Trying to do something you are not here to do is like trying to run a marathon in shoes that are two sizes too small.

Let us be frank and open, no matter who you are and what you are choosing to do in this life there are going to be times, maybe many times, when the going is tough. You are going to run into barriers and blockages. Sometimes life will attempt to take you down. Anyone who tells you otherwise is not being honest with you; or they are attempting to sell you some pipe dream for a hefty price.

The bigger the barrier and struggle the bigger the reward – “Embrace the suck.”

You should actually want situations and circumstances to “suck” sometimes. Why? Because it brings out the best within you!

You do not grow bigger and better by lifting small loads. Just the opposite! You become bigger, better, faster, stronger, smarter by pushing your limits. Deep down inside you know this is true.

You become bigger, better, faster, stronger, and smarter by pushing the limits of your own boundaries.

One of the immutable laws of this universe is that anything that does not contribute and provide value is eliminated. So, quit fooling yourself please.

You are running up against barriers for a reason; and that reason is to bring out the best from within you. That reason is to test your mettle, your commitment and your fortitude. Stay the course. Shift your mindset. Change your story.

Your story about your life determines your life.

We all take hits, the only difference between you or me (if any) is a difference of degree. Life often hits hard. We all take hits. What separates those who truly live versus those who merely exist is how long they take to feel sorry for themselves.

Get up. Get busy!

Remind yourself of two things:

1. You create your own barriers.

Yes you read that correctly!

The minute you set any outcome or objective you create a gap between where you are and where you intend to be. The gap is full of barriers and challenges. Jumping and navigating the gap takes perseverance and work. You created the gap. If you have not chosen a new direction and outcome there would be no gap.

Embrace the suck!

2. You want bigger barriers and challenges.

Big barriers mean that when you have the tenacity and the perseverance, you will be breathing the rare air that most will never breathe.

Most will give up. When you do not give up, you own your power; and you often own the entire field.

So how do you get beyond the big barriers?

Use your mind for a change. A massive change! Most people do not think, they only think they think.

You first reframe your mind and realize what we have discussed. Then you keep pushing forward. The forces of resistance must give way to the indomitable spirit that just keeps coming.

Now let us go. One step at a time!!