I booked my first driving lesson and made a decision to commit to learning to drive — for however long it was going to take.
A few months later (and several driving lessons down) a friend asked me how I was going with a couple of the goals I had at the time, one of them being learning how to drive and I responded, “It’s going okay. I’m trying really hard.”
And as soon as I said it, I realised that I wasn’t trying hard — at all.
I wasn’t taking empowered action as much as I could of been. And I definitely wasn’t giving it my all.
I was going to driving lessons every couple of weeks and maybe driving once or twice in-between (or sometimes not at all).
In that moment I became fully aware that I wasn’t trying my hardest.
So I told my friend, “Actually I’m not trying very hard at all, I could be doing more.” And that’s what I did…
I tried harder. I took more action. And I dug deep and pushed myself to keep showing up.
It would of been easier to keep pretending to myself that I was trying hard, even though I wasn’t at all. But that wasn’t going to help me get to where I wanted to go.
It would of been easier to keep pretending (to myself) that I was trying, but that wouldn’t of helped at all.
There have been countless times over the past year as I’ve endeavoured to learn how to drive where I’ve lost momentum and not been in action as much as I could of been.
There have been countless times that I’ve had to stop and ask myself, “Am I really giving this my all?” or “How hard am I really trying?”
These questions — and the answers — help me to realise I could be doing more and empower me to try harder and take more action. And the answer always is, “YES!”
Over the past year as I’ve been learning to drive I’ve realised that I — and we — have the potential to do so much more than what we are doing.
We can usually be doing more, trying harder and taking more empowered action.
As Anna Kendrick says in her book Scrappy Little Nobody, “Having to fight for the thing you want doesn’t mean you deserve it any less.”
Sometimes you need to dig deep, push yourself harder (and fight) to get to where you want to go.
If there’s something you’re wanting to make happen, a dream you want to make your reality, a goal that you want to be making more progress with, ask yourself:
Are you REALLY giving it your all?
I hope the answer empowers you to dig deep and keep taking empowered action until you get to where you want to go.
PS. If you’re feeling discouraged and unmotivated about working towards what you want, you might like to check out my online class So you haven’t achieved your goal. Now what? You can get FREE access to this class by entering your details at the end of this post. In it I share more about the other goal I wasn’t trying very hard with! 😉
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