As a kid I hated the struggle. I remember how I had to be forced to practice the piano after 2 or 3 years of playing, when my initial motivation had worn off.

Now, it’s a completely different story.

I’m kind of excited when I’m struggling, when things don’t go smoothly. Now it means to me: Oh great, I’m right before a breakthrough.

And I get this excitement like a kid, just about to open a christmas present.

I’m struggling with this 30-day-blog-challenge a lot. On the one hand I’m really excited to finally share my thoughts on topics that are important to me and to hopefully give other people inspiration on how they can live a life of purpose.

On the other hand, I’m as scared as I haven’t been for a long time. Unnamed fears, old beliefs from buried cabinets pop up and paralyze me.

Reminding myself of this helps me persevere. Helps me name the fears, identify them, listen to them and then dissolve them. Gives me energy to actually analyze what other bloggers do, read their advice, try anyway, get better at writing.

It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. After you went through the struggle, there’s excitement, bigger ability and finally: a lot more ease and joy than ever before.

I’m looking forward to it.

Where are you struggling right now? What will you have learned when you will have persevered?

PS: One reason for struggling might be that you are trying to do something you don’t want to do, but are “supposed” to. If that’s the case, you can also safely consider to stop doing that thing. The struggle’s not worth it if you don’t want to go where it takes you.

(This is the article of day 5 of the 30 day blog challenge. To be notified of new posts, subscribe to the mailinglist on the right.)