On her website, Becky Mollenkamp says, "Your thoughts aren't trash. Your feelings aren't toxic. Failing to get rich isn't because you don't push enough or believe enough... You can't just think yourself happy. Stress, fear, and overwhelm aren't mind trash or trolls. Your struggles aren't a personality defect. Your challenges aren't character flaws. Your problems aren't mental or moral shortcomings."
This fresh approach is what made me want to interview Becky. She's an ICF-certified life coach with hundreds of hours of experience who helps people believe in and love themselves, let go of "shoulds" and feel more confident and worthy. She's the host of the Gutsy Boss podcast and has a coaching community by the same name.
In our interview, we covered "hitting the wall" in running and life, and she suggested a new way to look at the wall. We talked about changing jobs, self care, and about how women and girls are conditioned to believe their needs come second.
To wrap up the Booties and Burpees December challenge, I wrote a "see you later" email to the participants. I felt a little like Jerry Maguire writing his manifesto while doing it. (And now I really want to watch that movie again! Maybe over the holiday weekend while we sit around in our Christmas jammies?)
Here is an excerpt from the mini manifesto I wrote for my Booties and Burpees challengers:
In 2018, I want to help more people learn to think like champions. You don't need to be an elite athlete to benefit from this mentality. In fact, this has nothing to do with actual athletic ability. Thinking like a champion is a way of life, a way of thinking and behaving that leads to success. Champions believe in themselves, support those around them, and put their hearts into whatever they choose to pursue.
The other day, I was working in the kitchen, and I kept hearing this horrible ruckus outside. At first, I wrote it off as neighbors working on an outdoor project, but the noise was distracting... and sounded closer than the neighbor's house. In fact, it sounded like something was hitting my house. When I finally investigated, I saw this bird.
This poor little guy had been flying into the glass in my dining room window for over 45 minutes before I spotted him. I immediately grabbed my phone to snap a picture because after thinking, "Poor little guy..." my next thought was "What a great metaphor!"
How often do we fly full-force into a glass window and ricochet off before we realize our approach is not working? And once we realize we need to try something new, do we remain stuck in the same pattern, unable to break out... or do we change the plan?
Over the course of the next several hours, I opened the front door and stood on the porch to scare the bird away. Each time, he flew away...
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