We feel dark. Depressed. Down. Whatever you want to call it.
We're just barely ourselves, or we're the lowest energy form of ourselves. Dark thoughts, little action, waves slowly lapping the shore at low tide. The water ebbs and we can see the bones of our dreams, drying in the sun. We can seemingly no more rouse our spirits to reveille than we can use our fingers to pull the ocean to the dunes.
And we try to keep to ourselves, because who the heck wants to see the real and the ugly inside our heads?
I was chasing (or trying to chase) my riding partner up a dusty trail yesterday when it occurred to me, in the middle of mashing my pedals and sucking the warm morning wind, that I wasn't going to catch her. She had 25 yards on me, and I had 25 years on her. And then I realized that I didn't need to catch her anymore.
Get over your fear of consequence, or, rather, walk right through it.
How bad do you want it? How much will you give?
The answers to these two questions will do more than guide you; they will reveal you. Because your desire to achieve and your willingness to sacrifice for that achievement will most likely determine whether you are a 100-percenter, a 95-perecenter, or a 90-percenter. Whether you are a person who got the job done, or a person who almost got the job done.
It's not enough to think it.
I know there are tons of positive-thought books and websites and social media pages. People will tell you that if you think great thoughts, then great things will happen. It's this idea that by thinking positive thoughts, you put energy into the world that will be returned to you.
That's only partly true.