“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.”

~ Ashley Greene

Hey, Michelle Cederberg here, coming at you about three quarters of the way through a run that I did not want to do today. And I thought now would be a good time to film this week’s video. Not only because it gives me a rest, but because this week we’re continuing to talk about goals. So, I figured in week three, why not talk about those goals smack dab in the middle of my discomfort zone. Most of you know what I’m talking about.

If you’ve spent any time in the last 1, 2, 3 weeks talking yourself out of doing that thing that you had set out to do at the beginning of this month, you understand that just because we want it doesn’t mean it’s easy. In fact, most of the time we don’t want to do the things that we know are good for us. (Enter today’s run.)

I talked myself out of today’s run for a good portion of the day, but the weather’s nice, I was sitting a lot today, and so I said “suck it up butter cup! Time to get outside.”

Watch the video below, or read the transcript that follows…then #DTFW on those goals of yours.

Decide and then do. Don’t overthink the things that you want for yourself. If it was easy, more people would be doing it. And it’s never going to be as easy as you want it to be. Case in point, I have been a fitness instructor since 1990, so do the math. That’s what 27, 28 years? I’ve taught all sorts of classes in all of those years and I’ll tell you right now that 90% of those classes, I don’t feel like teaching when I have to go teach. But I always feel better after.

The hardest part about doing that thing you don’t want to do is starting. So I kicked my ass out the door this afternoon and just said “I’m going to run until it no longer feels like work.” And you might be saying, “Well, my whole run would feel like work!” Or “It always feels like an effort when I’m doing that thing,” whether it’s writing, or running, or working on a project, or getting online for that course you’re taking.

Yet, somewhere in the midst of it momentum kicks in. You know this happens. You start to realize “Ok, I can do this!” You get motivated, and then you keep going. It’s true for exercise to be certain, and it’s true for the writing I did this morning.  Decide and then do. I didn’t think about it this morning. I grabbed my coffee and I sat down. (Even though I did not want to!)

I’m going to impress upon you the importance of a positive mindset once again. If you are not telling yourself that you can, you won’t. If you are not giving yourself permission to work at this task – even if you do it poorly or in small steps – you will not do it.

If you are not telling yourself that you can, you won’t. If you are not giving yourself permission to work at this task – even if you do it poorly or in small steps – you will not do it. Don’t over complicate this. Decide then do. #DTFW #itshowwework #successenergy

It’s not supposed to be easy. Most of the time, you’re not going to want to do the thing. And I think that success definitely comes from owning your discomfort zone. Owning the fact that, yeah, I’m not going to like it, at least for the first bit, but I will like it when I’m done. I will be proud of myself when I’ve done that thing that I set out to do.

So, week 3 of the June goal crusher challenge, I want to hear from more of you. Send me messages, direct message me, make comments below, just let me know how you’re doing, good, bad, or everything in between. Because this doesn’t have to stop at the end of June (in fact, I sure hope it doesn’t) because you have goals to crush, I have a book to write and I need you guys to help me get there too. We can support each other.

“Discomfort zone” is not a bad place to hang out because it teaches you what you’re capable of, and at the end of it all, you will sit down and say, “wow, I did that thing I wasn’t going to do, and man, I feel good!” And there’s power to that.

What’s your goal?  Whether it’s exercise or something related to the brain in your head. Do the freakin’ work! We know how this goes.

Until next week, I’m Michelle Cederberg, helping you transform your work and your life, one goal crushing idea at a time. And the reward I get for getting off my ass and getting outdoors is fresh air, a great view, and the chance to connect with you in a fun and different way. WIN!


Michelle Cederberg, CSP, MKin, BA Psyc

Empowering today’s dreamers, leaders and go-getters to create the life and career they want.


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