Whether it's a hobby, a project, a relationship, or a personal goal, the initial excitement often propels us forward with great enthusiasm.
We're brimming with ideas, motivation, and a burning desire to succeed, or sometimes - to not fail.
But as time goes on, we encounter obstacles, distractions, and setbacks, all of which are expected parts of a hero’s journey.
The road gets bumpy, future becomes uncertain, and suddenly, that initial burst of energy seems to fade away.
We find ourselves facing the hard truth: continuing what we started despite the challenges.
Now that is a whole different ballgame.
Why does it have to be so dang difficult to keep going?
Well, my friends, the answer lies in all the boring (non-sexy) stuff no one wants to hear: commitment, discipline, and perseverance.
It's easy to be inspired and that first step, but maintaining the momentum requires consistent effort.
It's in those moments of doubt and weariness that our determination is truly tested.
In those moments, we have to remember the beauty that lies beyond the struggle.
When we push through the tough times, we build character and resilience.
We discover our true strength and learn more about ourselves along the way.
We develop skills and habits that serve us not only in that particular endeavor but also in other aspects of life.
So, if you feel like giving up or find it hard to continue…
… take a deep breath (and/or a break, sometimes you just need a break to see things clearly) and look inward to find that big ‘why’ that matters more than a temporary obstacle.
A big part of life is recognizing when it's time to let go of certain things so we can let in something new, more fulfilling to take its place.
A journaling prompt I love (particularly when I feel weighed down) is "What do I want to let go of?" or "What is weighing me down?"
Think about the things, beliefs, opinions, feelings, memories, regrets, experiences, people, habits, etc. that feel heavy, burdensome, and unnecessary.
Let yourself write until nothing else comes to mind.
Notice how you feel after putting those burdens down.
Let yourself be in this lighter state, and from that place ask yourself, "What do I want to let in?" or "What do I want more of?"
Let all the things, beliefs, opinions, feelings, memories, regrets, experiences, people, habits, you would love to let in come to you. You don't need to force answers, rather let them arise from this unburdened state you're in.
Notice how it feels to let in all that goodness.
Wellbeing practice can be anything that supports a greater mental strength and helps you feel anchored to yourself. The most challenging thing about these practices is remembering to actually do them and to be present with the experience.
These are not meant to feel like a chore or yet another thing on your to do list, so pick a practice that you will look forward to engaging in. Here are 5 simple ideas anyone can do daily.
1. Upon awaking, take a few minutes to get in touch with how you want to feel during the day. Remind yourself of that feeling throughout the day.
2. Listen to or read something uplifting and inspirational. Write down parts that resonate with you so you can keep revisiting them.
3. Spend time in nature/outdoors even if just for a few minutes.
4. Reflect on & celebrate a win from the past week/month. Think about what makes it so meaningful?
5. Detach from negative moods and thoughts by writing them down. You don't have to take them with you everywhere you go.