What I’ve Learned: Gut it Out



Sometimes we find ourselves in a place that is very uncomfortable. There is no easy way out, no path of least resistance. The only trail we see is barely a footpath and it’s overgrown with thorny brush, on a steep and rocky trail, and there are no handholds or guard rails.

We don’t want to take that way.

So we pause in our forward movement and search for better ways. But we don’t come up with anything that’s less difficult.

We’re tempted to stay there and keep searching. This would be a mistake because another phrase for this searching is called being stuck. And, that isn’t helpful at all!

That’s when we have to just get our nerve up, prepare ourselves as best as we can, roll up our sleeves and gut it out. We know it’s going to be uncomfortable; it might even be painful. But trust and believe that you’re moving toward something better.

Sometimes you have to put up with pain—whether it’s physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual—so that you can move forward to better places and better times.


Your homework today is to gut it out. What steps are you avoiding or evading because you know they’ll be uncomfortable or painful? Break those steps into manageable pieces so that they aren’t so intimidating or overwhelming. Break them into as small of bits as needed. Then do the bits!

Keep doing them and soon you’ll break through to something much better!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


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