Divine Inspiration

Yep, that's a photo of me writing this blog post (well, I'm taking the photo, but you get the idea).

You may think it's pretty random (or I couldn't think of anything better) but it actually goes along with the theme for today: Messy Action

I could've tidied up a little (yes, that's an empty plate with nanaimo bar crumbs) or taken a photo of my actual desk and made it look all 'professional' but that's not real. I'll be honest, I didn't really feel like writing this at first because I've been sick for the past few days and have been feeling like shit. But if we wait for some divine inspiration before we do things, nothing will ever get done! So instead of waiting until I 'felt like it' I pushed my portable desk/table thing over to the back door so I could at least have a nice view of the snow and sunshine (which I haven't had much of lately).

People who know/follow me know that I post a lot of inspirational quotes. There's a ton of people that post a quote to 'inspire' their followers and just leave it at that, but for me the quote is just a talking point (like a chapter title or blog post title). I could easily use the quote to structure my post and never make mention of it (instead putting a photo of puppies or a meadow in the breeze) but I feel like I should also give credit to the person who inspired said post. So I totally get it when I see people saying how these inspirational quotes they see all the time mean nothing, but they only mean nothing if just read them and you don't take action on them! Let's look at an example (fictional of course...):

Say you want to build some serious muscle, so you put a quote from The Rock (maybe "wake up determined, go to bed satisfied") on your desktop screen to keep yourself fired up. Posting things to motivate you are great (and when you find ones that work, put them EVERYWHERE) but if you look at that every day, get fired up, and then do nothing about it, guess what? YOU'RE NOT GONNA BE BUILDING ANY MUSCLE!! What WILL do the job is getting your ass into the gym and working hard. And I'm not talking about the times when you 'feel like it' but EVERY. DAMN. DAY!

The only thing that's going to get you closer to your goals is to actually put in the work whether you feel like it at the time or not. There's countless examples of this throughout history, of people not always liking the journey but knowing they had to do it if they wanted to reach their goal. My favourite example of this is Muhammad Ali who said "I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion'." (and yes, I'm aware I just used another motivational quote, but if you'll refer to the beginning of the blog, you'll remember it's not as a stand-alone motivation but rather part of a whole discussion). If you're waiting for the perfect time to start, I'm sorry to say you'll be waiting a hell of a long time! But if you're tired of waiting, you're tired of where you are now, tired of looking at your goal as 'just a dream' then start putting in the work! And I'm not talking daily massive action here (though there's nothing wrong with that) but if you do something every day to move closer to reaching your goal, then you're already better off than you were yesterday!

It's your call; are you going to wait until you're in a better situation to start going for what you want in life or are you going to say 'fuck it' and start putting in the work now?! If you want to wait that's fine, but know that you can't complain how shitty things are because you're the one who decided to do nothing about it.

It's hard to put in the work to reach your goals and it's hard to stay where you are: choose your hard.

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