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I have spoken several times on the importance of keeping momentum going along as we go down the  path to the future that we desire. I have shared tricks to make sure that we keep taking those steps each day even when the desire to keep walking has long since disappeared. Well, I am here today to tell you that it doesn’t always work. There are times when something happens, either in the world around us or in our own minds and souls that destroys our ability to continue putting one foot in front of the other along our journey. I can tell you from my own experience that this can be the hardest thing to overcome in our quest for the better life that we want. So what do we do when this happens? What do we do when we find ourselves stymied and stuck in the mire?

For me, it is a matter for first realizing the problem. In the past month I have found my motivation for the continuation of this journey at an all time low, having trouble forcing myself into the most basic of steps that I agreed with myself that I would take. I even stopped writing blog posts each day for several weeks, instead only writing a couple times a week and letting my lethargy take control. The first step for me was to realize that I was resting on my behind and realize that this would not get me any closer to the future that I desired. Sitting at my desk at 8am and hating the prospect of the day in front of me and still not taking the time and energy to do those things I KNEW I  needed to get out of where I was and into the future that I actually wanted. Step one was realizing all this and wondering why in the world I wasn’t doing the minimal work.

Step two was reviewing my reasons for taking those steps each day. I had a wonderful weekend recently and on my commute to work this morning realized that I wanted to have a “weekend” every day of my life. I didn’t want to wake up at some obscene hour of the morning to sit at a desk for 9 hours answering phone calls from entitled customers. On that same drive I analyzed what steps I needed to reach my goals again and reminded myself of the changes that I needed to make in my life to get where I wanted to be. The first step in that process was to start taking those small, daily steps again. So here I am, typing away and sharing the methods and thoughts on growth that are the core of my journey.

The final step was tapping into the personal well of strength that comes from my reason for pushing forward on this path, my own why power. I needed to take a little time to get back in touch with that why power and allow it to propel me back onto the road of my journey and to propel me into the future that I want to live. This also came with some new methods for touching base with that why power on a regular basis so that I can use it to push past the lethargy and not stop all forward motion again in the future.

Everyone will fall off the wagon at some point in our lives and in our journeys. The question is not if it is going to happen, the question is if we will get back onto the wagon with a renewed vigor or if we will watch the wagon disappear over the horizon and stay stuck where we are. For me, I am getting back on the wagon and I hope to see you there too!