Today is an Opportunity, Not an Obligation

Have you ever watched those motivational videos on YouTube? Photos and clips of athletes running, climbing mountains, surfing huge waves, practicing on a basketball court overlaid with a deep voice hammering home the point that in order to achieve what you want, get to your dreams, accomplish amazing results, and live the life you want, you've got to change your mindset? 

I love those videos.

And I realized recently that they're usually focused on physical achievement. The visual part anyway - typically they highlight men and women accomplishing astronomical physical feats - or even ordinary ones that most people still wouldn't strive to achieve. But what of the men and women who's dreams and goals are to own their own business, make their living through art, build their own house, travel the world, write a book, master the art of French cooking? The action shots of those people might not be as visually stirring (the artist in her studio, meticulously detailing an illustration, the writer at his laptop, searching for the right adjective, the aspiring chef in her kitchen, tasting a Bolognese sauce and making notes), but that doesn't mean they're any less inspiring. 

What does it mean to really go after goals? If we can begin to consider that our minds are actually built like a circuit, and the missing link between where we are and where we want to be is in rewiring our thoughts, then it seems achievable, doable, maybe even a relief, easy. But here's the real deal: that takes practice. Constant honing, developing, nurturing. The mind is not so easily swayed, and will, just like a boomerang, come back to its comfortable and natural habitat time and time again - until the natural habitat is positivity, optimisim, knowing that you are great, the best, that you will achieve what you want. 

As a freelancer and self-employed person, the one who goes out there and determines my own destiny, I practice this every day. And it just dawned on me that the motivational video of my own life, my success today and in the future, might not look like so many of the ones that already exist. The shots might be of me in my office, typing this very blog post, drawing words, brainstorming creative projects, having coffee with other like-minded creative and entrepreneurial men and women, taking yoga, calling potential clients, making lunch in the middle of the day, etc. etc. etc. And at the end of the day, when I sometimes want to only focus on what I didn't get done, what I haven't achieved, and all the 'what if's that come along with that, I practice filling my head instead with belief. That this, today, this moment, right now, is another opportunity. Not an obligation. This is an opportunity for me to live my dream, share my passion, touch someone else's life, offer freedom, time, attract adventure, wealth, and stories.

So I challenge you, dear readers, to try this out this week. Every morning when you wake up, say to yourself, 'I've got this amazing opportunity to live, to be, to create, today.' Train your mind to be your biggest and most unconditional fan. 

If you liked this post, share your thoughts in the comments below. And click here for a free PDF download of the inspirational motivational quote I created just for you. Feel free to Pin, Tweet, Instagram, reblog, repost to your favorite followers, and add the @jillyink so I can be a part of the conversation!

 

Cheers to you and this amazing Monday.

International Women's Day

Happy Monday everyone!

I started off my week (last night) looking at and reading a lot of posts/pictures/stories relating to International Women's Day. The major thing I took away from all of it was the fact that, for this one day, the overwhelming attitude by women, for women, about women, was positive. I'd like to think that this is the case every day, but the truth is, we still have a long way to go in consistently and compassionately lifting each other up. 

 

I try as often as I can to highlight and put a spotlight on other women that are doing amazing things, contributing their talents, their love, service, skill, time, and effort to others. Women who fiercely drive towards their passion, and along the way inspire, encourage, motivate, and even mentor other women trying to do the same thing. We don't have to live in a world where the only way to the top is to step on the shoulders of everyone we see as competition. We can be ferocious in our intention to get there, and generous with others along the way. Who's to say we can't all stand at the top together.. and take a really awesome group photo?

 

International Women's Day was yesterday, March 8, 2015 - but I wanted to extend the spirit of female power to the beginning of your work week. Click here for a free PDF download of this print, and if you like this post, comment below! Share the message with the other awesome ladies in your life, and be sure to tag @jillyink on any social media conversations, so I can jump in and see your thoughts!

Cheers to an amazing and inspiring and memorable Monday.

Source: international women's day quote

Motivation Monday - Oscar Inspiration from Common

Good morning beautiful world! After watching the recap of the Oscars last night, I'm incredibly inspired by all the moments and quotes and outwardly focused speeches that took place. It seems like everyone has a cause that they're bringing awareness towards, whether it was calling your mum or dad, wage equality for women, ALS  and Alzheimer's awareness, and calling attention to how much farther our country still has to go with respect to race equality. 

So for this week's motivation Monday quote, I'm sharing the words from Common last night as he and John Legend accepted their Oscar for Best Original Song, Glory. I think it's beautiful, poignant, and speaks to so many other issues, even when taken out of context. 

Click here to download the PDF, save it to your desktop or print it out for your inspiration board!

If you like this post, please feel free to download the print, like it, share your comments, share with your friends, and remember to add the @jillyink when posting on social media! Until Wednesday, have an amazing start to your week!