The truth is that it is you.  You are the only one getting in your own way.  All you have to do is set yourself up to let the natural energy of the universe flow through you.  And what does that require?  Healthy diet, exercise, meditation, and sleep.  And then just show up.

Annoying things will happen.  Sometimes you will look up to the heavens and ask God, “Why me?” but all of these things are tests.  It seems like a cosmic law, in fact, that as soon as you have decided that you are going to set out to do something, the universe will send you an obstacle to test out whether or not you really intend on following through.  Know that this is going to happen and be ready.  Be thankful for it.  It is the universe’s way of acknowledging your desire.  When we overcome temptation and we push back at the darkness that tries to crowd us in from around the edges, we become more disciplined and we build up a greater and greater sense of resolve.

Sure, it might be easier to quit.  To give yourself an escape hatch.  A permission slip.  And it might give you momentary satisfaction.  But in the long term, you will suffer for it.  The inner you will suffer.  Suck it up.  Accumulate victories.  Make yourself do the foundational things in your life that will benefit you.

You will be happier for having done them. Let go of all of your complaints and grievances.  Anger and resentment only weakens you.  It blocks you and distracts you from actually doing the work that you should be doing.  There is no excuse.  There is you.  And there is the thing.  And you must do the thing.  All of the stories you have made up in your head are just an illusion, a giant distraction.  Heavy stuff is still going to be heavy.  Make a list of all the things that you want to get done.  And then get them done.

Tell the people around you what you are doing.  Say it out loud.  Write it down on a piece of paper.  There is power in words.  Once you’ve written it and once you’ve said it out loud, treat every distraction and obstacle that gets in your way as an awful threat; an enemy combatant on the battlefield.

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