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Julie Zantopoulos

When not acting as Vice President and Senior Editor at The Indie Chicks, Jewels is a writer at heart and most likely writing for her own website According to Jewels or working on her first novel.In her free time she loves heading to concerts, taking road trips, reading, and doing anything crafty. Don't hesitate to reach out...she loves chatting with our readers.

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You are too important to ever settle. 

Read that again…go ahead…I’ll wait. Let it sink in for a minute. You deserve the best in all aspects of your life. This isn’t to say you won’t have to work to get it, but please know that you deserve it. Don’t go getting lazy, it won’t be easy. Things won’t be perfect, nothing ever is, but it can be a whole lot better. The message here is: accept nothing but the best!

Accept Nothing but the Best in Your Education

This doesn’t have to mean that you are in college, graduate programs, or even self-teaching yourself. What this means is that you grow, you learn, and you absorb every day. If there is something you want to know, find out. If there’s something you’ve been dying to do, use the resources at hand and do it. You can and should learn about everything that excites you. There should never be a time in life when a fulfilled person isn’t striving to know something new.

You can use Google, online classes, continuing education, YouTube, or online tutorials to further your knowledge of the world around you. If you don’t know where to go to find what you need, Google it, ask us, and don’t stop until you have figured it out.

Accept Nothing but the Best in Your Career

Not every job is a dream job but then again, there’s a big difference between a job and a career. You can work a crap job while you pursue a career you are passionate about. It’s not too late to have the career you always wanted! Unhappy at your 9-5? You’re not alone. It’s okay to look for a new one.

I’m not saying to quit your job without a plan for income until your passion pays off. For some it might be but for most this is way too risky. I am saying that you can still go after your dream job even while you work one that is paying the bills. This takes hard work and dedication but in order to accept nothing, but the best you put your all into something. Spend every ounce of extra time and energy on your passion, let it kill you, and it will pay off eventually.

Accept Nothing but the Best in Love

The thought of settling in love makes my entire being hurt. I was close once to settling down with a guy who didn’t excite me or challenge me. I could have stayed with him and been safe, stable, and even loved, but I would have been miserable without the passion I craved. Don’t play it safe in love. Don’t worry about the heartache that may result. Don’t worry about the things other people think you should have in a partner. Date outside your “norm”. That guy that has been on the sidelines, constant and supportive…give him a shot. Dare to fall for the guy who defies all logic.

I cannot stress enough that love is what makes this world go round. Well, love, coffee, and badass determination, but still, love. Don’t waste a single minute loving the wrong person because you don’t want to let other people down, hurt feelings, or admit you made a mistake. You deserve the love, understanding, and passion you’ve always dreamed was out there. This doesn’t mean leaving the one you are with…it could mean reigniting fires or discussing your needs. No matter what it takes…find or create the love you always wished for.

Accept Nothing but the Best in Personal Relationships

We are social animals that build connections to those we come into contact with, so our relationships with them are highly valued. We can avoid a lot of people but our family and friends are rarely among them. Interactions with these people are tantamount to our happiness and emotional well being. So, what do you do when you aren’t getting what you need from the people closest to you?

It’s hard to change lifelong patterns but change will never come if you don’t start somewhere. Accept nothing less than the best treatment from those around you. Demand respect, stop the underhanded comments, and refuse to participate in relationships that tear down instead of build up. Let everyone know your expectations, avoid emotional vampires, and get the winds of change blowing with your words and actions. You can do this! You deserve to be understood, supported, and rejuvenated by those closest to you.

Accept Nothing but the Best from Yourself

Yes, I’m asking that you demand more of yourself. None of the points before this will matter if you don’t pay attention to this one. Nobody will respect your request for the best from them if you aren’t being your best possible self for yourself and them. Give what you hope to receive. Be the best you possible. I’m not saying be perfect, I’m saying be better.

I want you to fall into bed and think, “I did the best I could with the time I was given today.” A part of being the best you possible is acknowledging the bad days. It’s okay to say, “I fucked up today, but tomorrow I’m doing to do better”. Hell, I say that more times than I’d like to admit but acknowledging it keeps me from thinking that less than my best is okay. Less than my best is never okay for me and it shouldn’t be for you either.

Have you ever found yourself accepting less than the best?

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  • http://chaosandwords.wordpress.com/ Ashley

    This is so spot on, Jewels. You’re right – we have to demand more of ourselves for all of the rest of your points to make sense and to come to fruition. Perfection is pretty non-existant, but pursuance of the best is always possible. Thanks for writing this!

    • http://www.accordingtojewels.com Jewels

      Happy that you found value in it. Perfection isn’t attainable but striving for the very best certainly is. :D

  • http://myfittblog.com Veronica

    Jewels, This made me dewey-eyed. This is exactly what I NEEDED to read right now. I love your words. I love you. Can’t wait to see you this Sunday. Thank you for this. I’ve renewed inspiration. I love your life!

    • http://www.accordingtojewels.com Jewels

      I can’t wait for Sunday, either. Honestly, I wrote what I needed to hear/be reminded of myself. I’m glad you related to it. Love ya, doll.

  • Courtney Renfro

    I couldn’t agree with you more . You should not accept anything but the best for yourself whether it is from your lover or your family . I also do not want to be with someone who does not excite me or challenge me . I really liked this guy . He was not passionate about anything . He was not motivated . I had to let that person go . There is nothing more attractive that a guy who is always driven to achieve success . I always push myself . If at the end of the day , I tell myself that I did my best . If I mess up, I know there is always a tommorow . Thanks for this article ! I felt very inspired .

    • http://www.accordingtojewels.com Jewels

      So happy to hear that this provided a bit of inspiration and happy to see that you left the guy who didn’t push you. :D That’s amazing.

  • D.K. Upshaw

    Thanks for the kick in the pants, Jewels. I have a rotten habit of waiting for stuff to come–like inspiration to go on with my cartooning. I know full well I have to take initiative, and I will. No, make that I AM!!!

    • http://www.accordingtojewels.com Jewels

      So glad to see that this provided the necessary inspiration to DO instead of WISH. :D Go get ‘em.

  • http://justmewith.com Roxanne

    Well said. Well said.

  • http://www.theindiechicks.com Chiara Mazzucco

    I LOVE this, Jewels. Settling is such a disease, and people who settle out of laziness bore me. Those who settle because they don’t believe anything better awaits them are the people we write for. Thank you for always having such a brilliant, positive mind.. especially when most of us need to hear it most.

    • http://www.accordingtojewels.com Jewels

      I needed to hear it myself as I wrote it…so it was just as much for me as everyone else. I don’t settle (mostly) but there are times I need a reminder that I absolutely deserve the best. Who needs boring when I can be taking risks and shooting for “crazy” goals? ;)