A little different from my standard Inspirational Fridays. I hope all of you have a best friend or two out there who you can share this sentiment with! It’s important to have friends that make you laugh, smile, encourage you, and are always there for you. I’m thankful for the friends in my life. You all make it special!
Raise your hand if you ever make excuses! *waves hand* I think we’re all guilty of this from time to time. How many times do I look at something that’s hard or a lot of work and I find a reason not to do it? More often than I probably care to admit. Excuses don’t get anything accomplished.
I have a post I started writing (and just haven’t finished) on my personal blog that was titled “Am I a Quitter?” As you know I’m working on my Master Certification. Well, getting my research topic approved just about did me in. What I wanted to do wasn’t approved. I was so frustrated I almost said screw the test. I don’t “need” the certification. It took me a couple months to readjust my thinking and tackle a new research topic. I made excuses for why I should just quit. That didn’t sit well with me. It’s a master level test. It’s not supposed to be easy. And I was STRONGER than my excuses. I could do this. I could change my topic. I would still learn something valuable from the new topic, even if it’s wasn’t what I was originally going for. It was all about my attitude. I’m not a quitter. I stopped making excuses.
I’m an introvert. I find it stressful to be in social situations, especially where I don’t know anyone. I’m never just going to randomly start up a conversation with a stranger. If given the choice between staying home with a good book or going out I almost always will stay in. I have to make myself participate in life. And there are times where I just get people overload and I have to remove myself for a couple days from having to be “social” so I can recharge.
I always laugh when I see this quote because I think I’ve appreciated being home doing absolutely nothing for as long as I can remember. But what I’ve come to realize after six years of running my business is that I’ve become much better at “social” interaction. It is a skill I’ve had to learn since running my business. I still have a lot I could learn, but I’m much better at it than I was say a couple years ago. And I think I have an even better appreciation now for the days I can be home doing “absolutely nothing.”
I learned long ago that my “standards” generally were leaps and bounds above most. I got frustrated when I had to work on or with a team that didn’t live up to them. Adequate was enough. Just getting the job done was enough. I would do twice as much work as colleagues, because only my best was enough. To this day I still hold high standards for myself and others. If you’re going to do a job–do it well. Go beyond just what is expected.
When I was teaching I held my students to my standards. And when they tried to reach them it was amazing what they accomplished. I won’t make apologies for holding high standards. I will always work to make everything I do the best I can.
I *think* I’ve shared this one before, but it’s worth re-sharing. Especially as we head into a new year. What you want is not (in 99.9% of cases) going to be handed to you. Dreams come true because “we” work our tails off to make them reality. “Umph” is what sets us apart. It’s what makes our dreams become reality. Here’s to a year of lots of “umph”!!