We're asking you what quotes, words, or phrases keep you going and encouraged during tough times on your journey? In other words, What's your JOURNEYSTRENGTH?
MYJOURNEYSTRENGTH: JACKIE SCHNICKE
Here are my personal go to phrases (with the addition of my favorite quotes from a badass book for added inspiration) that allow me to stay in line with what I want to achieve and keep me chasing my dreams on a daily basis.
One: Be brave.
But first, be brave. In order to get anywhere in life, you will have to step outside of your comfort zone at some point. What does that look like? Knowing in your heart that THIS (whatever this is in your life) is meant to be. No matter who tries to talk you out of it, who tries to tell you that you are crazy, who tries to tell you that you will fail, YOU must have unwavering belief. Belief in yourself, belief in what you are doing, and belief that you can do anything you set your mind too.
“But maybe, if you put your disbelief aside, roll up your sleeves, take some risks, and totally go for it, you’ll wake up one day and realize you’re living the kind of life you use to be jealous of.” -Jen Sincero, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
Bravery and belief go hand in hand. You can be brave, but not fully believe. And you can believe, but take no action. The strength to continue on your journey comes from both. Be brave, believe, and your badass self will rise to whatever the challenge ahead may be! Repeat after me, you’ve got this.
Two: Never lose hope.
You can achieve anything you put your mind too. Never lose hope in what your are doing for you started for a reason. If you desire something in life, go out and get it. Be proactive in the things you dream about for those can lead your to your greater purpose in life.
“This is the way belief works. Even it if seems impossible, you have to have faith anyway, and the second you stop believing, you pop the bubble and stop attracting the magic in your life.” - Jen Sincero
Be ambitious. Aim high. Set crazy awesome goals. And at the end of the day, keep the hope alive. The flame burning inside of you only gets put out if you let it. Shine bright, my dear.
Three: Don’t compare yourself to others.
“You are more than enough. Avoid comparison like the plague.” - Jen Sincero
This is a cardinal rule. One must never compare herself/himself to others. Each individual on earth is moving forward on their own path, at their own pace, in a particular time. If we go around comparing ourselves to one another, what good are we doing? The answer is NONE. If you put all your energy into someone else life and accomplishments, you will lose focus on where you want to go. It will put a damper on your life. If you have BIG dreams and BIG goals, focus on them. Don’t waste energy. Use it for good. Use it to move forward. Let’s all ditch the comparing game of life. Start living it. End of story.
Four: Why did I start?
When you know what hits the fan and everything things seems to be going wrong, its time to stop and reflect. Ask yourself, “Why did I start in the first place?” It may take some digging because when you get to this point, words have started to fog up your brain. These words are holding you back from greatness. These words are trying to control you. In order to get over the hump and ditch the fear, get back to your WHY. For whatever you fill your mind with, you will become. DO NOT let those words have that power over you. You are strong, you are powerful, and you have the capability to bulldozer through this wall trying to keep you from your dreams. Take power over those words, put on your big girl (or boy) pants, and tell yourself you were born for greatness. WHY did you begin this journey? When you press the reset button, you will feel a sense of calmness come over you. And so you begin again.
“Whatever happens, stay the course, because there’s nothing cooler than watching your entire reality shift into one that is the perfect expression of you.” - Jen Sincero
Five: You are loved (& love yourself).
Never ever stop telling yourself these three words. It is such a simple phrase, but holds huge impact. Even on our darkest days, in the trenches our deepest struggles, we must hold tight to those who love us. For what are we without our army of supporters? You are loved. But before we can accept the love of others, we must first love ourselves.
“Love yourself. Fiercely, loyally, unapologetically.” - Jen Sincero
Six: Be unapologetically you.
This is the most important in my book. The truth is there are endless amounts of things in society that tell us to not be who we are. Those “things” cause self-doubt, lack of confidence, and countless other gut wrenching feelings. The worst of them all - dream crusher. Although we all go through these times in our life where these negative feelings creep in, once you embrace your natural self, you find peace in who you are and know that you are exactly who you are meant to be. That is when you know deep in your bones, nothing and no one can stop you. You are on this earth for a reason. You have a greater purpose. And you are the only you in this world. So be unapologetically you. Life is way more fun this way.
“To shy away from who you truly are would leave the world you-less. You are the only you there is and ever will be.” - Jen Sincero
Whatever your words of encouragement are during tough times, keep repeating them to yourself. Our words are very powerful. They keep our mind in line with our goals and keep us focused. Now go out into the world and find out what you are passionate about - this will lead you to your greater purpose. Embrace it. Love it. Live it. This is where the true you will shine. You are here for a reason (Don’t forget that!). The world deserves to see the best version of YOU.
“Every single person is born with unique and valuable gifts to share with the world. Once we figure out what ours are, and decide to live out lives putting them to use. that’s when, and only when, the real party begins.” - Jen Sincero