How many time have you heard someone say the following:
- “Do your best!”
- “Give 100%!”
- “You must give it your all!”
I’m sure you have heard those cliches numerous times. While they are meant to be encouraging, they can also be discouraging. You might be thinking to yourself, “How is that?” Well, here is the reality. Your “100%” can vary from day to day, based on a number of factors. If you think that you have to be at what is your “best day 100%” every day, you are likely setting yourself up for disappointment. Your best day does not occur everyday, so for you to perform at the “100%” of your best day, everyday, is unrealistic and self defeating. However, you can realistically perform at 100% everyday based on how you are feeling or what you are going through for THAT PARTICULAR DAY! You can be the best you can be for that particular situation. It may not be your all time best, but it is your best for that moment!
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I recently watched a video of motivational speaker Les Brown; he instructed the audience to say “Good things are supposed to happen to me.” He recommended that the audience say this to themselves daily. Brown then went on to say we tend to expect bad things to happen to us, so we need to affirm the positive. Affirmations are designed to change our subconscious thoughts by constantly referring to them in our conscious minds. Our subconscious impacts us in ways we are unaware of. We tend to have thought patterns and experiences in our past which, if we are not aware, can undermine our conscious efforts to do better in the present.
So what happens when we start to internalize the message that “good things are supposed to happen to me?” Does that mean everything we pursue will happen? Of course not! Does it mean that you won’t be disappointed? Absolutely not! This message is rooted in your faith in a higher power (God) and yourself. People who believe good things will happen for them will start to become more perceptive of opportunities. They will tend to attract those good people who genuinely can help them.
There is a flip side to this type of thinking. If you truly believe good things are supposed to happen for you, then you will believe that if something doesn’t happen, it just wasn’t a good thing. I’ll keep it real with you, sometimes this is a hard pill to swallow if you are in a desperate situation or have tried repeatedly at something. It’s ok to feel disappointment, but we can’t let it keep us down. In this day and age, we have many opportunities to overcome our circumstances and do well. It can happen when we exude a faithful, positive mindset, with efforts to match.
Fear is ok, but don’t let it prevent action!