Conquering Your Uphill Battles

    Have you ever heard the story of Sisyphus? 

    If not, long story short – In Greek Mythology, Sisyphus was punished for being deceitful by being forced to roll an immense boulder up a hill only for it to roll down every time before he reached the top.

    All of us are on our own journey. Along the way, there are specific tasks we have to complete to get wherever we are going. 

    If we create a task that we can’t complete, we’ll be stuck forever, just like Sisyphus. 

    Most of those tasks are ones we choose to do and aren’t actually a necessary part of our journey. You can never read everything on Facebook. You can’t close an argument with your political foe. These are Sisyphus boulders.

    Don’t choose to roll an immense boulder up a hill. Unlike Sisyphus, you have the choice to tackle the tasks that matter. Small actionable steps win. Your project can be completed in small, planned steps.  Rather than a round boulder that rolls back down as soon as you let go, your goals can be shoved up the hill with small rests between shoves.  We can create these resting places.  If you have a blog, you can choose to write 10 minutes a day. If you are trying to learn a new skill, you can commit to 15 minutes a day of practice. If you become overwhelmed, ask yourself this question, “is this essential?” If it’s not, don’t bother pushing that thing.  Save your strength for your essential shoves and accomplish those goals by cutting them down into smaller ones.


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