Every morning I start my day with a “PEP talk”. The conversations I have with myself are full of Passion, Enthusiasm and Perseverance.
These daily “self-talk” are important because they keep me grounded and focused on the important things in my Life. Giving thanks for all that is good; they keep my thoughts in line – defending me against the negatives that try to tackle me; and they tell me to to keep striving – to make the necessary changes within so I will always be a winner in the game of Life.
Most days, I manage to plow my way through with feelings of peppiness but there are some days when I feel completely defeated and at a loss.
During the times when I’m not on a winning streak, I’ve learned to not give up and quit – when my inner coach’s speech doesn’t give me the get up and go I need when I’m faced with a challenge. During these down times, I go over the “instant replay” in my mind to figure out what I did wrong and where I need to make changes.
I’ve learned that no matter how much positive influences I surround myself with, if I don’t do my part and listen to my inner coach, then I’m not going to perform to the best of my ability each and every day.
Practice makes perfect…
We can’t always look to, depend on and wait for people around us to give us that pat on the back or a hug saying, “You can do it” or “Hey, you did your best – everything is going to be alright”. Take it upon yourself to practice - train your brain to work with your inner coach so you can give yourself the PEP talk you need.
You will also come to understand that sometimes in the game of Life, you don’t always have to be physically involved in the game - there are times when its best to just sit on the sidelines – to observe and learn from others.
Learn to become your biggest fan and cheerleader – in giving yourself encouragement and to keep your spirits up even when you lose a game or two.
Think You Can
If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don’t
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost certain you won’t.
“If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will—
It’s all in the state of mind.
“If you think you are outclassed, you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
“Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!”
author – C. W. Longenecker