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Hey y’all, you’re listening to Lovin My Daughter-in-law, Episode 106: Push
I was recently out for a run at 5:30 in the morning. It was cold and dark, but I wanted to get it done, so I put my headlight on and Nutmeg and I headed out. We were going for a five mile run, and at one mile, my headlight stopped working. Had it not been very dark and 25 degrees, this wouldn’t have been a problem, but it was very hard to see, and pulling off gloves to push buttons was interesting.
I finally figured out that if I pushed one of the buttons, the light would come on for three seconds and then go off again. So I wrapped the light around my glove and would push the button every three seconds so I could see just a little. Push light, push light was my new pattern as I continued my run. I was too far into it to turn around, so I kept pushing forward.
After another mile or so, I tripped, falling over a bump in the path. I was a little rattled, but it wasn’t serious. Just another knee scrape. I got up, and I slowly started running again, pushing on.
As I proceeded, the light was only staying on for one to two seconds, and my thumb was constantly pushing the button to get a little light going for me to see. I finally made it home and was so grateful that I was able to push myself along and get to my destination.
Do you ever get into a situation where you feel like you have a lot of pushing to do? You know there is an end in sight, but it seems like a long way to get there. Especially when you’re not seeing the whole picture very well right now.
I think this comes up for all of us often, in many different areas of our lives. So here are seven simple things to do to help push you forward, even when you don’t necessarily want to in the moment.
Number one: Set small achievable goals. Break down your tasks into smaller, manageable goals. Achieving these smaller goals can provide a sense of accomplishment and motivate you to tackle larger tasks.
Number two: Create a routine. Establishing a daily routine helps build consistency and discipline. Knowing what to expect and having a structured plan can make it easier to push through moments of low motivation.
Number three: Visualize success. Imagine the positive outcomes and benefits of completing your goals or tasks. Visualization can create a sense of purpose and increase motivation as you push yourself in the direction you want to go.
Number four: Focus on progress, not perfection. Understand that progress is more important than perfection. Celebrate small achievements and recognize that setbacks are a natural part of the journey.
Number five: Find accountability partners. Share your goals with someone who can hold you accountable. Whether it’s a friend, family member, or colleague, having someone check in on your progress can provide an extra push to whatever you’re doing.
Number six: Take breaks. Don’t push yourself too hard without breaks. Short breaks can refresh your mind and prevent burnout.
And number seven: Celebrate you. Set up a reward system for completing tasks. Treat yourself to something enjoyable after reaching a milestone. Take time daily to acknowledge and celebrate how amazing you are. Loving on you is so helpful when you’re pushing yourself through uncomfortable things.
I challenge each of us to pick one of these seven tips. Set small achievable goals. Create a routine. Visualize success. Focus on progress, not perfection. Find accountability partners. Take breaks and Celebrate you. Choose one of these and incorporate into your day. See how it helps you push yourself towards something you really want.
Remember, it’s normal and okay to experience periods of low energy. The key is to implement strategies that work for you and help push you forward over the long term.
Back to my run, push, light experience. I was given this light as a gift over a year ago. And inside he wrote the words, “let your light shine”. Kind of funny in this moment that I was doing everything possible to let my light shine.
A beautiful quote by Richard M. DeVos says, “Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A ‘you can do it’ when things are tough.” Hmmm, something to think about.
Have a good one y’all, and here’s to light, push, and love.
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