Uncover what is preventing you from taking big action, learn the value of small steps, differentiate between the journey and the outcome, and determine what is in you to do!
MM559- Take a Big Action
Hello, everybody, and welcome to this week’s episode of Motivate Me!
It’s Me! Time here on Motivate Me! and we are working on coming back from flat.
Before we start, let’s get into the right headspace. Let’s engage in the idea that this is time where YOU are the priority. Let’s take two slow, deep breaths to get us centered. Just follow me.
Today’s focus is: Take a Big Action
So here we are in Season 4 of Motivate Me! working our way back from being flat together, getting our heads and hearts back in the game of life. Some of us have been deeply impacted by the chaos of these times. My head has been swimming, too. So many of us have been sick, so many of us have long lasting effects from being sick. So many of us have lost loved ones or jobs or just the motivation to engage in life. So many of us are living in fear, worried about falling ill or worried about getting the vaccine, or not to get the vaccine, or worried about if other people have gotten the vaccine, or not.
And if you were already traveling through something and not feeling like yourself before all this, like me, then all of this just dragged you under deeper.
Here is my general rule of thought in all things “life” – I believe that I’m here on this planet to experience all of life, to feel all that life has to offer: the love, the fear, the change, the challenges, the joy, the confusion… all of it. And I may not always know the direction I should be heading in my life, but I do know that even that not knowing, that the wait-time, the pauses in my life that I may feel stuck in, it is all meaningful, it is all powerful, and it is all meant for me.
So, while I look around and cannot believe the state of our world and country right now, even though it scares the crap out of me and I fear for what the world will be like for my new grandson, I know that sitting idle and wasting the time I have here is not what I am meant to do. And I know that it is my responsibility to pull myself out of this because that action is part of what I am meant to experience.
So, if you’re with me on this, if you’re ready to take charge of what you can control, because let’s face it there’s a lot out of our control right now, then I suggest you visit each of the episodes we’ve shared with you so far this season because each of the small steps I’ve taken have gotten me to this episode: Take a Big Action.
In Episode 532, the first of this season, I share with you the details of how I’d fallen flat, about who and what inspired me to get my head and heart back in the game. All of this is what lead me back to you, because my passion, my calling, my person wants and knows that my purpose is to help you get your head and heart back in the game.
And, Motivate Me! Friends, I am telling you, you can bounce back so quickly and it will feel incredible! I don’t want to sound like a fortune cookie, but I mean it when I always say that we are only a decision away from changing our lives.
Whether you want to create art, lose weight, get in a relationship, travel, learn a new skill. It’s ridiculous how quickly we can change our lives. How quickly we can expand our person through new experiences and new people. If you’re home and unhappy, make the decision to change: add something new to your life or get rid of something old. I am pretty sure you know exactly what you need to do.
Start small with this change. I did. And then keep doing what you’re doing. Enjoy what you’re doing. And when you feel the excitement come to you, ride that wave, and don’t be afraid to go big.
This is what happened to me. I started doing all the steps I’ve included in this season. I was aggressively seeking myself, I had allowed myself the opportunity to become anything, to recreate myself AGAIN – but it brought me back to you. And I fought it. But it happened: I had a brainstorm that what I was going through, the steps to climbing back from feeling flat, could be exactly what you needed, too. It made me understand my struggle, my pause, my frustration with feeling stagnant. I believe I was meant to travel through that so I could share all of this with you.
My story is important to this episode because I had to make a decision. I had to decide if I was going to take the big action of reconnecting with you. There is a commitment in doing this that I take very seriously.
Mentally, I needed time to prepare for this, so with my brainstorm came the idea of starting slowly. That I would just share notes and photos with you of what I was doing on my Instagram. But, I quickly realized that some of my followers are only on Facebook, so I thought: “No big deal, I’ll just also share these steps on my business Facebook Page.” Then I realized that I needed to also keep my Motivate Me! Friends in my private Facebook group in the know, so I decided to share there, too. And well, I already had my Twitter account established, so I should share there as well.
Most important to know is how excited I felt about this. How good my person felt getting engaged with you again. Creating again. Having a voice and a point of view again.
I went from, literally, ordering groceries, cooking meals, and watching Netflix all day to reading and writing like a beast, to posting all over social media. To utilizing all of the avenues I had established years ago to communicate with you that had been lying dormant for years… except for one more thing: my podcast.
And I let that idea sit for a hot minute. I had been low-key, low-commitment minded. I wasn’t looking for the big action. So, I just got started with those smaller steps, but it didn’t last long.
I came to understand that I had more to say than could be translated in a social media post, and I had a website and podcast sitting there waiting to be used. I came to find out later that my podcast actually did need to be reinstated because I had turned a blind eye to it, feeling too disappointed in myself to check on its progress. During those few years, even hearing the word “podcast” filled me with self-loathing. Ugh, I felt like I’d failed. Like I’d lost. Like I let myself and my loved ones down.
But here I was, filled with happiness and joy again, and ready to push through that sadness and disappointment to get that podcast up and running! To get to you again! To take that big action – and I understood the commitment of this action. And here we are, 28 episodes in and only four more episodes to go for this season, and once again, I proved to myself that I can do big things.
And I have bigger things planned for after this. Because one small step leads to many small steps, which leads to big action, which leads to bigger actions – even if you experience failures in between. I’m on this path now, and you can be, too.
I’m sure you can feel my joy and excitement here? These are much different feelings than I had the first time around when we were starting this show. Then, I was so much more afraid of failure. I was so insulted when friends didn’t listen, subscribe, review, and share my episodes. Didn’t they know what it took to put myself out there like this? Didn’t they know what I was risking?
I’m in a different place these days, mostly it’s a place that has proven to me that despite it all, despite the opportunity for success and the risk of failure, empowering others is my purpose, and for now, doing this show with you and writing my books is my path.
It’s important for me and for you to understand that as we reach for whatever it is that’s calling us, we pay attention to the journey and not the outcome. I sure am growing from my time with you. I sure do enjoy this. And despite anything, success or not, it’s something I am called to do.
Thank you, for making my life more exciting and more meaningful.
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I am going to leave you with some truth talk from me to you: You don’t need to start your endeavors with a big action. I started with many small ones. But what you do need to do, is recognize when it’s time to take the leap into making it something bigger, and then do it. Not for any other reason except for the fact that it is in you to do.
Find the joy you want to have in your heart, it’s out there waiting for you.
Remember, you Motivate Me!