motivation monday: my 5 favorite posts and how to overcome resistance

by Barb on September 2, 2013

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Steph, Lauryn, and I are taking this week’s Motivation Monday linky off to be with our families on Labor Day. We hope you had a good summer, and we hope you’re on your way to a great fall. I’m sharing some of my favorite posts to keep you going this week, along with a podcast by Michael Hyatt that I think will help you with any changes you’re making in your family and life this fall.

Practice Not Quitting

How to Overcome the Resistance by Michael Hyatt (podcast)

Last week, on one of my walks, I listened to a podcast by Michael Hyatt about resistance. If you’re not familiar with Michael Hyatt, he’s the former Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, and author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. He writes and speaks about “intentional” leadership: personal development, leadership, productivity, platform, and publishing. While his focus is on potential leaders, as a mom, writer, and volunteer, I’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from his posts and podcasts since I am a de facto leader in my family and community.

One of my takeaways from Hyatt’s podcast is the need to practice not quitting. As a mom, every time, I work with my children on their attitudes and behavior to help them become adults with good character, I am not quitting. As a runner, every time, I lace up my shoes and head out the door, I am not quitting. You get the picture.

We have to practice not quitting every single day, every single moment. We have to train our wills to bend towards making the choice that moves us toward our goal. Some days this training is easy. On the hard days, just getting up and putting one foot in front of the other is the goal.

Practice = continuous improvement. We did better today than we did yesterday, or last week. Practice does not equal perfection. Let’s practice being a better version of ourselves.

My 5 Favorite Motivation Posts

One way to practice is to fill our heads and hearts with affirmations and inspirational reading. I rounded up 5 of my favorite Motivation Monday posts, some practical, some inspirational. Enjoy!

I ended the post list with the Vision/Inspiration Board in hopes that you’ll take your vision for yourself and create a visual reminder that keeps you going when the practice session has been really tough. Sometimes, reminding ourselves of why we’re doing what we’re doing helps us focus and stay motivated.

Don’t forget to give yourself a day of rest, too. Puttering about the house, reading a book, spending time with friends  – whatever fills your bucket to help you practice not quitting.

Share one thing you’re working on this fall in the comments.

Meet Barb

Barb Hoyer has written 3747 posts.

After working in the fundraising world for over ten years, Barb is an avid runner, writer, photographer, parent volunteer, and lover of dictionaries and thesauruses. Wife to an engineer and mom to 5 kids, Barb lives in the suburbs of Philly. Her idea of relaxation is an afternoon on the couch with a stack of books.

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