It absolutely hurts my heart to see so many capable, dynamic women who are wasting their talents every day. I get comments and emails about what people are planning to do – and I see people being stuck in their comfort zones with fear of failure holding them back.
If you were upset about Troy Davis, you should also be upset that you’re not living in your full potential. It’s sad that he’s dead and gone, but what about you? You’re still alive and breathing, yet you’re not doing everything you can to live life to the fullest.
Don’t waste your God-given gifts by continuing to play small. Take at least one step today to get closer to your dreams.
This mindset ties into the inherent belief that we aren’t good enough. Let me ask you – why aren’t you good enough? Exactly as you are? What changes do you believe you need to make in order to be a successful person?
If you’ve not received any other message I’ve written about, please believe me when I say – you’re good enough, just as you are, to reach your dreams. You’re not broken. You don’t need to be fixed.
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Do you remember the saying, “I love you like a fat kid loves cake”? Well I was that fat kid referenced and at 31 I am, unfortunately, still in love with cake. The irony is that I’m not crazy about cupcakes. They’re almost the same thing, but it’s that difference that makes me love cake more.
On Sunday I went to Sprinkles Cupcakes in Georgetown, out of a craving for sweets and out of curiosity over the cupcake craze. Since I don’t watch TV I haven’t been watching the cupcake bakery phenomenon unfold via the Cupcake Wars show. People here keep raving about Georgetown Cupcakes, but the line snaking up the block has always discouraged me from giving the bakery a try. So I was a bit surprised that there was another cupcake bakery right around the corner that also had a long line (less daunting) and that my friend raved about with as much enthusiasm. All in all I loved the cupcakes I bought (red velvet, key lime and vanilla hazelnut chocolate…key lime was my favorite, vanilla hazelnut chocolate could have had a stronger flavor).
Munching on all that sugar got me to thinking – who is the founder of Sprinkles? If they’re “the original cupcake bakery” (note: I found references to Manhattan’s Magnolia Bakery, often credited for starting the so-called “cupcake craze” in the 1990s), how’d the owner get started? So today I present my newest She-ro, Candace Nelson.
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In January I wrote about setting a theme for the year, as opposed to setting resolutions. I’m really happy with that decision and I think it worked well for me. I can truly say 2011 has been epic for me – and just think, it’s not over yet!
Do you feel the same?
If not, here are ways to make sure you get it in with the time we have left.
Don’t Beat Yourself UpIf you haven’t gotten as far as you wanted to go thus far, dust yourself off and keep pushing. Now isn’t the time to beat yourself up or hold a private pity party. You don’t have time to waste on that. Instead, take a deep breath and start from where you are right now. Besides, beating yourself up feels like discipline, but it’s really not. After your emotions turn negative, it’s harder to get back on track. So don’t derail yourself further by beating yourself up.
Redefine Your FocusI find that the later it gets in the year, the easier it becomes for me to lose focus on my priorities. It’s incredibly easy for family, work and social commitments to get in the way of my chief aims. If this is true for you, now is a good time to cut back on doing those things that aren’t helping you get to where you’re trying to go. It’s okay to say no and put yourself first, really it is. And with the months we have left in 2011, the more you stick to your main focus it’s more likely that you’ll reach your goals before the year is over.
Edit Your PlansIf you sat down in January and planned out the year, now is the perfect time to reevaluate those plans to make sure you do everything necessary to reach the finish line. You can reallocate your time and resources and decide whether some goals are still attainable – or if some of your goals will be accomplished in 2012 instead. This way, you can account for all the unexpected changes you’ve had this year (without beating yourself up!).
Celebrate How Far You’ve ComeI admit that I’m not good at celebrating the milestones to my goals. When I’m feeling pessimistic about my progress, it’s easy for me to minimize what I HAVE accomplished and not celebrate the successes that I’ve already experienced. Take time out to pat yourself on the back. Use the momentum of knowing you’re a winner to push yourself to the end of the year.
What are the goals you’re planning to reach by the end of the year? It’s not too late – share them with me in the comments.