This is an email that Nicole Antoinette sent our to her subscribers yesterday called ‘My four wishes for you in 2015’ and is SO good I’m sharing it here with you word for word:
- That you’ll finally be the most enthusiastic person on your own damn team. Stop treating yourself like shit. Stop with the self-sabotage. Stop letting your excuses run your life. In short, stop fighting yourself every step of the way and let 2015 finally be the year that you become your most aggressive supporter. Have you ever seen those wild & crazy soccer fans cheering at the World Cup matches? Jumping up and down, faces painted, screaming until they lose their voices? Become that person for yourself.
- That you’ll realize that we all have the same exact fears. Seriously, you aren’t special, and I say that in the kindest and most loving way possible. I am afraid of all of the exact same things that you are afraid of. That guy in line behind you at Starbucks? The woman on her phone at the table in the corner? The barista? Yep, they’re all afraid, too. We’re all afraid that we’ll fail, that we won’t be good enough, that people will laugh at us or gossip about us behind our backs. We’re afraid that we won’t be loved. We’re afraid of rejection. We’re afraid we’ll wind up alone. We’re afraid that we’ll never do the work we’re meant to do. We’re afraid that we’ll give up when things get hard. We’re afraid that we won’t be able to let go of what has happened to us in our past. We’re afraid that we’ll change and succeed and that the people we love will be jealous or unsupportive. We’re all afraid of all those things, and more, pretty much all the time. And that’s okay. We’re all going to be just fine. You’re going to be fine and I’m going to be fine and that guy in line behind you in Starbucks is going to be fine too. Stop waiting for the fear to pass, because it won’t. Step up, remember how badly you want what you want, and just get the fuck on with making it happen.
- That you’ll try – just at least try – in every situation, and that you won’t quit the minute things get messy and difficult. LIFE IS MESSY AND DIFFICULT SOMETIMES. Get over it. Stop fantasizing about this luxuriously comfortable life where you never have to sweat and bleed and struggle. How do you expect to grow without pressure? Diamonds aren’t formed by being lightly handled and wrapped in soft, cozy fabrics. Pressure is a privilege – act accordingly.
- That you’ll push yourself to your absolute breaking point over something or someone that matters to you. Stop holding back. There is always more – more love, more creativity, more of everything – and it’s time to stop hoarding your resources. Open yourself up. Treat your life like a liquidation sale where everything must go. Die empty.