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Sometimes Life is Like a Rocky Montage...

You've just got to keep going, keep working, and know, in the end, "aim at the one in the middle" and you'll be just fine!

Yes, today's blog starts a little differently, doesn't it. But I'm going to bet I got your attention.

You see, here's something you may not know about us here at The Sisterhood Coaching...both Stacie and Francie grew up watching the pure directorial and theatrical genius that is Sylvester Stallone's "Rocky". In fact, my favorite memory of fourth grade had nothing to do with academics, but rather, the fact that "Rocky IV" came out to the theaters that year and I did nothing but have deep conversations with Mitch G. who sat in front of me in class about how cool is was that Rocky beat the Russian!

Recently, I have noticed many of our sisters (and actually, also my own husband!) feeling beat down, tired, worn out, and ready to throw in the the towel. I wanted to take a moment to lift you up today, and remind YOU of what a FIGHTER YOU ARE!

1. "Our greatest glory is not in falling, but rising every time we fall."- Rocky Balboa.

There are always going to be days that feel like Ivan Drago is punching us right in the face. That is life. When we fall, our greatest glory comes from getting back up again. If we fall one hundred times, we must rise back up one hundred and one times. I ask you this, though...Did Rocky rise up alone? Did he get back up, train, and face his battles all alone? No, he did not. He may have had to go head to head with his opponent in a boxing ring, but he did have a team supporting him the entire time, from start to finish. He had his COACHES there, holding him accountable, creating goals and actions plans, providing the positive approaches he needed to meet his marks and face his fears. He had his team of coaches and supporters in his corner, always cheering him on and making sure he was being praised when he was doing well, and taught how to be better when he needed to work on an area to be better. I think we can all learn a lot about how to surround ourselves with a team that will raise us up, much like Rocky did. (And guess what we do here at The Sisterhood Coaching??? Ding Ding! We will be in your corner!)

2. “Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you 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!” – Rocky Balboa I freaking LOVE this quote! I can't tell you how many times I have said to clients "KNOW YOUR WORTH!" My sweet Sisters, do you know you are worth more than Gold and Diamonds??? Also, DISCLAIMER- while this blog is about Rocky movies and fighting...I do mean it mostly methaphorically- again- I just can't remind you enough! NEVER EVER EVER take a punch or a hit from a significant other! Or anyone! Okay, so with that being said, keep your head held up high and work hard. But never ever apologize for knowing what you're worth, okay? You are amazing. Don't you EVER forget just how amazing you are!

3. “The toughest opponent you’re ever going to have to face (is in the mirror).” – Rocky Balboa

If this isn't the #TRUTH, it don't know what is! Let me tell you a little something about takes great confidence to look yourself in the mirror and say "NO MATTER WHAT, I GOT THIS." In my previous post, "Cracking the Confidence Code", I discussed how to break negative self-talk. And as a past middle school PE teacher, and now high school PE teacher, and high school Cheer coach, this is actually something I talk to my young ladies about, extensively. Throughout the years, I have helped them practice positive self talk in the mirror. Had them practice looking themselves in the eyes, smiling, and finding their beauty, INSIDE and OUT. I am currently 44 years old, I this is a DAILY routine for me. Yes, DAILY. EVERY SINGLE MORNING I face myself. Allow me to share with you EXACTLY what I do:

I LITERALLY talk to myself. No make-up, hair crazy, (I did put on my new favorite sweatshirt my awesome friend made me so I was more appropriately dressed as I took a picture for you!) and I TALK to myself. What do I personally say? I prepare myself for the day's battles...

"Lord God, help me as I put on my Armor for today...'Put on the whole armor of God, that I may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.' Help me stand firm, Lord, as I am Your warrior. Allow me to Fight the Good Fight to glorify you, oh God. Keep me strong in faith, in perseverance, and resiliency." I add any prayers I have here. And then I close my eyes and visualize fastening on my belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and attaching my sword (Word of God). (Ephesians 6:10-18, ESV) As Micheal W. Smith sings "This is how I Fight My Battles." (If you haven't heard this song, it's a great one to listen to!)

4. “Nothing’s over ’til it’s over.”Rocky Balboa

So, actually, Rocky Balboa doesn't get the credit for saying this one. Did you know the great Yogi Berra coined the phrase "It ain't over till it's over"? This refers to the fact that, especially in sports, you just never know what's going to end up happening! Then same can be said for life and every one of our trials and tribulations! You just NEVER know! And I am a firm believer in optimism and the power of positive thinking. Your comeback story is the greatest story there is! And it will put any Rocky montage to shame! At this point in the post, perhaps you are feeling inspired, and realize that you are FIERCE! Because SISTER, YOU ARE! Your story is constantly being written by you! And you get to keep writing it! My goodness, I hope MY story doesn't end for another 50 years, at least! I have SO much I want to fill into my dash! (You know, that dash? The one on the headstone between the date you were born and the date you passed? That Dash carries your story! Mine is going to have quite a story to tell! How about yours?!)

Now, I realize some of you may be shaking your head at all the Rocky references today. However, I do hope that you could come away with a "A-Ha" or two. Sometimes, I find Rocky Balboa to be a rather awesome "life coach"! In fact, I am going to leave you with a clip that a couple of these quotes came from in the movie "Rocky Balboa", when Rocky is talking to his son (yes, this would be the actor Milo Ventimiglia from "This is Us" or "Gilmore Girls", which happen to be two of my favorite shows of all time!) It should also be noted, just so you know me a bit better, that while "Sweet Home Alabama" is my favorite movie of all time...ROCKY IV is my all time SECOND FAVORITE and I have made my sons watch it countless times!

Sometimes, Life is that Rocky Montage though. You are going to work hard. You are going to sweat. You are going to be exhausted and want to give up. KEEP GOING. DO NOT GIVE UP. Seek out those that will lift you up. Train like the fighter you are. Dress in your warrior's armor. Fiercely face your battles. And if you get knocked down, get back up. Face your Giants (or Ivan Drago's!). Sister, You've Got this...we are in your corner! Just keep moving!

Remember, you are worth everything good and wonderful. If you have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence or assault, please seek help immediately at the or by calling 800.799.SAFE (7233). Also, we here at TheSisterhoodCoaching are here for you ALWAYS and will provide safety and resources.

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