Don’t Believe Everything You Think

superpower noiseI have found that I have an incredible superpower – which I share with a LOT of people.  The ability to talk myself out of pretty much anything in a single bound.


It’s amazing really.


This power is big, loud and always present.


Want to try a new exercise routing *pow* “you don’t have the time; it is going to be too hard; seriously, you are over 40 who are you kidding; you’re a little too far gone to start now; really, doesn’t a nap sound better….”


Want to eat healthy *boom* “you know that triple chocolate cake looks really good I’m sure I has healthy stuff in it; a burger and fries would be so much cheaper and quicker; it’s more expensive to eat healthy; it takes too much time to fix all that stuff; chocolate, chocolate, chocolate….”


Want to take a chance on something new *bam* “you are just going to get rejected; you are going to get hurt again; why put yourself out there like that; it’s a lot safer not to; happiness shnappiness safety doesn’t hurt….”


If I believed everything I thought I would be 400 pounds and have a house full of cats.


Thank goodness I found the kryptonite to this superpower.  Everyone has it, but few recognize it or find it because it is small, quiet and isn’t nearly as splashy as the superpower.  It is also goes by different names:










To Hell With It


Everyone has it in them.  The trick is activating this kryptonite.


When that flashy superpower starts kicking all you have to do to release the kryptonite is say two little words:


Shut up.


And it begins.  Then you strengthen it by talking back to that superpower and completely destroy it by taking action.


Shut up.  I am too young to feel this old.  I’ll get back to you after I’m done on the treadmill.


Shut up.  I love having energy and sleeping well.  You are going to have to wait while I finish making my healthy, fabulous dinner.


Shut up.  I love taking risks.  Yes, I have been hurt but man, I have also had some great times and better ones ahead.


Personally, I love my kryptonite.  In the last month it helped me kick a major pop habit, poor eating habits and a very lazy lifestyle.


Drinking water with a fresh lemon squeezed in it in the morning while on the treadmill, followed by small meals of fresh veggies, fruit and a protein centered dinner, mediating, being open, trying new things and putting myself out there has resulting in having more energy than I have in years, feeling younger than ever, a healthy glow, a fantastic attitude, some new opportunities and waking up feeling grateful for the adventure of a new day.


And it has only been a month.


That kryptonite is some pretty powerful stuff.


I still have a ways to go yet, there are still some habits I haven’t wanted to kick yet and some challenges that I am still pecking at one day at a time, but it I’ve just begun.


And it all began with two little words: shut up.


One bam, power or boom at a time – shut up.


With each defeat of the superpower the kryptonite gets stronger.


Where is your superpower kicking in today?  What are you thinking that you shouldn’t believe?  What do you really want?  Are you ready to take that first step?  A new job, a promotion, to ask that girl out, to clean up that extra bedroom, to start taking care of yourself, to be a better friend, to start a new hobby, to make sure those you love know you love them?


Then make today the day that you say shut up.



Lisa K. McDonald, CPRW


I Would Rather Tend Bar

My brother was a genius, certifiably, literally a genius. He earned a full ride to college, earned his Masters at IU while teaching classes there and he could have done anything in the world he wanted to do.

After grad school he moved to Chicago and worked at the Chicago Board of Exchange. He hated it and went back to bartending. He had tended bar when he was in college and loved it and when he passed away he was doing what he loved to do.

There are many reasons that I was proud of my brother and him leaving the Exchange for a bar was just one of them. It could have been very easy to bow to external pressure and stay at the Exchange – good money, the reputation, a career path –but he chose to do what he loved instead he traded it for an uncertain income, no career path per say and a whole different work environment.

I think that took a lot of courage and not once do I ever remember him apologizing to anyone about his choice. It was his choice and there was no need to apologize. He might have had doubts but I never saw any, when you believe in something and truly love it you let go of the doubts and bank on the good that you know you will receive.

That’s love – yes, you could get hurt but then again you could be in for the ride of your life. Why place it safe? Why live your life based on what everyone else would deem as the “right” path or choice? It is so easy for others to sit back and make judgment calls because quite frankly if they are wrong they don’t have to pay the piper. Unless you have skin in the game I don’t think your vote should count for much.

If you are contemplating some move or change in your life tell the voices in your head to shut up, politely ignore the opinions of all those who are not vested and listen to your heart. The only one you have to reconcile with is yourself and if you follow your heart there will be no explanation needed.

Lisa K. McDonald, CPRW
Career Coach-Strategist
Certified Professional Resume Writer
Career Polish, Inc.