Do the Work: Inner Work


We think that all we have to do is complete the steps—the tasks, jobs, and projects that make up those steps—and we’ll achieve our dreams. This is a big part of it but going for our dreams also entails doing inner work.

Inner work is just as important as the outer work is when we’re going for our dreams.

When we hit rough patches, in addition to looking outside of ourselves to find solutions, we also need to look inside and see what part of the problem is because of us—because of what we are doing that we shouldn’t or we’re not doing something that we should be.

But we’re afraid to do the inner work.

We think it’s too much, or it’s too hard or we’ll uncover stuff that’s too bad. When we think of inner work we think it’s too overwhelming or that it’ll crush us. Another set of excuses are that we’re too tired and exhausted, or that we just plain old can’t do it.

But it’s all these reasons and excuses that lets us know that this is exactly and precisely the inner work that we must do.

Yes, it can be tough and hard and overwhelming and scary and too much and exhausting and mind-bending and mind-boggling…. But we gotta do it.

The fact that we’re feeling all this tells us that we are on the right track with this inner work. Buckle your seatbelt and do the work!

Because the work won’t go away.

It’ll just keep us stuck in the same place or, if we do manage to move forward, we do so at a slow pace and we don’t move as fast or as high as we could if we would do the work. It’s like trying to win the Indy 500 with your foot on the brake and the emergency brake on. We don’t get very far or go very fast.

Do the inner work.

Your homework today is to do the inner work. Yes, it can be scary and overwhelming, which is why you can—and should—break it down into small pieces and little parts. Set yourself up for success with this.

For instance, what props do you need to make yourself feel safe and secure? Does the scent of fresh baked cookies or pumpkin pie make you feel safe? If so, of course you could bake some cookies or pie or you can purchase a candle of this scent and light it when you’re doing inner work.

Another suggestion is to have soothing music playing or sitting in a favorite chair wrapped in a soft blanket. Perhaps it’s being in nature or listening to a YouTube audio of nature sounds.

There are many things you can do to set yourself up for success.

Do them so that you can do the inner work!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


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