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Wednesday Wisdom: Rest, but don’t quit!

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Not if you get tired, but when. Right? We all get weary and tired, so walking away to rest your mind and body is so important to maintain the strength it takes to keep going–especially during the messy middle.

For a long time I did not understand the role weariness has on one’s journey. It makes you quit before the process is complete. I did not (and still don’t at times) realize that the process prepares you for the destination. If you quit or short cut the process, you won’t have the stamina to maintain your success if you ever reach the destination. Remember it’s important to keep a long-term or marathon mentality rather than rushing to sprint to the end.

Pacing myself with some rest,

A.G.

 

 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

 

No this is not our table.

No we haven’t really started cooking yet.

No I have not started any sort of Christmas shopping or planning.

Yes, I forgot  it was Wednesday and I needed to post.

Yes, I am behind on my National Novel Writing Month words.

Yes, I feel both books  I am writing suck at this point.

Yes, I blew my diet a few days early (Just on thanksgiving I told myself)

Yes, I checked work emails and got annoyed.

Sound like anyone’s internal dialogue? (Well not you happy all-the-time optimists, but the rest of us.)

 

But reality is what I perceive it to be, and I can change it at any moment:

 

I woke up this morning.

I have enough creativity and courage to write books.

I can revise my first drafts, they are supposed to suck.

I have food to eat.

I have a healthy family surrounding me.

I am warm and safe and loved.

I have a steady income.

Try to take just a few moments to look around and say thanks. These times of year can be challenging for everyone for various reasons. But keep it simple and enjoy the little things, not everyone has the basics this year.

 

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

A.G.

 

 

 

 

 


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Wednesday Wisdom: Failure is Good!

When I read this quote I thought about this yoga pose that I tried. I fell on my forehead and laughed and laughed! It is called the Crane (see picture below).

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This pose in particular requires arm and core strength along with tons of balance. As you can see it’s quite difficult and I totally failed the first several times I tried. (I remember in dance school a friend was able to do it right away, many many years later I conquered it…wait, I need to make sure I can still do it before I keep that statement in this post…) OK I’m back. I can’t hold it for long, but I can get my feet off the ground.

OK, back to the quote. If you do everything perfect, you are only doing what is easy, which means you are not really trying. Stumbling, falling, and hitting your forehead on the floor (and having your hubby crack up laughing) is all part of trying. And isn’t that what it’s about? Accomplishing what you thought you couldn’t do.

So failure=trying!

Nice ring to it eh?

Keep failing (and trying),

A. Genise


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Wednesday Wisdom: Just fugget about it!


Our thoughts are like a tape recorder playing the things we’ve experienced, some things we haven’t–all shaping our perceptions of life.  Unfortunately, the tape recorder tends to be a bit on the negative side…

Focusing on the one reason it will work, when you are over-thinking, over-analyzing, or doubting yourself…keeps you moving forward. Find that one reason to move forward and the rest will fall in to place. I promise!

Recently I heard an entrepreneur say that if a new project, product, or business venture is at a “C” (on the grade scale of A to F) then he moves forward. I was utterly shocked at first, but then I understood the psychology behind his rule. Well meaning people generally like things to be very close to an “A” before they launch something new, but the reality is nothing gets done that way. For a perfectionist like me, it’s freeing to finally be allowed to do “C” work!

What do you need to stop perfecting and just move forward with?  I encourage you to just go!

 

Stay inspired, enjoy life, and move forward!

 

 


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Wednesday Wisdom: Choose Your Own Adventure

Does anyone remember the Choose Your Own Adventure books?

 

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Each story is written from a second-person point of view, with the reader assuming the role of the protagonist which  allows you to make choices that determine the main character’s actions in response to the plot and its outcome.

I  loved those books so much as a child and I recently got back into reading them as an adult. I think I like them even more now because these books give me the opportunity to think through strategies for next steps, observe how my choices played out, and learn lessons from my choices in a totally painless way (even if I die in the book). If I make a “mistake” I can back track and undo my mistake in order to progress through the story. I always “win”!

Although Choose Your Own Adventure books are great for strategizing and learning lessons from mistakes, in real life we must remember to move forward even if we don’t know how everything will play out.

There are a few things I am working on that honestly, I have no idea how they will turn out. I am not sure if they will be a waste of time, but I am going to push on away. I wish I had the luxury of seeing how things will play out and then if I don’t like what I see, I can backtrack and choose another adventure–one that gives me the outcome I want. But that’s not how life works. We must keep going, making midcourse corrections along the way.

So, let’s be grateful we can choose our own adventure, but we should see the dead ends and mistakes as a sign we are stepping outside of our comfort zone—it means  we are truly living.

Enjoy the adventure.

A.G.