Lean Into It

Do you ever catch yourself thinking about the interests you abandoned or the ones you want to pursue, the projects you wish you could work on, the things in your community you wish would change or the art you’ve been putting on the back burner because life is just too busy?

Family, job, household, school, community; those hats you wear that eat at your days, weeks and months. But yet, you lie in bed thinking about those things you wish you would be doing and making time for.

This feeling might look like guilt, defeat, failure or maybe it’s just a dream of yours you wish you could pursue. But knowing that you are capable of doing those things—by dedicating your time, resources, hard work—but don’t, tugs at your core.

It’s that feeling that arises from a place of what if.

What if maybe, just maybe, those feelings are the omen.

Maybe it’s the sign for your calling. Maybe it’s a sign that’s telling you to just give it a shot.

Or maybe it’s the universe telling you it’s the exact thing you should be immersing yourself in, knowing that this thing could turn into something. Or knowing that even if it doesn’t turn into something, the very act of doing could potentially feed your soul and release your truth.

When you see that opportunity within yourself and you become aware of yourself in knowing when and how that feeling arises, lean into it. Give it a shot and pursue it.

What’s the worst that could happen, you fail?

Starting, putting in the work and failing is a successful failure. Not starting at all is the failure that hurts. The feeling of being unfinished or empty. The feeling that our life’s work is still within us, held privately. Tweet this

Push through the resistance.

The resistance is the very thing that is keeping you from trying in the first place. Learn to combat resistance, get to know her, know when she’s present and push her aside or push your way through her. Silence resistance and wake your sleeping muse.

When I don’t write for this project or immerse myself into it I feel guilty. The feeling of guilt and defeat take over. I feel as though I am letting myself down, and you.

I feel like I am abandoning the very thing that gives me joy, that expresses my truth. The thing that provides strength and makes space for my own self growth.

When I recognize these feelings towards this project, I know it’s a choice I have. It’s a matter of putting in the work and trusting the process.

What is that thing that keeps you up at night? The thing that makes those feelings surface? Share in the comments below.

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About Eric Ungs

Eric Ungs writes about a journey of intentional self growth, nudging you to let go; to give yourself permission to be vulnerable and honest with yourself so you can give your best self to others. Author of 10 Incredible Ways to Live a Fulfilling and Joyful Life ebook.