The older I get the more I see that acceptance is the key to success. Accept you might ask? Aren’t I supposed to be striving and working hard to get to where I want to be? Isn’t acceptance code for giving up? Or even worse yet…failure?
Accept Where You Are
The answer is no of course. Unfortunately we live in a world that is not so black and white. I have experienced numerous changes both personally and professionally in the past few years. These changes are often full of challenges that we do forsee. The challenges can add up to make you feel like life is a daily battle. I am sure I am not alone in this struggle. There are silver linings in the cloud, but it can sometimes be hard to see. Often, there are things that simply happen, for better or worse, and we have to accept it and move on. Not accepting where we are with our lives or our goals creates stress. Stress holds us back from moving forward and thriving. In the worse case scenario, it can create obsession for worrying about the future or the mundane details of life.
Highs and Lows
On a personal note, October was a month filled with highs and lows for me. I finally felt settled after moving. Heck – I knew the right direction to turn out of my apartment complex! Big stuff. Then came the computer disaster which was a huge blow to someone who relies so heavily on technology. However, it did lead to the purchase of my new Mac computer love, Fiona. So there is a silver lining. After a lovely birthday, I came down with a horrible flu that lasted two full weeks. No worries! I was going to power through. However, there is a point where you cannot do that anymore. You have no choice but to accept where you are right now. Life is what is happening in the present moment.
I slowly returned to regular life after what felt like suffering through the plague. Regular life for me includes my time at the gym. Boy, was getting through a workout exhausting. Unfortunately, sometimes setbacks are indeed setbacks, and we have to climb back to where we were. Those two weeks off were evident in my stamina and strength.
Hold onto your hat because this is where the true test comes into play. I believe the answer when we hit these critical times is putting in the time and the work to get better. We have to leave our hightened emotions at the door, roll up our sleeves, and do whatever is necessary.
Do not be held back by where you are now. If you are not happy with your job, the state of your fitness and health, or personal life situation. Accept it is where you are now. Now is not forever or even next week. Embrace the present. Use it as fuel to move forward with intent and purpose.
So let’s accept where we are now and make every moment count. Here’s to a a great week ahead.