Wisdom Wednesday: You Have Nothing To Prove.

  
In my continued efforts to analyze my negative thoughts on Saturday, I may have had a “lightbulb” moment after reading the quote above…

I’m grateful for my Believe journal written and organized by two amazing Olympians. The quote above came on the next pages week after my race. Perfect timing.  

What is it exactly that I have to prove? Need to prove? Why am I seeking approval and from whom am I? 

Then, I really got to thinking. Seems like throughout my life I was always seeking that stamp of approval from the world, but felt I always fell short. I was that alllllllmost smart kid. All A’s in school except my reports were tainted with a B. Almost the best. 

Growing up I felt I wasn’t good enough in my family circumstances. I won’t go into gorey detail but anytime you have a split family I think your self esteem takes a big hit. Maybe if I was good enough my parents would work out… I’m no physiologist but I’ve read enough info to see this is true. 

I could go on and on about all the reasons why I or someone else would feel they have something to prove, but that’s not my ultimate point here. 

My point is simply this,  you have nothing you need to prove my dear. 

It hit me like a ton of bricks. My racing isn’t a proving point. It’s my stress relief and my personal playground. And I need to remember this. 

You are perfectly beautiful, smart, fun, and wonderful the way you are. 

Life is meant to be enjoyed! Yes, enjoy a dose of healthy competition but STOP the negative thoughts when you don’t “win”. Your time will come. And until then keep focus on your strengths and #PressOnPowerfully. 

You are a gift to this world. Believe it.

Do you feel as though you need to prove yourself to the world? What holds you back from enjoying the moment? What is your ‘playground’?

blessed and beautiful running.

Jess

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Don’t Be Afraid to Give and Get Your Hands a Little Dirty.

We all want freedom.

From debt.

From mental bondage.

From excess weight.

From our jobs.

From fear.

But who is willing to actually fight and pay the price to have that freedom?

Not many.

Life itself is not free.

Do you think those who fought and died for us quaked at the thought of the impending death they faced? Probably. Most likely. But they fought anyway.
I think if more were willing to pay what it takes we’d see more results and freedom in this world.

Running has been my freedom. It has shown me what great things I am capable because I’ve worked hard for it. It seems to me that too many in America feel as though they are privileged and even deserving of handouts left and right.

“All you need is this pill to lose weight!!

Get free of debt quick with {insert latest scam here}!!

You deserve {insert product, scam here}!!

Find love at the click of a button!!

No payment needed to receive actual benefits!!”

NO. False claims. False promises. This thinking could not be more skewed and I feel as though coddling America is hurting America.

So this is my plea to you: Get up and move! Give more. Love bigger. Dig in deep. Buck up and just do it. Do it when you feel like it least. It takes WORK to see results.

But work is so hard. {insert whine here}

Work gives us purpose. Meaning. And the fruits of your labor are so, so sweet. I’ve experienced it myself. With marathoning, parenting, working. I could not agree with this quote more:

Don’t expect a handout. Expect to work hard and give more. You want success? Be prepared to get your hands dirty. But I can promise you it will be worth it. Your sweet success will end up so much greater.

How are you celebrating Memorial Day? Any special races and/or events your way? Do you shy away from getting your hands dirty or are you the type to dive right in?

blessed & beautiful running.

jesssig