’s difficult, is being disciplined enough to see it through.
I encourage you to look within the depths of yourself and identify something that you’ve always wanted to do. Better yet, think of something that scares you. Promise yourself that this year, and for the many that follow, that you will pursue this dream or goal.
While your ideas are flooding in, make a plan and write it down. Put this goal and strategy in a clear place where you can see it and hold yourself accountable. Just like you instinctively brush your teeth in the morning or fasten your seatbelt before you drive, ensure that you make this goal your new habit.
If it was easy, there would be no YOU.
If success were easy, everyone would be doing it. There would be no celebrities or idols for us to aspire to one day become. But what we often forget is that there is no one in this world that is a better you than you.
If life were easy, you wouldn’t have a unique story to tell. I know, I know. You may not think that your life is “important enough” or “unique enough” to have a story. But believe me, you do. Every breath you take, every memory, experience, and hardship are all a part of what makes you an incredible person.
Stay true to who you are and more importantly, never stop believing in yourself. After all, every pro was a rookie first — Every pro was once an amateur. Every expert was once a beginner. So dream big. And start now…yes, right now.
Keep working. Keep striving. Never give up.
When you first learn how to ride a bike, you need training wheels and a hell of a lot of patience. You fall a few times, scrape your knees, and may even shed a few tears. But after you fail, you pick up your bike and try just one more time — until eventually, you get the hang of it. Before you know it, you’re cruising around the neighborhood and throw off those rusty wheels.
Life is no different. It’s never easy and you’ll be thrown many curveballs, but you have to keep at it with that same child-like attitude. Keep trying and never get up.
Fall seven times, stand up eight.
This is an age-old saying that continues to hold its truth. It is totally acceptable to fail. And you should. Embrace failure because truly, it should be your best friend. Could you imagine winning at everything on your first try?! I mean, it would feel incredible for a while, but it nowhere compares to the feeling of accomplishing something that you’ve been working on for a LONG time.
Embrace the falls and look forward to standing up again.
Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship.
What makes life so interesting is that it’s not a piece of cake. Ease doesn’t help you grow. Repeat after me. Ease. Does. Not. Help. Me. Grow.
It’s the tough times and the things that break you into a million pieces that make you resilient. So run towards the things that scare you and embrace the challenges that find you along the way.
They end up being great plot twists in the story that you’re writing.
See you at work
I see you, my friend. I see you working hard and trying to be the best version of yourself. I want to let you know that I see your tireless work and I’m running right beside you. This year I will be pushing myself beyond my limits and testing my resilience. I’ve committed to some scary goals that frankly, make me sweat a little. And that’s exactly how it should be.