“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
– Frederick Douglas
When I set a really hard goal, I get super excited about the end result. In that moment, there’s nothing too hard for me! I WILL set out and accomplish that thing. You just wait – I’ll show you that I can do it! It’s pretty easy for me to get hyped about something big and scary I want to accomplish.
What you don’t see is the struggle. Today, for instance, has been a real struggle for me. I imagine myself locking myself up in my studio and doing focused work, churning out product after E-book after resource, getting ready for the launch of the Nancy Ray Shop. Oh, and I’m cute while doing it. I got my Warby Parker glasses on, an adorable comfy outfit, the room is tidy, the candle is burning – these are the things my fantasies are made of.
But you see, there’s still a business to run. There are new bookings that I have to send out, emails that I have to answer, a newsletter to draft, fires that only I can put out. There’s still a sweet baby upstairs to feed. Oh, and I look a hot mess. No make up. No time to do my hair this morning, after not washing it for 3 days. There’s clutter on my desk. And I’m hungry.
There’s life that gets in the way, and it is SO HARD to shut it all off to do focused work. I can do emails because that’s easy for me. But I put off writing a little E-book or creating something new because I’ve never done that before. I don’t know what that looks like or how long it will take. So I make excuses and don’t do it, and I’m behind on my deadlines and goals and I’m not sure if this shop was even a good idea in the first place. And it’s scary! I don’t even know if I’ll be any good at this giant goal I set out to do.
So if you’re in the struggle, I’m in it with you. But guess what? If there’s no struggle, there’s no progress. So keep struggling until you see the fruit!
Launch the Nancy Ray Shop
Skim “Launch” (related)
Prepare my heart for another Contentment Challenge (beginning April 1st. You’re invited. #sorrynotsorry. Details coming soon.)
Finish reading Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. THIS BOOK is SO GOOD y’all.
Read The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence (with the NRBC)
Listen to Traction the Audiobook while running
Keep up with my half-marathon training
Plan a Milly Mama day at my favorite park on a good-weather Friday
Speak at Making Things Happen
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