Angela Jia Kim

Savor Beauty + Spa / Savor the Success - CEO + Founder
New York, NY

    Week 7: Project Awesome - Why your feelings could be sabotaging your success

    November 21, 2013

    "I'm losing steam around Project: Awesome," one of my girls told me at the spa

    "It's okay," I told her. "It's totally normal and to be expected. We are keeping on for 12 weeks. Most people quit after two weeks, but that's why most people don't have consistent success. The trick is to string together 12 weeks of awesome-ness whether we 'feel' like it or not.

    We can adjust our goals according to our rhythm - some weeks, you can accomplish something big and some weeks, you may want to choose something smaller - but the point is to consistently choose something to make awesome. 

    We all are going to die one day anyway... so we may as well focus on making our weeks here on this earth fun and AWESOME, right?"



    That's a funny word, isn't it? We base so many of our decisions on how we feel. Pick up the phone, say regretful things because we feel angry. Quit because we feel bad about ourselves. Lose steam because we just don't feel like doing it anymore. 

    I'm a big believer in INTUITION. In fact, I make my best decisions when I plug into my gut. I make very poor decisions when I act from how I feel.  

    Thoughts always precipitate feelings, and wouldn't you agree that our thoughts are not 100% accurate? Sometimes they are dangerous thoughts because we sabotage ourselves with our own stories and perceptions. So why base actions solely on how we feel

    When I was a pianist, I didn't feel like practicing everyday. In fact, sometimes I loathed it. But I knew my job as an artist was to - first and foremost - stay inspired, experiment, be engaged, stay focused, and try new things, even if it meant making mistakes. If I didn't put myself out there daily and stay inspired, I knew my audience would feel that energy. 


    This morning, I woke up with this thought: "We have privileged problems compared to others who worry about how to feed their kids. We get to have problems that are solvable and that allow us to utilize our creativity and imagination. Don't do business as usual. Create. Experiment. Have fun. Be inspired. Be inspiring. Surprise yourself." 

    Put yourself out there every single week and make it awesome. Don't succumb to what the rest of the world does. They quit because they feel tired or feel unmotivated. And I bet you, the thoughts that preceded feeling tired or unmotivated were "I'm so overwhelmed" or "I feel like a failure"... all statements that are not 100% accurate or true. 

    If it were easy to succeed, everyone would be successful. 

    Still with me? :)

    P.S. Last week, I did something quite uncomfortable. I like helping, but I hate asking for help. I put myself out there, and I'm extrordinarily touched by the outpouring of emails we received. Honestly, I had no idea the caliber of people who are reading my blog, and I'm humbled by all of you for reaching out with your talents. Everyone from Savor members to major CEOs of big corporations: Thank You. And now that I know who's reading, I'd better stop swearing so much, dammit. :)

    Oh, and lesson learned: Ask and you shall receive.

    P.S. II: if you are looking for a tool to do something AWESOME every week and to join me on this journey of putting yourself out there every single week, check out the video below. 

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