I conquered my fear and finished my first 5K in September.

I conquered my fear and finished my first 5K in September.

Whether it’s a screaming coworker or a screaming one-year-old, we all face challenges. Addressing and conquering these challenges requires one tool: your mindset. No matter what challenge you experience in life or in your career, your mind dictates how you will respond to the situation. Go at it positively, and you’ll inspire yourself and those around you. Then, you’ll conquer it.

I hated running, but I was inspired to finish my first 5K after joining a Facebook group called, Shed the Lbs. I saw that others in the group were achieving their fitness goals and becoming healthier and happier for it. So I started running and now I can’t wait for the next race.

Here are the motivational sayings I use to address challenges, solve problems and become a better person, all with my mindset.

1. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

We often fall victim to small, insignificant issues. Sure, at the time, that extra fee on your bill or your tight deadline seems like a huge issue, but it isn’t. If you live this way, all the small things will add up and soon you’ll be more stressed than ever. Put these small issues in perspective – will they be a problem tomorrow or a week from now? What can I quickly do to solve it and move on? Not sweating the small stuff means thinking bigger and realizing that in the scheme of things, it’s not an issue at all.

2. All boats rise.

This saying is about believing in karma. If you do something well, you and those around you will reap the reward. This is about more than just you. Perform your best each and every day for yourself, your friends, your family, your coworkers, your boss and you will see yourself, and those around you, rise to the top.

3. Remember who you’re doing this for.

This can solve every problem. For work, I always put the brand first, and no one can argue with that since that’s everyone’s mantra as well. We all want the brand to be the hero. If stress is heating up, remember who matters in the world and why you’re stressed in the first place. Is it money or time? Who are you stressing for? Your family wouldn’t want you to suffer and neither should you. Just think back to basics and use that to solve the problem.

4. Don’t worry about tomorrow, you did that yesterday.

We’re always thinking about what’s next. Enjoy the present moment and stop thinking so far into the future. Sure, planning is important, but we can’t control the future, so why stress about it? This is not about living by the seat of your pants (I’m Type-A and that would drive me crazy). This is about not stressing about what we can’t control and remembering that the best things in life are right in front of you, happening now.

5. The best things in life are free.

Oftentimes we stress over money and budget. If we step away from this, we see that life offers many opportunities to help you achieve your goals. The key is creativity. My toddler needs to exercise and has a blast running around the yard or playing at a playground. That costs nothing. We can create great content on our company blog that gets shared and devoured without a single dollar spent. Be creative and think of ways to solve problems without putting money at the forefront.

6. Learn something new every day.

The best days are the ones where you learn something new and exciting that can change or enhance your life. Seek this out each and everyday, and you’ll be more open-minded, positive and excited for the day ahead. It could be something small or large, but looking for something educational by reading or talking to others will excite you and keep you motivated and growing.

7. You don’t know it all.

Achieving #7 means understanding #8. To be open-minded and ready to learn new things means admitting that you’re not a know-it-all and you need to lean on, and look up to, others. Becoming an expert is about learning from those around you and admitting when you’re not sure of the right answer. Do your homework, continue to read and learn and admit defeat. You’ll become a stronger person and you’ll be less stressed about what you don’t know.

8. Ask for forgiveness instead of permission.

While we can’t always get away with this one, I love to live by it. This is about acting quickly and taking chances. If we’re always worried about what others will think and having the world’s approval, we’ll never get out of our own way. Jump in and try out your big idea. It will be hard for your wrist to get slapped when you achieve great success. (But if you do get in trouble, don’t blame this blog post!)

9. Go with your gut.

The gut is a powerful thing. It is that little voice giving you the right answer and it’s up to you to listen to it. Oftentimes we fear it or don’t understand it. But if you listen to your gut, you’ll find that it’s always right. It’s that voice that tells you the right thing to say in a meeting or makes you call that old friend you’ve been thinking about for months. Discover it, listen to it and you will be better for it.

10. There’s a reason for everything.

Sometimes it’s hard for me to accept this one, but I have to believe it. It’s hard to understand why the good die young or the nice guy finishes last. But there’s something bigger than us out there and we have to understand that we can’t control everything. We need to live each day the best we can and be happy for what we have. If something challenging happens, consider the “why” and the positives that could come from it. This will help you get over the challenge faster.

11. Follow the fear.

I learned this one at MarketingProfs B2B Marketers Forum on October 11th from social media speaker and comedian, Tim Washer. Making people laugh is challenging and sometimes scary, but if you want to be funny, you just have to go for it. Sometimes our instinct tells us to get up and run from a situation, but instead of reacting, think it through. If you run away, will the problem ever be solved? Follow the fear and you’ll achieve your goals and overcome challenges.

What other motivational sayings do you live by? Share yours here.