There are times in life when we feel fired up and ready to go.
There are times when we feel fired up but not ready to go.
There are times when we feel ready to go but are not fired up.
Then again, there are times when we don’t feel fired up neither do we feel ready to go.
There are times we feel exhausted, overwhelmed or even numb.
Have you ever been there?
You know what you should do but you can’t seem to find the strength, drive or motivation to get push through or even get started.
It’s a battle many people face but not many people win. There are people who have found themselves in this scenario and they simply quit. They still go to work but they have resigned. They still talk the talk but they hardly walk the walk. Life has dealt them some blows and they have taken they have received the invitation cards to the pity-party of life. The eat the meal of misery and sip the wine of worry.
Their optimism about the future has been replaced by complaints and bitter remarks about people who seem to be getting ahead.
There is also another category: Those who don’t blame other people. They simply keep to themselves. They watch the world go by. Days become weeks. Weeks become years. Years become decades. No progress. No breakthroughs. No accomplishments. They are just there. They stop living though they are still breathing. This could happen at 17, 37, 50 or 73. There are many people like that and if you do a quick check, you’d admit that you know quite a few who fall into this category.
Usually, it starts as a bad seed…an encumbrance. It is a challenge- sometimes overlooked, sometimes excused, often ignored. Then it snowballs into a monstrosity that we can’t deal with by ourselves.
It could be a bad business decision that leads to bankruptcy.
It could be a poor attitude to work that costs you your job…
A heated argument that leads to a failed relationship…
Lustful thoughts that lead to sexual sin…
Or pride that lead to a fall.
If we do nothing about them, they become strong chains that bind us. They hold us back. They limit us.
It’s not enough to know that you are being held back. It is important to know what exactly is holding us back.
Whenever you sense that you are losing momentum, running out of steam, losing your drive, it’s is critical to ask and answer this question “What’s holding me back?”
Don’t ignore it. Identify it. Then confront it. Address it. Deal with it.
You can’t surmount an onstacle that you haven’t identified. You can’t defeat an enemy that you don’t recognize. If you don’t know what’s holding you back, you won’t know how to address it. Every good doctor knows that he can’t render real help to his patient without a proper diagnoses.
Take out the next few moments and reflect on these thoughts. The answers you’ll get will be quite revealing.
I look forward to reading your thoughts and comments and I will recommend steps you can take to deal with this in my next post.