Resolution #4: Keep Shootin’

In high school, I was on our varsity basketball team. One of my favorite teachers of all time, Mr. Wheeler, came to a lot of our games. One day in class, after a tough loss, he said to me, “Hey kid. Keep shootin’ the ball.” I laughed, and said something like, “Of course,” or “You got it.”

When class was over, he came up to me again and said, “No, I don’t mean to just keep shootin’. I mean, when the game is on the line, when your shot isn’t falling, keep shootin’.”

I still didn’t quite understand what he was trying to say until about a year ago, when he wished me a “Happy birthday” on FaceBook. He also wrote, “Remember to keep shootin’.”

Now – all these years later – I finally get it! He meant that even when things aren’t going my way, keep shootin’. When all is well, keep shootin’. It doesn’t matter the circumstance, keep shootin’. He was telling me to keep doing what I’m good at regardless of the outcome, because eventually, the shot will go in. The only way it won’t is if I stop shooting the ball.

Thanks Mr. Wheeler! My fourth resolution of the year is dedicated to you.

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Resolution #3: Be Bold(er)

This one doesn’t need much explanation.

In 2018, I am going to be bolder! I’m setting bigger (reasonable) goals. I’m going to collaborate with people who are ahead of the game. I’m going new places, and trying new things.

This year will be full of new, bold moves for me! What about you?

Resolution #2: Waste Less; Value More

I’ve noticed that I’ve gotten way too comfortable wasting things, like: time, energy, food, cash, and worry. I have no long, drawn explanation for this resolution. It’s actually pretty simple.

Problem?

Unnecessary Waste

Solution?

Become more mindful and appreciative of those things.

I read somewhere that when we value something, we tend to be treat that thing better than the things we do not value.

Duly noted…

…because I value the things I listed above, and I know that it is a privilege to have them. Also, there are millions of people worldwide, and in my very own city who can’t afford to waste those things. So, who am I to waste things that are so precious, and yet not guaranteed to all of us?

#StopTheWaste2018

Resolution #1: Consistency

I get it; some people hate the idea of resolutions. Some hate that their favorite treadmill will be taken for the next 3 weeks. Others laugh at the idea of “cutting people off” overnight.

Well, I’m not one of those people (anymore). I don’t know about you, but I’m feeding off all the positive energy (and a little bit of the hate, too). And I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to start working on my resolutions. Each day this week, I will reveal one of my five New Year resolutions.

For me, it helps to be transparent and accountable (that’s why I’m posting them everywhere!). It’s also helpful for me to understand that change is a process. It starts with a resolution, then it takes consistent work until it is no longer a “resolution.” I’m working to make each resolution a part of me, my life, and my purpose.

That’s why I’m starting the week with this resolution:

After grad school, I was burned out! I didn’t realize it, but I was. I didn’t take a break to figure who I was and what I wanted outside of the assignments I was given 18+ years of classes. I was a college student. That’s it. While that was an honor, I lost track of what I really wanted, or -better yet – what MY true purpose was/is.

So, I headed out into the working world chasing every shiny opportunity. When some of those things became exhausting (because they weren’t meant for me), or they weren’t “fun” anymore, I flaked out. When I got overwhelmed, I shut down physically (Your body will shut itself down, if you don’t take care of it!).

As a result, I started appearing flaky, unfocused, and overall difficult to count on. It all boiled down to one thing: consistency. So, 2018 I will become more consistent. If I choose to take on a project, I WILL see it through to the best of my abilities. If I know I cannot be consistent on another project, I will have to respectfully pass up the opportunity (because it’s probably meant for someone else’s purpose). I will be more consistent in my friendships, mentorships, fellowships, and new relationships.

It won’t always be easy. I will get tired. I may get bored. I will probably be overwhelmed at times. But, I resolve to become more consistent in all areas of my life: mind, body, and soul.

What about you? Drop your resolutions below.

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Monday’s Motivation

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Life is full of ups and down. When you’re down, very few options are available: quit (and stay down) or get up (keep going). 

What will you choose? 

Happy Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Today, it’s easy to march downtown and then head out to breakfast. It’s easy to find a quote online, or tell the world why we have a dream and add a few hashtags. #iHaveAdream #MLK #Equality #HappyBirthday

While these acts are awesome (and worthwhile), let’s channel that energy and motivation each and every day we are 10 toes down. 

Here is what I challenge myself to do over the next year in honor of Dr. MLK and the movement:

1. I will not judge a book by its cover. I will give everyone a chance to show me who they are, instead of allowing any labels to dictate how I treat you. 

2. I will challenge those around me to be more giving, caring, and empathetic to others (regardless of race, class, gender, sexuality, etc.). 

3. I will volunteer and work in areas that directly impact social justice. 

4. I will not be a silent observer of social injustice in any form at any level. 

5. I will not apologize for demanding equality and equity in the systems within which I participate. 

What are you going to do?! 

Tuesday’s Tidbit

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Reflecting on the things you’ve said and done is important to growing as a person. 

Unfortunately, in my opinion, we overdo it once we think about or actually go to college. There are so many questions: “Did I pick the right school?” “Is this the right major for me?” “What DO I want to do?” “Who am I?” “What’s next?” “Skip a shower today?” “Drop out, transfer, or stick it out?” “How safe is it to eat 2-week old pizza?”

It’s ridiculous the number of questions you’ll ask yourself. (Let’s not think about the questions that come from the family, our friends, professors, etc.)

So, do yourself a favor and keep it simple. 

“Did I do the right thing?” 

No. 

Okay, then re-evaluate your decision and work to never be in that situation, or prepare yourself to handle that situation differently in the future. 

Yes. 

Cool. Now, think about how it benefited you, and how you can build on this benefit. 

Keep it simple. 

Don’t let “overthinking” become a second job, or a second major. You won’t get extra class credit for it. 

You’ll just get extra stressed. 

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Monday’s Motivation

Meme Source: MadameNoire.com (Dec. 20, 2016)

This meme will never get old! I don’t know about you, but I am ready to set goals and meet each and every one of this week. 

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