It is a beautiful Sunday morning
And, I awoke this morning with a heart of gratitude
As I laid in bed, I listened to the gentle sounds of the waterfall streaming into the pool as the morning sunlight peaked through my window.
I pulled out my phone, hopped on YouTube and selected my favorite morning gratitude meditation and closed my eyes..
I was guided into a meditation of gratitude and I began to thank God for life, health, strength, my family, my home, opportunities and everything I could think of in that moment.
I became overwhelmed with gratitude.. My heart felt soo full. As I got further into the 10 minute meditation session, I began to feel as if a fire had been reignited within me of passion and enthusiasm to not just get up and start my day, but of boldness to walk in my purpose! The reason this is soo significant for me, the reason I even bother to share this with you is because, I have not been feeling like my authentic self for awhile now.
I have experienced periods of not feeling like myself on and off pretty much since the start of Covid-19. But stick with me, I’m going somewhere with this..
As I started my day with Sunday Morning worship and a delicious, hot cup of coffee, I had in mind that I would write a blog about How to Manage Stress While Pursuing Your Goals, since that’s been my topic of the past week. However, when I sat down to write, I felt inspired to write about something this…
How you start your day is soo important. And, I am trying to develop a consistency when it comes to starting my day off right. I am striving to be intentional about my morning routine. Because, for too long, have I neglected to start my day off with gratitude, with prayer + meditation, with setting my intentions for the day.. Instead, I’d jump up five minuets before starting my 9 to 5, WFH and I’d never gain any real momentum or enthusiasm in my day. By the end of my workday, I’d feel soo sluggish, lethargic and unmotivated to do anything but eat, maybe do a workout before showering and hopping in the bed to binge watch a few shows before sleeping. The only enthusiasm I’d feel was not clock-out and end the day. Literally, living for the weekend. Y’all, I’d been in a funk off and on for so long. And, yesterday, it finally hit me as to WHY…
For starters, I was not starting my day off right. I was waking up with a negative mindset, with dread – because I knew I was 5 minutes away from logging into my 9 to 5, where I’d spend 8 hours doing something that I am not passionate about. I knew that by the time I clocked out, I wouldn’t feel motivated or have any inspiration to work on MY Passion and MY purpose – my business and my goals.
Secondly, I’d fallen away. When I get in a funk, I become inconsistent. The things I normally do, like meditating, eating healthy, etc.. I stop doing for awhile because I feel unmotivated and just really tired all the time. Like physically, mentally and emotionally I just felt drained ALL of the time and I wasn’t really doing anything to get out of it. Now, I believe it is totally normal to experience periods like this and that it’s okay to give yourself a day or 2 off to just sulk and experience that valley. But after that day or 2 is over.. It’s up to you to SNAP out of it. It becomes our responsibility to get up, brush ourselves off…
I can no longer blame COVID for me not getting up and pursuing my dreams. While COVID was very much an unexpected setback that put a dent in my plans – I had planned to participate in many in-person events throughout 2020 to network, promote my book and coaching business.. But when COVID happened, many people had to transition to doing things online. Now, I LOVE in-person engagements. I don’t enjoy being behind a camera, at all. I just feel soo self-conscious and insecure when I’m behind a screen. I don’t feel the confidence that I DO feel when I’m physically in person with people or on a stage in front of a crowd of people. I don’t know why I am that way but… I let that hold me back and the longer I held back, the less I felt like myself. Because instead of adjusting to the times, I did nothing. I took a “break” and never really came back for a long time.
When you KNOW what your passion and purpose is in life and you are not or you stop walking IN that purpose – you will NOT feel like yourself. I promise you, it will feel like there is a void, as if something is missing, you just won’t feel quite right.. And, that is literally how I felt for most of 2020 and 2021. Sometimes I felt depressed, other times I just felt lost. But listen, I have not, will not and am not staying there! I’ve got work to do and so do you.
Speaking as someone who has both studied and experienced the benefits of meditating every morning and night, I am an advocate for meditation! No, it is not for everybody. But, if it’s not something you’ve tried – I highly encourage you to try it for 1 week at minimum. You can start off with 5 minutes and work your way up to 10 or 15 minutes once or twice a day. It really is a gamechanger when it comes to your MINDSET… Oop! There’s that word again. Mindset. Literally, EVERYTHING has to do with mindset. The key to getting out of my funk has been being intentional about shifting my mindset. How I’ve been able to do that is through MEDITATION – Specifically, gratitude meditation.
It reminds me of who I am, what I have and what I have been created to do. It allows me to feel refreshed, revived in my body and in my mind. It helps me regulate my emotions and to ground myself when I feel overwhelmed and anxious. It allows me to speak to the chaos in my heart and mind – peace be still.
Meditation. Gratitude. Affirmations… It can help you shift your mindset and get into a healthy mental and emotional space where you finally FEEL motivated and empowered to actively pursue your passion and purpose.
I honestly feel more confident in myself and in my ability to successfully pursue my purpose when I meditate consistently. Prayer has been essential for me as well – because I am connecting with my creator. I get to commune with him, and open my heart and mind, enabling me to hear from him.
If you are in a funk and feel stuck when it comes to feeling motivated and empowered to pursue your goals and manifest your dreams… I come to let you know that you WILL get unstuck and you WILL fulfill your LIFE purpose. Don’t be discouraged. You don’t have to stay in the valley. You don’t have to stay in a negative space. If you look around and don’t see a way out – start with meditation. Start with gratitude. Use positive affirmations and begin to speak life over yourself, over your goals and dreams and pray. Eventually, you will come out and will emerge feeling free and empowered to be your best self!
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Until next time, much love to you. Let’s make it a great week!
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