I always love to ask people “what’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?” I’m not sure why, I just find everyone’s answers so intriguing. It tells you a lot about a person and their beliefs, and it’s safe to say I’ve collected my fair share of quotes over the years from speeches, teachers, books, friends and family. But there have only been a few pieces that really resonated with me – words that I’ve clung onto when times get hard or when I need to give myself a little pep talk.
Sometimes all you need is some wisdom for things to feel a bit better, inspired, or to know you’re not at it alone.
“Stay in your own lane”
If a swimmer looks over to the next lane to see how that person is doing, they stop paying attention to their race, which slows them down immediately. You can’t get ahead while watching the person next to you.
And it’s the same idea with everything in life. When you start focusing on someone else, you start doubting yourself. As a blogger, it’s so hard not to compare yourself to other bloggers. But in the end, there is absolutely no good that comes out of it. It just drags you down, takes your eyes off the prize & your goals while we glamourise the lives of others. It’s a dangerous trap.
Everyone is on a different path so focus on you & your progress – that’s where you’ll find your happiness.
“Great things never came from comfort zones”
It’s important to push the boundaries of your comfort zone, because as comfortable as it is, nothing will ever grow there. If you want something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done. I wrote a whole post on how to live outside your comfort zone, but to put it simply, it is critical to success. It’s something I’m continuously working on – stepping out into the unknown isn’t easy, but it’s so rewarding.
What I’m trying to say is, don’t ever settle or become victim to the complacency trap. Make some room for adventure.
“Supporting another’s success wont ever dampen yours”
Some people make it seem like there is a limited amount of success to go around, which is not true at all. Instead of becoming jealous, become inspired. You can get there too.
It’s one of the worst feelings to have something good happen to you, only to be knocked down by the person next to you. Who here hasn’t suffered the sting of a snarky comment or workplace sabotage? Could you just imagine what we could achieve if we spent more time building each other up?
Jealously is when you count someone else’s blessings instead of your own. There is no reason to be jealous of another’s success. If one person creates success, it doesn’t mean you can’t.
“Food is the most abused anxiety drug. Exercise is the most under-utilized anti-depressant.”
How many of you eat when you’re stressed, anxious, panicky, or depressed?
Now, how many of you exercise when you’re experiencing those same feelings?
My relationship with food and fitness has been rocky, so this one really hit home for me. It is proven that regular exercise is an excellent way to boost your mood and get in shape. You will NEVER regret a workout. You will never feel bad after a workout. It releases your endorphins – your happy hormones – so why don’t we take advantage of that feeling more often?
While ordering a pizza in after a bad day might make you feel good every once in a while, it certainly wont if you’re doing it everyday. I get it, it’s convenient. But I promise you, a workout will make you feel 100% better after a bad day. The hardest part is just starting.
I’m definitely not saying exercise cures all, but speaking from my experience, I noticed a positive influence on my own mental health when I cleaned up my diet and started exercising regularly.
“Have the courage to live a life true to yourself, not the life others expect from you”
I really, really love this quote. This reminds me so much of my post on why I never want to settle down. And I still don’t, for anyone wondering.
There are so many people who do things because it’s what you’re “supposed” to do, because it’s what society expects from you. But is it what you really want to do?
I have that many girlfriends who are terrified of being single at 25 or not being married by 30… sorry, but where is this rule coming from? I would rather get married at 75 with someone I have no doubts with, then to get married at 25 from the pressure of society.
Just because it’s what everyone else is doing, doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.
I have so much admiration for people who can go against the crowds and stand in for what they believe in, even if they’re standing alone.