Derek and Danny recently joined a gym here in Durres. They thought they’d go a few times a week to make up for all the homemade bread and pasta we eat here but an employee at the gym had other plans for them…
He’s pushing them!
The first day they crawled home after three hours of working out looking like they could be rung out. I announced that I had all kinds of things I could make for dinner, but they announced that Tacim said they could only have yogurt and fruit for dinner from now on. (I really can’t wait to thank this guy for giving me two to three hours a day to myself and relieving me from dinner duty.)
If you won’t push your own limits, get close to someone who will.
Why else are we here anyway?
To coast through life never knowing what we were capable of?
Robin Hoffman, a friend of mine on Facebook is constantly pushing me in the area of writing. She often says things like this…
While etiquette and self-consciousness usually serve us well, these concerns can stunt the growth of artists who succumb.
I suggest you set aside some time each day when you commit to write whatever comes forward, and let it stay.
Write the nasty scene, make the outrageous claim, be offensive, be disgusting, sound delusional, whatever you want.
It takes discipline to write. It takes courage to write honestly.
Her words have encouraged me to see where else my writing could go. A couple months ago I found a website called LightWorkers World. I saw that I could apply to be a contributing writer and got excited at the possibility. Within a few minutes fear crept in. I clicked off the site because I wasn’t sure I would make the cut.
I kept thinking about the website.
I re-read the requirements, topics and skills they were looking for.
And then I wrote an email and pushed send on Tuesday.
I decided it didn’t matter if I was accepted or if I ever heard back from them, I just needed to push myself. I had to at least give it my best shot so I could have peace about the way I live my life…courageously, instead of cowardly.
The next day I did my meditation, checked my email and there was a message.
My heart started racing as I clicked it open.
They said yes!
I am super excited about this opportunity but I think I’m even more excited that I decided to push myself. It motivated me go further out on the limb. Yesterday I submitted my next book idea to a publishing house. That’s something I would never have done a few months ago.
When’s the last time you pushed yourself?
When’s the last time you risked rejection?
When’s the last time you took a leap of faith?
It’s not always easy or fun to be pushed but I can tell you it feels really good to do it! Who cares if it’s a long shot. Who cares what comes of it. Pushing yourself is the only way to find out what you’re made of, what’s possible and just how high you can soar.
“Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.”
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Hungry for More, Monique Alvarez p.s. If there are typos, spelling or grammar mistakes in this post don’t worry about. Those are the kinds of things I’ve worried about for FAR too long. It’s time to just get it out and who cares if it’s not perfect, it’s from the heart! p.s.s. My book Celebrate Life 365 Ways is now available at Amazon.com (both the paperback and Kindle edition). Thank you for joining the celebration! ;)