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An uphill battle is the wrong one.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that life is going to be easy or that we don’t have to work hard for what we want to achieve.

Recently I had one of those situations where every time you think you are making progress another road block throws itself squarely in your way and you have yet another problem to mess with. You never quite feel that you are really making any progress at all. It is exhausting and frustrating.

Those situations should be your first clue that you are going about it, whatever it is, the wrong way.

If you think about it I’m sure you’ve experienced the other kind of progress where you put your full effort into a situation and suddenly you’ll meet just the right person or find just the right website with exactly the information you need or you’ll get a sudden flash of insight. The work isn’t less, but it is more productive and more satisfying. You get the help or inspiration that you need to keep moving forward with your plan or project. You get energized by each little success and it spurs you on to work even harder.

Those are the right battles.

Today I’m promising myself that the next time I find myself in a two-steps-back-for-each-step-forward uphill all the way battle I’m going to take a moment to sit calmly and focus on what other ways this topic could be approached and try it that way instead.

And I’m telling you all about it because I’m pretty sure I’ll forget that promise the next time I’m in a tizzy. So please hold me to it!


  1. For me, it can be a lot more enjoyable to have tofind a way to work around an obstacle than it is immediately to find a serendipitous route to success. But then, if nothing you try seems to make any headway, it is, as you say, exhausting and frustrating. Not really sure how this comment builds on your post in a meaningful way, but whatever. Wrote it anyway.

    • Thanks for taking the time to weigh in on this! I definitely agree that there is a lot of satisfaction in figuring out how to overcome a serious obstacle. But when one obstacle becomes what feels like a never ending series of them, it is probably time to take a step back and see what else might be going on.