Hello, all! As much as I like to keep these Motivation Monday posts positive, this past week has been a real struggle for me. As if getting back into a regular routine after the holiday season isn’t difficult enough, I also faced a nasty virus that kept me out of school for days. I felt like I was being crushed by a mountain of work that just kept piling up. It seemed useless to even try to chip away at the work because I thought I would never catch up to my classmates. Frustrated and discouraged, I felt my eyes keep gravitating towards a sticker on my laptop, which reads “Look. If you had one shot, or one opportunity, to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment, would you capture it, or just let it slip?” The quote, which is from Eminem’s classic pump-up song “Lose Yourself”, prompted me to look at my life in the big picture. As much as I wanted at the time to wallow in herbal tea and self-pity, what I want in the grand scheme of things is to do well in school so I can have a shot at being admitted to my dream college. I don’t have a lot of time left in high school, and I don’t want to look back and regret not trying harder. As trivial as it may seem, the sticker made me realize that right now is my window of opportunity to get what I want out of life, and a runny nose is not going to take that away from me.
While this might be a goofy example, the sentiment remains. The way we act now can and WILL determine our futures. Every single person faces challenges in their life. The truth of the matter is that the real world doesn’t stop to accommodate them. This week, I challenge you to take control and push your limits. Don’t wait to step out of your comfort zone - do it now! If that means something drastic to you, more power to you! If it’s something smaller, like just getting out of the house, that is completely valid too!
In the spirit of my Eminem sticker, I have also included some of my favorite motivational quotes to bring you power this week. I hope that this is a productive and inspired time for you, and know that you have the potential to excel:
Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. - C.S. Lewis
Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine. - Roy T. Bennett
Your true success in life begins only when you make the commitment to become excellent at what you do. - Brian Tracy
Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. – W. Clement Stone
If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you. - Les Brown
By: Jessica Hutt