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If you don’t like something, change it.

If you don’t like something, change it.

Maya Angelou and Herry – Source: Muppet Wiki

It’s 11:05 pm and my mind is racing. I wasn’t planning on writing a blog post tonight. Hell, I just got out of the shower and was brushing my teeth and about to crawl in bed, but I knew if I didn’t get this down “on paper” I’d be up all night thinking about it.

I need to be honest with you guys right now.  Lately, I feel kind of like a phony. I sit on Twitter and Facebook and spew out motivational quotes, telling you to get your ass in gear and eat well and go to the gym and to have no excuses, trying to motivate you almost every day, meanwhile here I am actually feeling kind of shitty about myself and what is going on with me and not taking all of my own advice.

It’s not that I don’t want to take my own advice or that I’m actually not taking some of my own advice, I’m just not taking all of my own advice.

Ever since I moved up North I’ve had a really hard time to be motivated to workout out and eat well all the time.  I’ve got the urge to do it and every few months I’ll start off, I just don’t follow through or get derailed. This really takes a toll on me because it’s not who I am.  I’m a stubborn and motivated mother fucker and it pisses me off that I let other things bring me down and affect who I am and affect what I strive to be.  It also pisses me off because it does make me feel like a phony because I’m not practicing what I preach.

The one thing that I can say for sure that I’m proud of lately, is that I’m working towards applying both the best piece of advice I’ve ever heard and one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever given in to my own life.

Recently I heard someone say “If you don’t like something, change it.” and I loved it. It was simple and it struck a nerve. I wasn’t sure where it was from, but it ends up it’s part of a quote from Maya Angelou who is a very well known black female author. The full quote goes “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” Hearing the full quote hit me even harder. I love it. Don’t complain. That ties in to my whole mantra of “No Excuses”.

Don’t complain. Change it. No Excuses.

The other piece of advice I’m going to take is actually something I said to a friend last week in conversation “Life is short and you should do what makes you happy.”  Simple and to the point. Do what makes you happy.

I know that all of this is easy for me to say and I’m learning that it’s so much harder to do than I thought, but if you’re not going to try and you’re not going to do what makes you happy, what are you doing?

There are some things in my life that I’m not happy with right now. Some of it is how I feel because I’m not training hard. Some of it is how I look because I’m not eating right. A lot of it has to do with my personal and professional life, which in turn is what I think is affecting everything else.

It’s time to stop making excuses. Stop complaining. Time to Change it. And do what makes me happy.

It’s now 11:25pm and I’m ready for bed.  I think this is the fastest I’ve every written a post and I think it’s simply because it’s 100% from my heart.  I’m not even going to proof read this…

What are you doing in your life to change what you’re not happy with?

Source: http://www.yourinnerskinny.ca/if-you-dont-like-it-change-it/

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