Motivational Monday: We Can Do Hard Things

Happy Monday, friends! I can’t believe how long it’s been since my last post! I guess you can say I had a difficult time finding that school-work-life-blog balance, but I’m getting there! I’ve missed sharing my thoughts and chatting with you, and figured that with the first day of a new month, now is as good of a time as any to reignite that old Kermit Says… flame. As the school year resumes, I’m going to start off with one post a week and slowly increase back to five posts eventually. Feel free to let me know if there are topics you’d like for me to discuss! Without further adieu, let’s get motivated!

A little over a year ago, I embarked on a new journey toward my second graduate degree, this time to become a child and adolescent therapist. I’d spent quite a few years hemming and hawing over what I should do, but it wasn’t until I was encouraged by my students and supported by my colleagues that I mustered enough courage to apply. When I received my acceptance letter, I took a huge gamble on myself. I had a wonderful job doing what I loved. I had enough free time to commit to and grow Kermit Says… I had a life that I enjoyed, one that was stable and comfortable. The truth is, though, that it wasn’t much of a life at all. I was living as if I were on a conveyor belt, just a robot doing the same thing day in and day out. It was predictable, and there was and is great comfort and safety in predictability, but growth and wonderful things don’t happen inside of our comfort zones. Instead, they happen outside of them. When we lean into that discomfort, when we gamble and take risks, we’re often reminded of our own strength and power. That no matter the challenge or difficulty, we can do hard things. And we may experience a rollercoaster of emotions, feel some self-doubt, discouragement, and regret, and might even bruise while doing these hard things, but we won’t break, even if it feels like we might. Does it take great courage to do a hard thing? Absolutely. But the biggest and most powerful tool required to conquer anything is your mindset. Your mind can trick you into believing anything, especially whether you can or cannot do something. How often do you find yourself in a particularly difficult situation or in the midst of completing a task when unhelpful thoughts start seeping in? Thoughts like “you’re not smart enough,” “you’re not strong enough, or ” you’ll never reach your goal.” I know I’m not the only one who has to battle against these intrusive and inconvenient thoughts, right? These thoughts will convince us we’re not worthy or capable and have us merely existing within our comfort zones if we let them win. Aren’t you ready to live? Fight against these thoughts and prove them wrong by:

  1. Recognizing how unhelpful they are.
  2. Finding evidence that proves we can do whatever our thoughts are telling us we can’t.
  3. Empowering ourselves with affirmations that remind us of our ability and worth.
  4. Forging ahead, even when we stumble and fall along the way.

Sometimes hard things are harder than we imagine, but it doesn’t matter if or when we fall. What matters is that we get up and keep working, keep trying, and keep striving. It will be uncomfortable because growth always is, but I’ll let you in on a little secret: hard things are never easy, but they are worth it. If you’ve got a dream in your heart, put yourself out there and make it happen. It might be hard, but you can do hard things.

What hard thing are you wanting to do? Comment below (and then go do them)!

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