I don’t know where you are in your goal journey, if you’ve just begun or if you’re stuck right in the middle or nearing the finish line. I don’t know how difficult the journey has become or what obstacles you’ve had to overcome along the way, although I do know every attempt to accomplish a goal is not without mountains needing to be climbed.
I don’t know how you’ve been changed and stretched and refined, but I do know you have if you’ve managed to stick with it long enough.
And I don’t know what external and internal stresses have slammed into your motivation, nicked it and banged it up a bit. I do know that most days are filled with more than one of these motivation killers even apart from trying to reach our goals.
Some of us are built to handle stress better than others because of our personality, while others are have the ability to move past it quickly and with little residual effects. I am not one of those people by nature. Thankfully I have someone in my life who is, and he challenges me to choose laughter. His ability to move swiftly through stress is related to his ability to tap into humor and laugh.
His motto is simple, “I’d rather laugh.”
Laughter is such a gift, and so easily accessible if we train ourselves to indulge. We all have the capacity to find humor in every situation, to laugh and release stress and to continue moving forward in our motivation.
Laughter gives us perspective where stress narrows our view.
Laughter lightens the mood where stress overwhelms.
Laughter releases the hold of fear where stress inhibits and constricts.
Laughter attracts others where stress builds walls and barriers.
Laughter relaxes where stress tenses.
Laughter motivates where stress debilitates.
Laughter triggers hope where stress triggers hopelessness.
How much better to see humor and choose laughter when stress comes knocking. How much healthier we all would be by splashing laughter into our hearts when stress collides with our plans. And how much better to relax, refocus and rejuvenate in laughter than to bow to stress.
Sometimes it takes someone who doesn’t have a learning curve when it comes to laughter and humor to teach us how to choose. And that’s OK. We all have some work to do when it comes to staying motivated.
Sometimes it takes a little external help to tune our hearts to laughter. To tune our hearts to happy. Whatever it takes, laughter is a worthy goal in itself. So, wherever you are along your goal journey, expect stress to push its way in, and expect it to make its best effort to steal your motivation.
Stand tall and make a choice that’s yours alone to make.
Choose to relax, Choose to refocus. Look stress in the face and declare, “I’d rather laugh!”
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