“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” ~Napoleon Hill
Sometimes I wish that weren’t true.
I can accept that continuous effort is required to achieve something—it’s the idea that growth involves a degree of struggle that can sometimes sap my energy and make me want to take a nap rather than move forward.
If organizing ourselves and our time were easy, we would always be on time and never waste a second looking for anything.
Unfortunately, Americans waste 1 year of their lives looking for lost or misplaced items. Time is a precious resource and the best way to maximize it is by simplifying our lives and staying organized.
One of the common threads I hear from those I consult is: overcoming struggle and re-engaging when you feel overwhelmed.
It’s notable that struggle is present at every stage of a process—at the beginning of a project, when a bump in the road occurs, and even when the finish line is in sight and it would seem easier to complete the project than to walk away.
When you hit a wall, it can be hard to get up and try again.
Most of us (myself included) would rather avoid the wall and move onto something new—the low-hanging fruit. It only grows more complicated when another person or people are involved and potential conflict becomes part of the struggle.
If you find yourself up against a wall, these three things will help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible with renewed commitment and even enthusiasm:
1) Accept the fact that struggle/frustration are a necessary part of the process.
To build muscle, you first have to rip it apart. And the more organized you become, the less you’ll struggle with physical clutter and the more you’ll struggle with emotional and psychological clutter. The physical stuff is always the easiest to tackle.
2) Remember that you deserve to be happy.
Happiness is available to us all. It doesn’t require money or talent or even great intellect—just willingness to experience it.
3) Showing up is 90% of the process.
So many people can’t even get into the on-deck circle, let alone take their turn at bat. Just showing up puts you in the game and once you’re in the game, anything can happen—and something definitely WILL happen. Don’t miss out on what’s possible by not even playing.
If you can’t avoid struggling, it’s helpful to know that everyone does it and that everything you see around you involved someone’s struggle to turn an idea into something real.