Something we all have experience with, as parents, as professionals, as adults and even earlier for some of us, is “pushing through.”
Finding the determination, the reserve of strength, the faith to keep moving forward when the part of you that just wants to stop, possibly even needs to stop, is all you hear inside your own head.
I have felt it too.
The emotional drain, the physical weakness, the mental blank; these are all walls each of us must find the strength for pushing through.
As a single Mom, a home school teacher to a Kindergartener learning to read, as the right hand of the Man in Back, as the Lead Guide Trainer, as an Author, as the webmaster and Social Media Alaska Chick for Pioneer Outfitters; it really seems to me that if we could just have approximately 10 hours more per day, I might just accomplish what I set out to do.
Doing the right thing when your heart and trust have been betrayed or bruised, find the reserve of strength that comes from training and heart and being able to gather your wits.
This is “Pushing Through.”
As a Mom and as a Leader, I have had to search for and even pray and beg for the strength to push through.
It can be the next thing to a total failure.
Except it isn’t.
Doing your best.
Acknowledging the pain, loss, confusion, loneliness, embarrassment, frustration and exhaustion can be hard enough for any man or woman.
That acknowledgement will actually start the trickle.
Doing your best means knowing that you count too.
“You have to be responsible for yourself, first. You have to take care of yourself, first. THAT is your job. You cannot be responsible for anyone else if you haven’t taken responsibility of yourself.”
~ Speaking to Alaska Guide Trainees
The trickle that will allow you to face what today is.
What today can be.
What today may do for tomorrow.
Then it will be tomorrow and that trickle will have become a skinny stream.
What I have discovered living so intimately with the wilderness is that everything heals, if allowed to.
The sun does shine again.
The rain will fall and it will also stop.
Pushing through whatever is disrupting you, whatever is draining you, whatever it is holding you back; is never easy, rarely gentle and only occasionally, convenient.
Here is the kicker: The theory is that this is easier to do with a Team, with a community, a family or a circle.
Yeah? Well, what if you are all alone?
I have been alone.
We were not created to be alone.
On any level.
Humans need one another.
This doesn’t mean you CANNOT push through alone.
It means that it may be a little harder to believe you can.
The reward is that you didn’t quit.
The gift is that you now know, with no doubt at all that you can.
You can push through.
You have pushed through.
Stronger, focused and inspired.
You didn’t quit, that is pushing through.
The bonus is that you can let others know too.
Pay it forward by sharing the fact that you can push through.
Life Lesson # 4 ~ We’re in this together.
Pushing Through is the latest of Monday (and every other day of the week) Motivation.
“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”
- Henry Ford
A motive is an impulse that causes a person to act.
Motivation is an internal process that makes a person move toward a goal.
The key to motivation is the understanding that YOU have the power to change both your expectations of yourself and the value placed on a task.
I offer you this, as a reminder: You are not alone.