And now for something a little different… it’s Motivational Monday once again, and today I have a really cute little two-minute Sesame Street video (yes, I said “Sesame Street”!) to inspire you to keep working at that dream of yours and to never give up. Whenever we have a big goal or a vision that we’re working towards, there will always be some bumps in the road. It’s inevitable; and those challenges are part of the journey of self-growth that we are all on. Learning how to view those challenges as opportunities rather than obstacles is one of the hallmarks of the successful; they don’t let temporary setbacks become permanent defeats.
This video is nice and short (two minutes), so it’s perfect for a quick Monday morning pick-me-up motivator, and it also happens to have Bruno Mars singing a song called “Don’t Give Up”. Yes, it’s aimed at kids (and I happen to have two of those, and they both wanted to watch songs on mommy’s computer over the weekend, which is how I happened to come across it 🙂 ), but the message is valid for all of us: if there’s something you really want, don’t give up just because you didn’t get it right the first time. You can’t expect yourself to be an expert at the start of your journey, so don’t compare your own efforts and results with those of someone else, especially those of the people you admire who are already doing what you want to do – don’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20. Everyone started out as an amateur, and it’s only through experience and practice that anyone becomes an expert at anything.
Failure happens as we begin to venture forth into uncharted territory, but it is part of the process of growing and learning. And if you can learn to see your early failures as means for improving and refining your techniques and approaches, you can benefit from those failures in ways you may not even realize yet. Give yourself permission to be a student. Give yourself permission to fail and permission to fall — permission to be absolutely horrible at whatever it is you’re trying to do. Revel in it! Glory in the process itself! But always pick yourself back up, learn from what went wrong, and then try it again.
Pay attention to what calls you most strongly. If it’s really important to you, then that means something. Never give up on something that makes your heart sing…
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