Pushing Through

How do you get through the tough stuff?

Doing something difficult takes time and energy. It’s difficult because it’s not something we want to do and it brings discomfort. It’s just not fun! The tough stuff is different for all of us. For some people home repair gives them nightmares. For me, it gives me a sense of accomplishment.

What about the emotional stuff?

Pushing through the tough stuff is mostly about knowing yourself and being willing to work through the emotions that hold you back. When I was working on my doctorate one professor said that getting through the program requires more stubbornness than smarts. I get it! I hit that point in the writing process I felt like quitting. At the time I had a lot of changes happening in my professional and personal life. My wife encouraged me to talk with a professional counselor. So, I did and I’m still learning and growing. One thing I learned with completing my doctorate program was my fear of perfection. I wanted my research and writing to be perfect. Honestly, I was afraid it was not good enough. It just needed to get done.

What tough stuff are you pushing through? Whose helping you?

Think about it!

Don’t journey alone. I am thankful for the many people who have come alongside. I hope I can do the same for others.

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