From our time in school all the way into adulthood, there are many times we’ve been hit hard by the struggle bus.
When this happens, our creativity suffers and the drive that we had slows down. And it seems to come out of nowhere. This is a natural part of the process.
For example, if you’re working on a fitness or professional goal, you will hit a plateau. You will be faced with a new obstacle to overcome. Your spirit will be broken. Yet, this happens to every single successful person. When this self-fulfilling prophecy hits you in the face, you need to respond, not react.
Life isn’t about a constant journey straight to the top of the mountain.
It’s about the peaks and valleys in the countryside.
As I’m laying down in the bed writing this on a Sunday evening, it’s hard for me to even hit the keys on the keyboard. Yet, for some weird reason, I still have a smile on my face because I know that I’m just priming the pump.
Even though you’re not seeing the results that you want, remember what we learned in physics class regarding Newton’s first law of motion:
An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.
It’s the same in our lives. You may only get to the gym one time this week. Your bonus may not be as high as it was last year. Yet, you still find the motivation to keep at it because anything is greater than zero.
When you get hit by the struggle bus, laugh, smile, and accept it.
As long as you show up and give it all you’ve got during this struggle, there is no doubt you will have more peaks in your life than valleys.
Joshua Krafchick, CRPC®, EA