We all do well with change when it’s going our way. It’s easy to make changes and make them stick when the path is clear, straight, and bright.
It’s a totally different story, though, when the dark clouds of trouble roll in. When we have bad days or when we’re frustrated or worried or feeling really glum, that’s when our best, most earnest promises of change can go right out the window.
When we’re pushed, especially when we’re pushed to the limit, it’s precisely at these times that we must insist of ourselves that we stick with the changes we’re trying to make.
Yes, it’s hard–seemingly impossibly hard–to stick with changes when we’re up against it. It can be painful, it can be heartbreaking, and it totally sucks.. It isn’t any easier for people who insist upon gutting it out than it is for people who fail to do so. But that’s what separates people who make it through hardship from those who are permanently crushed by them.
There is no magic wand. It comes down to guts and grit and muscling it out through the rough patches.
Action Plan: When the going gets rough, dig in and insist to yourself that you hang tough with the changes you’re trying to make. Even if you backslide, scramble back up and hang tough. For every moment you hold onto the changes you want to make in your life, you’re that much stronger than your resistance.
You have what it takes to do this, I know you do!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,