For those who find themselves in an unpleasant situation at work, in relationships, or elsewhere in life, I have one loving request:
Please don’t waste this moment.
I know it can be difficult (or downright impossible) to be in a situation that doesn’t feel great. One that doesn’t allow us to reach our full potential or tap into our talents.
But that is not an invitation for us to retract and give less than our best. To ignore what we can give and can share with others.
In the long term we all have the ability to create the lives we want. The short term is where motivation can often be most challenging when faced with difficult circumstances.
Being in a less-than-ideal situation for the next week, month, or year makes it tempting to simply retract and purposefully hold back our most sincere efforts.
But the truth is: withholding our talents, energy, and love does us the most harm.
Though the people around us are sure to be affected by our lack of effort, we feel the most pain.
We feel pain when we see ourselves mentally check out when things don’t go our way. We feel pain when we don’t choose to react in a proactive manner. We feel pain when we put in less of ourselves into our present reality.
Though the pain may not be palpable all the time, it builds and lingers.
Doubts begin to creep in.
Our self-confidence begins to erode.
Because deep down we know we are capable of great things. Even in difficult circumstances.
We know we can rise above the present challenge and produce better results or serve more truly.
As we consciously avoid putting forth our full effort we lose our joy and peace.
We begin to see that we are living a less-full life based on an external circumstances, rather than our internal compass.
So please, take the difficulty of the present moment and give it your most powerful and love-filled effort.
Rise above – for yourself as much as for others.