Recently, I read a quote from Dottie Lamm, Colorado’s former First Lady and a breast cancer survivor. Lamm says,
Speaking from experience, I agree that what we want is for every day to count. How we show up is as unique as each one of us is.
a mantra that reminds Amber Ludwig, owner of NGNG Enterprises, to make every day count.
Making Every Day Count and a…
Conscious Choice to Be Successful
So, we have a couple of things here: making every day count, and a conscious choice to be successful. Are they related? Here is how I see them both.
Shortly after my cerebral hemorrhage, success was making dinner for my family and all of us sitting at the dinner table together. It was getting out of bed in the morning and taking my children to school, and caring for my youngest, who was less than a year old at the time. I was able to do those things.
I was able to be here with my family. This is what making every day count felt like at that point in my life.
Today…Helping others to Overcome Adversity
is Success to Me
Today, success looks differently. Although I still enjoy cooking dinner for my family and sitting together at the dinner table is still important, I want to do more. I desire to share my hard fought wisdom of overcoming adversity with others. Today success also includes:
- Helping an individual overcome adversity by pouring wisdom and encouragement through my personal sponsorship program
- Speaking to a group to inspire them with what they do today, to overcome adversity
- Impact people I meet in my daily travels in a way that helps them deal with adversity
That is success to me.
Battling my health and questioning why I’m still here, has given me a greater sense of wanting to be sure I don’t waste days. I believe that’s what Dottie Lamm was saying, about putting more effort into what she is doing.
Do Everything with Success in Mind
Please don’t be confused, that doesn’t mean, going 24/7 at full steam. As Amber stated, it’s a conscious choice to be successful, in whatever we choose to do. Whatever you are doing, do “it” with success in mind, and the effort behind it.
Here is how this looks with Strength, Dignity and Grace:
- Strength to make a conscience choice to be successful. It’s going to take a deliberate plan.
- Dignity is the effort required, to carry out our plan, giving it our “all”.
- Grace is what is required to change emphasis of our efforts. We may stumble in this process; we can’t be so hard on ourselves or those around us.
How do you make every day count? What does success look like for you?