Today I’m keepin’ it short and sweet, sharing some of the best advice I’ve received that’s stuck with me over the years.
My mom always told me, “90% of what you worry about never happens.” I always pull this one out any time fear is keeping me from doing the thing I know I need to do. When we’re afraid, the things we fear become ginormous in our minds, to the point we believe our fear is reality when it’s not. This quote helps me to shrink the fear and put it in its place so I can take action!
“Don’t compare your insides to some else’s outsides.” Also a mom wisdom bomb! As a kid, into my early adult years, I constantly compared myself to others to see how I measured up. I would vent to my mom about how lucky so-and-so was because she was pretty, talented, fit, had a nice family, etc. and my mom would share this quote with me to remind me I had no idea what that person was going through internally. Just because I wasn’t feeling great about myself, based on my internal battles, I shouldn’t compare myself with someone else based on what their external life looked like. Now I know comparison is a waste of time and does nothing to move us toward our goals and dreams. Our value isn’t based on how we compare to others. We have value because we are children of God. We are purposefully unique so we can learn and grow from our differences.
Marie Forleo said, “Everything is Figureoutable.” It doesn’t come naturally to me to think outside of the box. If something doesn’t go as planned, I often feel stuck. This quote reminds me to get creative and look for multiple solutions because there’s an abundance of resources to help figure out the problem. This way, I don’t lose my momentum and I continue moving forward!
T. Harv Eker said, “How you do anything is how you do everything.” This quote first stuck with me because it bothered me so much. I didn’t want it to be true because I didn’t like the way I approached a lot of things in my life. I started paying attention to my thoughts, feelings, and actions when approaching all kinds of activities and, lo and behold, I found it was true. I took some time to get honest with myself about how I take action in my life. What I discovered was I approach everything timidly at first, feeling afraid and worrying about what might happen, giving little effort until I feel safe and comfortable. Then, over time, I gradually let my guard down, feeling more confident, positive, and putting myself out there in a bigger way. Being conscious of this reminds me if I don’t like my MO, I have the power to change it. Also, if I want to approach bigger opportunities with more energy, courage, and boldness, then I should approach smaller activities with more energy, courage, and boldness.
Now I want to know…
What’s the best advice you’ve been given? Please share the love!!
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My mother, Elbie Heard, gave me the same advice about not worrying about what may never happen, and it has sustained her for 98 years. Keep up the good work. Andrew would be as proud of you as we are. Love to you and Ellie.
Thank you so much for sharing Carolyn! That Elbie Heard is one wise woman! Thank you for the encouragement. It’s always my hope to make him proud. So grateful to have married into such an incredible family! Ellie and I send our love to you!