There was a saying I often heard growing up, especially in times when school and family worked to prepare us to be adults. You may have heard this too, “Dress for the job you want.” For some they may have taken that literally but this month it has evolved for me into more than just dressing. Let’s be honest, I’m a stay at home mom and dressing the for the job I want just isn’t always in the cards. Sometimes I want to dress for the job I have, being a mom, and that’s okay. If you dare to take the saying a step further for confidence and tenacity, you have to think and believe for the job you want.
Let me break it down like this. I have mentioned before how Young Living has changed and improved my family’s life. I love my business and I love the company. Since April 1st I have been leading a business bootcamp from the book, Gameplan by Sarah Harnisch a Young Living Diamond. We will be entering the last week of the bootcamp starting tomorrow. The biggest lesson for me was to start living intentionally.
Living intentionally no matter what your passion is paramount for success in anything. While God provides what you need it is up to you to use those resources wisely in order to continue to grow and dig out from whatever holds you back. While my family has food to eat, a roof over our head, and a means to make it the struggles are real. It is far too easy to let those struggles weigh you down, keeping you in a pit of, “This is how life is.” It doesn’t have to be!
Instead of waking up and thinking “Ugh I’ve got to go to work today,” or “Ugh I’ve got to change diapers all day.” Wake up and be glad that you woke up! Be glad that you have a job! Be glad that you have a little to love on! Make a point to shifting your view from complaint to gratitude.
Monday for me was a God driven teachable moment, I’m certain of it. Bright and early our littlest kiddo woke up, 2-3 hours before he usually does. The night before I had burned the midnight oil to get caught up on a few things. The lack of a full night’s sleep left me grumpy and resentful as I pushed the covers off and gave in to the bundle bouncing on my bed. We made our way to the couch and for about two hours after there was unnecessary grouching, an all out momma bear mode. Once coffee began to calm the beast and there was enough sense to realize what my words, actions, and general bleeping were doing I shook my head.
This is not the woman, mother, lady boss I want to be. This was not the day I wanted to have. We have had more than our fair share of bad days. I was not going to let this day, Monday, turn out like the rest where I laid in defeat. I took a moment as I stood over a sink of dirty dishes and out loud I said, “Not today. Today I will make a point to make it fabulous!” I handed all that negative energy off and asked the Lord to forgive my misguided mind. I apologized for my behavior and my thoughts. I asked for a better day. I laid all that held me down at his feet. Then I set to work to see it done.
My little and I played, I got business work done, cleaned house, and honestly as far as housework it was probably my most productive day in a while. The day went from barely enough energy to move and just knowing coffee would never be enough for the day to having more energy than I knew what to do with. You know what? Coffee was and is not enough. I had to intentionally shift my view and ask for help to make the most of the day.
The last week I took that lesson from Monday morning and applied it. Intentionally shifting away from the negative. Putting my mind in a place that I need to be the mother I would want to have. I need to be the partner I would want to have. I need to be the leader I would want to follow. Most importantly, I need to have a faith that I want my children to have. I need to remain teachable. I need to embrace the joy that God and life has handed me.
Intentionally shifting your mind to those dreams, that job, those relationships you want to have, lets circumstance begin to evolve in that direction. When it becomes habit suddenly those struggles, whatever they may be, don’t feel like such a burden. Know you are doing the best you can because you have pushed all excuses to the side to become the person you were always meant to be. Outside appearances my not always look shiny or pieced together perfectly. The faith and intention set the foundation and strong bones of the structure for the life you want.
Challenge yourself for one week to live intentionally. Keep yourself accountable. Hand over all the negative when you feel it start to seep into your being. Say “Not today. Today is going to be fabulous!” Say it until you believe it. Keep your mind in the realm of the person you want to be in the life you want to have. Keep yourself accountable and let no excuse stop you from your dreams. If you ever feel like you have drifted back to old routines, do the challenge again and again.
Hope you all had a Heart Happy weekend! I know I did!
All my love,
Ephesians 6:13-15 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;