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Every day I have the decision to either take the stairs or take the elevator to enter or exit my place of business. In most cases, I take the easy way and use the elevator. On this particular day, the elevator was already occupied by three other individuals and I was asked by a coworker to take the steps with her. I quickly informed her that I had bad knees and she made a rebuttal by stating that the only way to solve the problem was to work on the problem.

As a Life Coach, Navy Career Counselor, mentor, and father, I have always promoted and lived by goal setting. To achieve your goals, you must continue to climb the steps to get to the top. I have shared in other posts that you should set your goals, write them down, have a plan of action, and execute. Nowhere in this statement did I or would I ever say to plan for adversity because we all know that is the way of life. I will go out on a limb and say with 100% certainty that you will become discouraged and weary while you are on your journey but the key is to continue to keep pressing forward.

Discouragement is a loss of confidence or enthusiasm or "without courage." You hear this word quite often in the sports world when a player seems to have lost their heart because they have continued to miss shots that they usually make, drop a few passes, or continue to let the pitch pass them without making contact. How often have you seen someone get a promotion or an award and you think that they didn't deserve it because they were not as focused or driven as you? How many times have you started to save money but then an unforeseen expense appears or you have been following all the guidelines set by higher authority and you still get COVID-19. Whenever we don't see progression, doubt creeps into our minds and we begin to wonder if what we are doing, makes any difference at all which leads to "without courage."

Here are some ways that you can break away from this faux reality:

-Breathe and meditate on the outcome. Focusing on your outcome, and not your present, will help you realize the solution to the issue so that you can achieve the desired outcome.

-Communicate. We all tend to isolate ourselves and try to attack our problems on our own because we don't want to be considered weak, a failure or someone who is looking for sympathy or a handout of any kind. Talking and informing the people that you trust about what you are going through is highly recommended because they can provide you with encouragement that you will need to keep pushing forward.

-Don't stop. The Law of Inertia states that "with no net force acting upon it, an object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion. Both objects will continue with the same inertia, keeping the same velocity." So what does that mean to you? It means that once you stop then you will remain in that condition until you are forced to move.

We can all take the elevator to get us up or down quickly without any issues to our bodies, but how will this help with our other issues? Kinetic energy is the energy an object has because of its motion. If we want to accelerate or move to our goal, we must apply force which will allow us to take one step at a time and keep us moving and staying persistent to reaching our ultimate goal.

While taking those steps, remember to laugh, live and love life and be grateful for each step forward. If you need help moving or getting started, contact...#SPEAK2MYHEART

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