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If you haven’t noticed by now, my favorite phrase is: Just do it! I hate excuses, because there are none.

BUT–you can #justdoit ’til the cows come home and still not moooooo-ve one step closer to where you want to be in life. Staying busy, won’t make you better. Don’t just move, move forward, but more important, know the difference. If you’re unsure of your own progress, that is a key indicator. And before I get in to a few others, I must make one thing abundantly clear. More stuff  and/or “better” stuff, does NOT = progress. Progress is comprised of passion, purpose, and peace. You can literally be in a better place, with more square footage, and crown molding, without actually being–in–a better–place.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program…for the last week, I’ve been extremely sick. I can’t tell you of a time in my life when I’ve been sick for an entire week. While I was fortunate enough to have a day I could phone in, the rest of the time, I had to just deal with it. I had to force myself to get things done.  Now, that my energy is coming back, I had quite the epiphany. THAT is what it feels like to force an outcome. It’s exhausting. Things still get done, but it takes all you got. And when all is said and done, you’re not even satisfied with the results.

I see people, often, forcing things; it makes me sad. I know it’s not satisfying, it can’t be. I’ve been that person myself. When you are in the flow of your life, you have energy, things are healthy. If you’re forcing it or phoning it in, things aren’t well. In this touch and go world we’ve created, it’s easy to hide behind the forced face. At a glance, it’s hard to differentiate, but you know. You know when you go to sleep at night if you’re exhausted and unsatisfied. You know, if most days it feels like it takes more energy than you got. And you know, despite the world thinking all is well, when–if it weren’t for your pride, you might have a shot at feeling satisfied.