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      The Discipline Of Pressing On (Even When You Feel Uninspired)

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      Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you.

      George Whitefield

      I almost skipped today.

      I almost didn’t post on my blog today.

      Life has been pretty busy lately, and I honestly didn’t feel all that inspired.

      At work, I am in the midst of closing down our fiscal year which means I’ve been busy closing projects and making sure our financials are in order by September 30th.  At home, I am just as busy.  Our kids are very active (which is a good thing), but it often means I’m on the road at a cross-country meet, a football game, or a marching band show.  I’m also helping my wife as she works on building her life coaching business.

      All these things are great, but I sometimes feel drained.  And there are times when I leave little margin for reflection and inspiration.

      All this to say, I come to the keyboard today feeling a little worn out and a lot uninspired.

      And yet, I’m sitting here writing my post for today.  I’m pressing on even when I don’t feel like it.

      Why?

      Some think I should just skip the day and wait for new inspiration tomorrow.  But I’ve learned that this isn’t necessarily the best choice.  I’ve learned that practicing the discipline of pressing on despite lack of inspiration and motivation is the best way to get the results I want.

      I’ve finished three marathons and several half marathons.  In training for these races, I’ve learned to press on when it comes to my daily training runs.  One skipped training day would lead to another and another, and I would have arrived at the starting line unprepared.

      I wrote a book.  The book didn’t write itself, and it didn’t come together in one day.  Writing the book took days and weeks of writing.  I had to write even when I didn’t feel like it in order to meet my goal.

      My wife and I have raised two children.  We don’t always get it right when it comes to parenting, and they aren’t perfect kids.  But they are pretty good!  This doesn’t happen if we decide to take a break from parenting when we don’t feel like it.

      Pressing on inches us closer to “the prize.”  I don’t know what prize you are pursuing, but it won’t happen if you don’t persist.

      This is why I am writing today’s post.  I’m pressing on, because I’ve seen the benefit of daily blogging.  And I’m confident I’ll see more results because I decided to press on even when my inspiration wasn’t all there.

      What “prize” are you pursuing?  What keeps you going when you don’t feel inspired?

      How would your world be different if you made the decision to practice the discipline of pressing on?  How has persistence despite lack of inspiration made a difference in your life?

      (Maybe I was a little more inspired than I thought.  I think the inspiration came as a result of pressing on.)