BOOK CLUB - DAY 4: "Rain or Shine" The Little Blue Dot | Keto Mom
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The blue dot could be fat loss or what is one or two small little things that you're going after. Maybe they are challenges or maybe you look at like a crazy brick wall that you can't get over. We sometimes take these blue dots, and we think this is our whole life, but the professor said "All of this (white part) is our life, this is perspective". We need to count our blessings, we need to be thankful and not let this one blue dot or not let even these little couple blue dots, these challenges in life, these hurdles, change the perspective of your whole life. Because this causes negative attitudes, this causes for you not to be motivated and inspired to go after what you want.
Points to Ponder:
02:09 "Miracle Mornings" in June
02:39 Being Motivated
03:11 Find a cause to take Action
03:54 Do you believe in Luck
05:34 Analogies of working hard
06:15 You can live average or you can be savage
07:33 Feeling unmotivated
08:16 Desire to take action
08:46 What do I really want in life
09:10 Being around cheerful people
10:07 Get your mindset focused
10:17 April Osteen Simons
11:09 The little blue dot
Full Episode Transcript
Good morning! Welcome to the Keto Mom page, my name is Stephanie. I hope you're having a good morning, I would love to know where you're tuning in from. For me, we are in Minnesota, and at the moment it looks like it's going to be a beautiful day. Where are you tuning in from, is it sunny or is it a rainy day? Hopefully, there's no snow anywhere. Unless you're probably in Australia, then you might be getting snow, but as you're tuning in, where are you tuning in from... We're going to dive into the book.
If you are brand new, post "New" below, because I'd love to connect with you and know your goals, and just be able to help you on your journey. Whether you need a foods list or just an understanding of where to start, or where our family started.
Second of all, who's reading the book? So if you've got "Rain or Shine" book by Scott Alexander, and you're reading it, what are you loving about it so far. If you don't have the book, you get to listen to me, I do have something that I want to talk about. I'm going to talk about this little blue dot here in just a second, but I'm going to go over the book first. This is a super cool story, and it will give you perspective, so bear with me. It's gonna be a great day, it's gonna be a great week. So "Rain or Shine", we are working on going through three chapters a day to get done with this in May, so we can go through another book.
Somebody had asked me "What are we going to go through in June, so I can look for the book". We are going to go through the book "Miracle Mornings" by Hal Elrod. I'll find it, it's somewhere in my home, it's a super great book. I think it'll help people get up early in the morning and get things done before the kids wake up, before you go to work, before your whole day goes by. And you have all of these plans and you're like, "I'll do it in the evening" but then it never happens. So "Miracle Mornings" is great, and then we're going to go through one of Andy Andrews books in July. So we're going through three chapters, the chapters are usually one to two pages long. But chapter ten talks about being motivated. What motivates you? I would love to know.
I've heard the phrase "Motivation is temporary, but Inspiration lasts forever". So what's the difference between motivation and inspiration?... What he's talking about in the chapter is you need to be motivated. He's like "I'm a motivational speaker, so my hope is to motivate you to do something". He talks about how he provides motivation, but unless you have a cause to take action, you will never be motivated enough to actually take action.
So many people want to be motivated, to be inspired, and they want to do better. But if they don't have something they're going after, it's not going to last very long. A good majority of this book is really helping people understand... If you don't have something that's going to push you, it's not going to last very long.
So chapter ten is just about being motivated, and what's going to drive you to do that or the lack of interest in your life and how you're demotivated. He says "Success is a choice", which I love.
Have you ever heard or maybe you believe in luck, but I think oftentimes I'll hear people say you were lucky or she was lucky or he was lucky. He had a good upbringing, or he was, she was lucky. She has somebody that supports her at home, they were lucky they had people that were behind them, so they are lucky in their life right now.
So I want to tell you something. I don't believe in luck at all, I believe in blessings, I believe in hard work and in choices. And so when somebody says luck... I say "TikTok" is luck. You make a funny video and you'll have a million views, that's called luck. Until TikTok came about, I never believed in luck. I believe in working hard, in going after the things that God puts in your life.
The gifts he's given you, the talents, and you either work really hard and you make good choices or you don't. And that's it, I guess maybe the lottery would be luck, but not really. If you buy something every single day and you go in with a motive to win, then it's a choice to buy a ticket.
Okay, Chapter Eleven, he tells a story about riding a unicycle, and he really just gives analogies of working hard. When he learned how to ride a unicycle, he kept having people say to him, "Oh, I always wanted to do that".
He said, most of the time, when people say something to you, it has to do with their whole life...
You've always wanted to ride a unicycle, but if you're in that mode of like, "I've always wanted to have, always wanted to"... I bet you, I'm going to find some other things in your life that you never went after, and you're probably living a mediocre life. I struggle with this, when somebody says, and it's mostly in books, "You can live average or you can be savage", "You can live your best life or you can live down here on the couch"... I thought that's pretty vocal, that's just asking for people not to like you.
But what I love about when somebody says you can just live an average life... My family and I love to say "Does average inspire people?", "Does average inspire you?". If you look at somebody who is average or normal, we love to say "Normal isn't working". Normal is getting up because you have to, going to a job you don't like, and just being okay with being okay. It's not meant to make somebody feel bad, but are you truly going after the things that you want?
And that's what he talks about in the book... "Do you want to learn something new, do you have a passionate desire to go work someplace else?". But instead you just said, "I'm not lucky, that's not me, I'm going to deal with the average". I don't look at average as bad, but I look at it as just settling for what I have instead of going after things that I truly desire. So he said... "If you feel unmotivated, it just means that there's nothing in your life that you are currently wanting". So he talks about motivation... "Do you see my dilemma as a motivational author, I can suggest setting goals. But if there's nothing that you want, goal setting is a task in itself. If you have to sit and just analyze and go over things that you want, it's not going to be strong enough of a desire to make you move off the couch".
Does that make sense? Somebody can try to motivate you all they want, but if you don't have the actions or the desire to go after any of it, then it doesn't matter.
So if you watch me or anybody else, and I'm like "I'm going to motivate you to read, I'm going to hopefully inspire you to do better", but you don't have the the "Why" behind it, it's just not going to work.
So I would encourage you today, if you don't have a deep down rooted excitement or desire for life, why don't you just get a piece of paper and write down, "What do I really want in life". And then if you want, you can message me and I'd love to help give you action steps towards your better. So last chapter was just about tips on growing roses or tips on just growing your life. He gave the example of providing strong sunlight...
Roses need sunlight, people need people, he talks about being around cheerful people, don't hang around anyone who doesn't lift your spirits. Which can be hard, because it might be in your own family.
He talks about the power of being around powerful people, about watering regularly, about are you going to not let yourself dry up or just be average. Keep off the TV, find things that inspire you, go be around people. What's going to get you to move... Pruning roses, he talks about "Finding the activities that don't truly give you life, like watching the TV, going to the bar, gossiping, fretting and worrying about the past. There's things that you have to cut off from your life to go forward".
So I like this book because it's super simple. It gives you simple little tips of just going after you're better, and my goal was to help you learn and love to read. To get your mindset focused on what you want and to keep going. I learned something this weekend that I wanted to share with you, It was a little story. We had April Osteen Simons come and talk at our church, and she gave this story. A professor at a college, his students came in and he said, we're having a pop quiz today. He had a piece of paper facedown on the students desk, and so all the students sat down. And he said, we're gonna have a pop quiz, when I say so I want you to go and flip over the paper. So they all sat down, the students looked over the paper, and the only thing on the middle of the paper was a dot. A red dot, I don't have a red marker so I'll just show you something (A blue dot). So she said, the students were instructed for this pop quiz to look at the piece of paper, we're gonna say it has a blue dot. The professor said, look at the paper and I want you to write me everything that you see in every detail. So the students went on writing, and then they all handed in their papers. The professor stood up in front of the college class, and he read everybody's paper.
He said, "Every single person, every single student, wrote in very explicit detail of what they thought about the red dot (will say blue dot)". Not one person wrote about the white part on the page, everybody focused on the blue dot. And he said, that should give you perspective of what you're looking at. We could say this blue dot is one thing in your life that is a challenge.
The blue dot could be fat loss or what is one or two small little things that you're going after. Maybe they are challenges or maybe you look at like a crazy brick wall that you can't get over. We sometimes take these blue dots, and we think this is our whole life, but the professor said "All of this (white part) is our life, this is perspective".
We need to count our blessings, we need to be thankful and not let this one blue dot or not let even these little couple blue dots, these challenges in life, these hurdles, change the perspective of your whole life.
Because this causes negative attitudes, this causes for you not to be motivated and inspired to go after what you want. But what about everything else in your life, are you thankful that you got up in the morning to breathe. When I get up in the morning, and my husband's great at this, he'll say it sometimes out loud, sometimes not, he'll say what he's thankful for. Or something that I say in my head in the morning before I get up, "Okay God, are you ready? Here we go", I don't know, it's in my mind. I have to talk myself to getting out of bed, but I'm like "Let's go, it's gonna be a great day".
So it doesn't mean that I don't have challenges, it doesn't mean that I don't have hurdles and things to get through. But am I going to focus on the blue dot, or am I going to focus on everything else? It's perspective, focusing on the blessings, not the dots. And so I wanted to share that with you, I thought it was a super great perspective story. And whatever you're going through, it's a brand new week.
So new week, Sunday started the new week, but Monday, work week or school week for you. What is your week going to look like? You get to determine that by your thoughts, by the things that you speak, by even the people that you surround yourself with. The choices that you make, the books that you read, the people that you watch, everything that you do is a choice. Thanks for tuning in, I hope you guys have an incredible day. I hope that was helpful, if you're reading the book, continue to read and then let us know below, what you're loving about the book. Otherwise tune in every single morning, I'm going to talk about "Rain or Shine" and then later today, I'm going to do a Q&A just on the Keto basics, and just how to get started. So be watching for that later this afternoon.
Otherwise, I hope you guys have an incredible day and we'll talk to you soon.
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