The work itself has different challenge levels. But you can’t arrive at a new challenge level until you’ve knocked out the previous one.
There is no skipping ahead.
So once you get to the work itself, as challenging as it may be, it can also feel pretty damn easy. Because you’re ready for it.
But what ends up happening most of the time is you never get to the work. Instead, you stay in your head. You stay with your thoughts, you hold tight to your feelings — they all feel so difficult to overcome. You fool yourself into thinking you’re actually doing the work because of the incessant chatter going on up in your head or the overwhelming feelings you have in your body.
You’re not alone. We’ve all done it. And we all do it, sometimes.
We fool ourselves into thinking we’re working but we’re not — we aren’t actually leveling up our ability to be with new challenges — we’re just spinning circles in our head about it!
But once you actually get to work, you will, without a doubt, experience a moment of “ease.” You’ll notice that the challenge itself is nothing compared to the story you were making up in your head about it!
When you arrive in that moment, be grateful for it. Notice how you worked for this moment. Be grateful when things are clicking, and take that time to dream even bigger and plan even further out. What are the next possibilities? The next creations? The grander vision of success?
You can only get clear on your vision when you have chosen to practice removing the chaos of our mind and its distractions.
Let the challenges come because soon enough, they will feel easy and it will be time to create something else. Because if you’re honest about anything — change is the only constant and it’s either happening to you or you’re happening to it.
You have what it takes to create change for yourself instead of being at the whim of your surrounding conditions.
In the pursuit of your goals, dreams, hopes, and plans, you’re going to face a challenge. If it wasn’t going to feel a little challenging, you would already have achieved it, right?
Challenge is what makes the journey so sweet — well, looking back and seeing how you’ve overcome it, mostly.
But the way we most often approach challenge and difficulty is like it’s a warning sign instead of a big WELCOME invitation.
It IS a WELCOME invitation, my friends. Are you willing to be in the game and level up your difficulty levels with ease? You don’t do that sitting on the sidelines. There’s no challenge over there. All the challenge you think you’re experiencing, before even getting in the game, isn’t the real challenge. That’s just the bullshit story you’re making up in your mind.
Don’t stop before you get started.
Let someone in to push you, kick you in the butt and even harass you with a lot of love and care when they see you quietly sitting on the sidelines of your life, just “waiting” for something to happen. Let someone in to face your fears with you and show you they really are just a bunch of lies.
If you ARE willing to be in the game, if you’ve said YES to yourself, to your goals, to your dreams, to your work, to your fullest self-expression and to receiving the compensation and value in return for your gifts that you know you are so worthy and deserving of… then you’re going to have to get okay with the prods, the kicks and the line-in-the-sand kind of love.
Find someone who you trust. Find someone who hears you. Find someone who believes in you. Find someone who you want to exchange energy with, build momentum with and do the thing with! And give them the permission to poke, to prod, to push, to call you out on your bull shit.
Because we all know you actually DO have what it takes. There’s nothing separating you from anyone else or from anything you desire to achieve except your own excuses and slow-pedaling. The challenge will always feel overwhelming when you’re not even in the game itself. Get in the game and watch the challenge become easy.
Until the next one. 😏