If you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth

If you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth

For those of you who are familiar with the Rocky films, this is a speech that Rocky gives his son in the film Rocky Balboa (2006). I love these films. They are iconic and wonderful movies about the underdog overcoming adversities.

Here is the video clip (this is fair usage, and I give full credit to the studio):

Why am I bringing this up, you may ask? Well there is good reason for that.

I have been facing a few changes in my life and I will be facing a few big changes very soon. Over the past few months I have been sitting on the advent of big changes, waiting for confirmations. It has been difficult knowing and not being able to tell. But now that the moment is upon me where things have come together and are coming to fruition, it is time to engage with these changes and take the next step forward.

Over the next year into 2020 it is going to be an accelerated learning curve and mega growth spurt of being in a new job, being in a new study course, potentially living in a new area, and running a wellness online business with a friend. You can say I am a bit scared and apprehensive, but you can also say that I am looking forward to these challenges and changes, as scary and daunting as they may appear now, as I know I will have experienced tremendous personal growth and development at the end of it.

Change is scary.

It’s true. People want to develop and grow, but they are scared of change. Change means becoming uncomfortable. Change means doing things and learning things that take us out of our comfort zone. It’s about making ourselves vulnerable to mistakes and criticism. Given all of these threats and uncomfortable feelings, why would anyone want change? Because at the end of the journey of change is greatness.

“If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” Dale Carnegie. 

The key though is being brave enough.

It’s not easy to make big changes. When we see others making changes we think it is easy or we resent them for making the changes. Some see the successes of others and resent them, blaming themselves or blaming others for why they are not getting to where they want in life.

Transcript from ‘Rocky Balboa’ (2006):
“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that! I’m always gonna love you no matter what. No matter what happens. You’re my son and you’re my blood. You’re the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself, ya ain’t gonna have a life. “

You need to be willing to take the hits. 

Change will come with challenges. Change will come with pain. Change will test you. It’s about how much you can take and keep moving forward. If you know what you are worth then go and get what you’re worth, but don’t point the finger blaming others because you are not where you want to be.

I have met people who are in the same place in their life who have commented upon my studies and my personal journeys and successes. Some have praised the journeys. Some have not, comparing their personal positions and not thinking or believing they can do it.

Be brave.

Be brave. You can do it. Change may be scary but you can do it. Change embraced has advantages too.

According to Monaco (2017), there are five reasons why change is good for you:

  1. It takes you out of your comfort zone. Suddenly you are in an unfamiliar environment, but in this environment you are learning new skills. Your opinions and mindset are tested.
  2. You get to experience things that you may not have experienced before. Think of all the growth opportunities and experiences which you have had throughout your life. These came about because of change.
  3. You discover new things about yourself. You discover what you are capable of. Your limits are tested again. You are stretched again. You are tested again. You learn a new way to approach a situation.
  4. Change forces you to be more flexible and adaptable. You learn that you cannot keep doing things in one particular way. You adapt to the chaos and come out stronger and more confident.
  5. Change also opens you to new opportunities, opportunities which you may not have encountered had you not said yes to change. You have the opportunity to meet new people and discover new places.

But just know this: you can do it. 

It may be scary but you can do it. You just need to be brave enough and willing enough to go out there and get what you want. If you know what you are worth then go out and get what you are worth.

In summary, change can be scary, but it can also be incredible. It can open us to new opportunities and to new learning experiences. If you want the things in life and you want to make changes, just know that change is an inevitable part of bringing those changes across. If you want a better job, go look for a better job. If you want a new career path or opportunity, go out there and create the opportunity: study more, read more. Don’t blame others if you are not where you want to be in your life. If you want it go out and get it. Because you know you can. 

I hope you have found the blog of some help. Remember: it’s a journey. It will take time. Have patience in the process. You will get there. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, and have a lovely weekend wherever you are on the planet.

And remember: love yourself. 

References: 

Monaco AR. (2017). 5 Reasons Change Is Good for You. Available: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/5-reason-change-is-good-f_b_9698674?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAANvZU7p2nTqC04HyhJ5ngoOfj4vDq83EkAlf5bzgtav3ek5KcHDx. Last accessed 7th September 2019.

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A bit about the author:

I am a guy who is (nearly) 40, who is sharing a journey of weight management and wellbeing.I am also a mental health professional with a wealth of years of experience in supporting individuals who have challenging mental illnesses and personality disorders.

Prior to my current professional role, I spent several years supporting members of the community as a fitness professional, assisting individuals with weight loss and health improvement programmes.

I completed a PGDip in Mental Health Nursing in 2013, and an MSc in Advanced Practice in 2016 in which I looked at improving nurses’ level of engagement with patients with challenging personality disorders.

In 2018 I successfully undertook a Clinical reasoning in Physical Assessments course with the view to start studying toward becoming an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in late 2019.

In 2015 I also undertook a Mentorship for practice (BSc Hons) course and have been supporting future nurses with their training and development. I have also recently supported a Healthcare Assistant Staff toward training in and successfully passing and achieving a Foundation Degree in Mental Health Nursing.

In my current role I am a person looking to support the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the individual. As part of my role within the health services in supporting individuals with mental health care needs, I am also currently looking to develop myself as a Wellness Coach, to support the individual with weekly wellness blogs, with the view to support individuals on a 1:1 basis as well as holding motivational lectures and seminars.

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