Confession: I’m In a Slump

I haven’t written in my journal for about a week and I haven’t committed to my 500 words each night.

I’m in a slump.

It’s cold and gray and it’s just a lot easier to come up with an excuse for why I shouldn’t do the work.

Today, I push through

I remember how it feels when I commit to the work. I get a glimpse of the feeling when I pour myself into this journey. It’s not the actual work that feels good, it’s the feeling when I push through the resistance, having intense focus and finishing.

It’s at the finish line of a journal entry or meditation session that holds the feeling that I want to feel.

I remember that I don’t necessarily love the work, but I don’t like the way I feel if I don’t do the work more. Tweet this

So I push through.

Committing to an intentional journey of self growth isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. It takes effort and dedication in trusting the process that the work will lead to growth.

Every commitment is faced with resistance; it comes with the territory of doing the work. It especially tags along to the things that your most passionate about. It lives and breathes right around the things that touch your soul.

It’s not about not having enough time, it’s about making time to work on you.

It’s committing to the journey and making it a priority. When bettering yourself and reflecting inward is a priority, and you’re doing the work, everything else becomes enhanced.

Commit to you first

When you are working to better yourself, looking at the deepest corners of who you are, starting can sometimes be the hardest part. Coming to terms with your vulnerabilities and making the choice, not to suppress them further, but to expose them and feel them takes courage.

Once you’ve started and committed to bettering yourself each and everyday it’s the process of acting and working each day that’s the most difficult.

Starting takes courage; it’s one action, continuing is a journey of painful and not so glamorous efforts. The point after starting is what’s most important.

You can build up the courage and start, but growth only happens when you travel the journey, not just when leaving the starting line. Tweet this

If you’re at a place where you’re stuck, keep pushing

Face the fear and resistance and plow it over. Go through it, around it or over it, just get passed it.

Remember the feeling you have at your core when you are fully committed. Live in that mindset and continue to see through that lens.

Once you push through keep up with the momentum. You sometimes will take two steps back, which is good, it allows you to question and reflect on the journey. What’s important though is how you answer that question; it either supports your growth or utterly kills it.

Decide to push through, decide to turn those two steps backwards into giant leaps forward. These leaps provide an opportunity to rejuvenate.

Remember the feeling you get when you put in the work and commit. Find that place; live there. Push through your fears and resistance. Be intentional.

What do you do when you find yourself slacking from the very things you’ve committed to? Do you express those thoughts and confront them or continue to make excuses?


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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.


  1. I’ll definitely confront it. I feel that I am a disaster or useless if I don’t push forward every second of my life.

    I want to change lives but if I don’t constantly improve myself, that dream of mine wouldn’t come to fruition.

    1. Good for your Wan! Keep pushing and keep confronting. Thanks for reading and the comment!

  2. wiedenu

    Actually reminds me of a lot of what I hear from people trying to lose weight or training for running (or other physical feat); you work so hard and it’s tough, you hit a wall and you want to stop. I have to remind myself more of the fact that I hate myself when I DON’T run, rather than reminding myself how much I love myself when I do run. Running takes care of reminding me how much I love myself. But I have to tell myself that I don’t like who I am when I don’t run.

    I find the same thread here, Eric. I have to remind myself what I don’t like about things to make sure I do the things I do like.

    Nice post.

    1. Absolutely! It’s a change in mindset in which we approach things; fear, physical endurance, etc. The key is finding that place of feeling you want to feel. Approach it through that lens. I absolutely agree with you. Thanks for stopping by man, I really appreciate it. Cheers.

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