A couple of weeks ago, I walked into Target with my boyfriend on what was just one of our standard near-daily trips to this promised land. Upon walking in, you are immediately face to face with the women’s clothing section (well played, Target consumer analysts…). Evidently I am no exception to consumer behavior, as I quickly spotted a tank on the rack that read “Give Up on Giving Up”. Seeing as there was only one left and it was my size, I had picked it up and had begun walking away before I could even finish getting the words “I love this!” out of my mouth. My boyfriend was shocked (maybe horrified) at how quickly I had made up my mind without even a second glance at the thing but honestly, who can resist a good, cheap graphic tank? Not I…
Once I actually had the time to process this $12.99 piece of fabric, I started to think more about the message. This came at a time where I was trying to think of something to give up for Lent, and I had already given up on coming up with a new years resolution that I could even begin to stick to seeing as the word “diet” is not in my vocabulary. Could I give up on giving up? What would this mean? I have to do it now since I got the shirt, right?
So I’m giving it a try. I have never been blessed with patience, so unfortunately when things don’t come easily to me I am tempted to get frustrated. I’ve started to pay attention to the number of times the words “I can’t” or “I don’t know” come out of my mouth in a day and I’ve quickly come to realize the positive effects that this slight change could make not only in my personal life, but also in my career, fitness, and anything else I may take on this year. I can. And I don’t always know but I can always find the answer. Imagine what we all can accomplish if we only stop doubting ourselves?
In a world so busy and competitive, it is so easy to stay within our comfort zones and simply fly under the radar. Over the past few months, I’ve quickly realized how detrimental this can be. Sure, anyone can live comfortably and be perfectly happy with their own little world and there is nothing wrong with that mindset. Unless, of course, you want to be heard. To make a difference. To get what you deserve and work to deserve things you may not yet be deserving of. I’ve learned that no one is going to hand you anything if there are people working harder for it. Get up and get it.
Who wants to try this with me? Just for one day, take note of how many times you doubt yourself. You are the only thing holding you back. Unless you are on a low-carb diet…then that is holding you back. Just kidding 🙂
I’ll leave you with some wise words from my girl Meredith Grey:
“DON’T LET FEAR KEEP YOU QUIET. YOU HAVE A VOICE, SO USE IT. SPEAK UP. RAISE YOUR HANDS. SHOUT YOUR ANSWERS. MAKE YOURSELF HEARD. WHATEVER IT TAKES, JUST FIND YOUR VOICE. AND WHEN YOU DO, FILL THE DAMN SILENCE.”
Go get ’em.