Why You Need Childlike Persistence to Change the World

Have you ever been so exhausted that you just gave up on a goal or dream? Have you ever faced challenges so daunting that you just quit? You don’t look back on that time with fondness, do you?

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That’s because you know deep down inside that the moment when the exhaustion was at its peak, your goal or dream was within reach. When you let the fatigue become an excuse to give up, you give in to the enemy of your dreams. Call it Resistance. Call it the devil. Call it fear. Whatever it is, when you give in to fatigue, you give up on greatness.

Last week, in episode 25, I talked about how to beat fatigue. Exercise, supplements, fresh air, hydration, etc. I shared 11 tips and don’t get me wrong, they are all valid or I wouldn’t have shared them. But there is more to the story than just those.

Sometimes fatigue is nothing more than an obstacle that you have to fight through and that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

11 Ways to Fight Fatigue and Push Your Limits

It’s that time of year for many of us. We’re trying to hit our year end goals, it’s cold and flu season, the days are darker and colder, and for people like my retail clients and me, it’s just plain busy. So how do you push yourself and not suffer the consequences? I share exactly how to do that in today’s episode.

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I pushed myself to the brink of disaster.

I woke up Christmas morning exhausted, sick, and fifteen pounds heavier than I was two months before. I was at the tail end of a seven-week marathon of ninety-hour workweeks and my body and mind were paying the price.

By Christmas morning, I was mentally and physically fatigued. I had a horrible cold that lasted far too long, and my pants didn’t fit very well. I was an absolute mess.

Sometimes you have to push. That is a fact of life. There are times that call for extra effort, extra focus, and extra hours. But when you do, it doesn’t mean that your body has to end up in shambles.

Today I share 11 things I learned during that rough time and what I am doing differently now.

6 Familiar Signs of Fatigue and What to do About Them

Have you ever pushed yourself to the brink of disaster?

You’ve worked so hard for so long. Fatigue takes over. Sickness ensues.

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I’ve been there. I remember it like it was yesterday.

Fourth Quarter

I woke up Christmas morning 2012 completely exhausted. I felt sick, I’d gained fifteen pounds in less than two months and I didn’t want to get out of bed…ever. Was this really how I was supposed to feel on Christmas morning? Our daughter’s second Christmas…she was so excited…and I was a mess.

For the previous seven weeks, I strung together a series of 10 to 12-hour days. Day after day, with (thankfully) only Sundays off. I was now at the end of this nightmare stretch and my mind and body had paid the price.

WARNING: Do You Recognize These 7 Symptoms of Sitting too Much?

My head was throbbing, my back ached, and my stomach was incredibly angry at me.

And that was just day three. Not of an illness or a trip in a spacecraft to the outer reaches of the galaxy.

It was day three of an inadvertent experiment I performed on myself. I spent five days sitting at work all day rather than standing as I normally do. In only five days, I discovered 7 symptoms of sitting too much. They are short-term, potentially long lasting, and they were killing my productivity.

Symptoms of Sitting too Much
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I’m literally dancing in place as I write this.

Seriously, I am listening to a techno music mix (it helps me to concentrate when I write) and I am constantly moving. All because I am not sitting.

Exhaustion

Have you ever been so exhausted that you just gave up on a goal or dream?

I have.

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If you have, you don’t look back on that time with fondness, do you?

That’s because you know deep down inside that the moment when the exhaustion was at its peak, your goal or dream was within reach. When you let the fatigue become an excuse to give up, you give in to the enemy of your dreams. Call it Resistance. Call it the devil. Call it fear. Whatever it is, when you give in to fatigue, you give up on greatness.

Like a Child

I wrote about this before in a post entitled Childlike Persistence. Young children don’t know how to give up. It’s not in us from birth. If it were, we would never walk, because learning to walk is hard. It’s exhausting. It’s painful. We fail at it thousands of times before we succeed.

As an adult, how many times do you allow yourself to fail thousands of times before you succeed?

You know the story of Thomas Edison…he failed thousands of times before finally inventing the light bulb. It’s a cute story, but do you apply it to your life?