I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about how being content and striving to be better are not opposites, and yet we often see them that way. You can love your body and have a positive self-image while working on losing weight for your health. You can be happy in your job while looking for new opportunities. You can cherish moments at home with the kids and work towards having a more organized house.
But so often we see things as polar opposites. If we are on a diet, it’s because we hate the way we look. If we want a new job, it’s because we hate where we are currently. If we want a clean house, it’s because we’re fed up with the mess.
Friends, I’m here to tell you (and me) that it doesn’t have to be that way. Love and cherish the season you’re in now. Be grateful for everything that is great in your life. But by all means, go out there and CRUSH IT!
Not only can you be content while striving to be better, you should. Here’s why. When you’re content, you’re more pleasant to be around, happier, and more motivated. An employee who is content at their job is more likely to take on more projects, therefore making that person more desirable to other companies. If you’re happy with your body, you’re more likely to try out new things that can lead to weight loss, like a dance class or a walking club.
By being discontent and fed up with your current life, you might actually be stunting your growth.
Start by counting your blessings. I’ve heard that phrase time and time again, but it hasn’t really sunk in until recently. Gratitude is so important. So many of us skip right past all the little blessings in our lives onto the complaints. But if you are reading this right now, you have a lot to be thankful for. You have access to a computer and the internet. You have free time to read. You have the breath in your lungs.
Count your blessings. Look for opportunities that come your way and pursue them with all the might you can conjure up. Let’s do this!