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Asking Why

I stand looking in the mirror.

“Ew–this is not the dress for me. The waist hits in the wrong spot. The color just washes me out. I don’t know what’s going on with these sleeves, but they are NOT working. This is an epic fail.”

We’ve all been there. The terrible shopping experience of trying on an outfit or article of clothing that just…doesn’t work.

{But Why}

That’s the question you have to ask. If it looks terrible there has to be a reason.

I remember shopping with a dear friend (who of course will remain nameless) and she laughed at me as I twirled in front of the mirror assessing the outfit. Well of course I need to figure out what’s wrong with it so I don’t make the same mistake twice.

Asking why can be applied to so many areas of my life.

To ask yourself “Why are you doing that” or “Why isn’t that working” gives us a chance to fix the mistakes for the second time around.

So next time you try on an outfit and it doesn’t work, attempt a new diet and fail epically, try a new recipe and the flavor isn’t expected, or any number of things ask yourself why they flopped. By asking ourselves why we can change how we approach it and succeed.

“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” –Pat Riley

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Are you Comfortable?

I heard the best quote the other day about excellence.


Doing what comes naturally and what is comfortable to us does not make us better.

This was such a rebuke to me! I prefer to be comfortable. I love doing things I know I can excel at.

I like starting an IV on a strong young man (they have great veins)! An IV for a cute little (dehydrated) old lady? Ya I’ll pass! I like running a mile. Running (not walking) two miles? Hm…Maybe I’ll try that tomorrow.

But if we only stay within the confines of what we are already proficient in we will never excel.

*So this week

~Get out of your comfort zone! Strive towards excellence~ 



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