What you’re supposed to do: Think of this pose as a halfway pushup. Basically, it’s where you start in a plank position but then you lower yourself halfway into a pushup position, so you’re really working your core.
The mistake you’re probably making: It requires a ton of strength to stay in this position, so most people end up basically just plopping to the floor—or almost plopping to the floor. The common mistake here is that people let their hips drop because it’s easier. But that puts a huge strain on your lower back, and it also means that you’re not working your core as much, which is one of the main purposes of this move.
The fix: Concentrate on keeping your elbows tucked in by your ribs at a right angle, and keeping your shoulders down—not by your ears. Both of those tricks will help you keep your hips up and your core engaged, so you don’t collapse into a heap on the floor.
Don’t let your dreams crush your potential to do hard work. And don’t let your hard work crush your dreams.
I recently read an article on Elite Daily about how some people are Go-Getters vs others are all about how “If it’s meant to happen, it will” and whichever one you are will determine your level of success in life.
My question is why can’t we be both? Has it ever been considered that you have to earn everything?
I totally believe in the fact that “if it’s meant to happen, it will” but I also believe you have to work to get anything you want. You have to put in the effort and put yourself in the position to succeed if you ever want to achieve success. Nothing just comes to you.
I also believe too many people are afraid of success. So many of us get close to where we want to be then sputter out because we have to eliminate something else in our life that we care about in order to achieve what we’ve been dreaming of. I believe that often times people are simply unwilling to get rid of that other something that they want in their lives in order to achieve their dreams because they’re afraid of not having that something in their life even if their dreams are achieved.
This is where my belief that “if it’s meant to happen, it will” comes in. If you work to achieve your dreams and that other thing - a job, a significant other, a friend, whatever - doesn’t want to help you reach your goals or disappears until you start to achieve your dreams, then it was meant to be that maybe that thing just isn’t part of your dream, as much as you want it to be.
Focus on you. Build you and everything else will come as it is supposed to.
This one’s for you, especially if you internally struggle with “Impostor Syndrome.” You’ve got here because you’ve earned it. Strategize your hard work—hard work is 75% of the process (in my case). Stay motivated, intrigued, and talented.
Ten in the mornin and i’m skipping breakfast
And drinking a beverage to ignore it all
'Cause ignorance is bliss and I've come to embrace it
It’s all overrated
Except drugs and alcohol
I have many muses, namely in comedy and science (historically), but when it comes to physical self-esteem in the long term, I admire the attitudes (and fashion) of these two ladies: Mindy Kaling and Rihanna. Mindy, for a number of reasons, is the first South Asian-American to have her own comedy series on FOX. I love her charm and comedic style, but most of all, her fashion and confidence! Look at this girl—she’s dark-skinned, curvy, smart, and fabulous. She’s a modern-day Peggy Olson/comedy queen! Rihanna holds the bulk of my “Proud” iTunes playlist—which I also use for midterms. She is fierce, vocally acrobatic, and free to be herself. I first fell in love when I saw her perform “Only Girl in the World” on SNL. She struck me as a modern day Madonna and stays true to her heart. Any photo of her is naturally aspirational and sexy.
What is also wonderful is that Mindy Kaling is just as in impressed with Rihanna as I am.
Mindy Kaling to Vogue for the (above picture): “I want to look like Rihanna.”
Mindy Kaling on Rihanna as a muse for creative writing for The Mindy Project: "Rihanna is a big favorite," Kaling said on Saturday at West Hollywood’s Mondrian hotel, where a reception was held ahead of the show’s fall premiere, "whatever the reason the guys on my staff can get behind it. They think she’s just super hot and intimidating. I can listen … and feel inspired by it because everyone is into it."
Aaaand another picture of Rihanna in Terry Richardson’s glasses (for good measure):
What motivates you? Who’s your muse? :)