We all want to succeed but there always seem to be barriers that hold us back. While a lot of these barriers are legitimate, we also let our self-imposed barriers stop us from achieving our goals.

Today I did something that I had determined was too hard for me to do. Yes, you will not guess it but I uprooted a tree stump by myself. I spent the afternoon with my mattock, axe and spade digging, cutting, chopping and shovelling and finally got the stump out. Halfway through the process, I was ready to quit and even called the tree lopper. Unfortunately, I learnt that the guy is now retired and even the other person he referred me to did not pick up the phone. I have this stump out by Monday as there are other renovations waiting on having this done so I had no choice but to persist and finish what I started. I was sweating so profusely and my muscles were aching but I had to keep going till the last root was severed and the stump caved in.

Accomplishing this seemingly impossible task has done a lot more for my confidence than I can articulate. I forced myself to push past the perceived barrier that I am not handy. I watched some YouTube videos to learn the process, then I executed the project until it was done. I wonder what else I have been blocking off that I can take on.

Off late, I have been forcing myself to do difficult things as a way to face my fears and train myself to execute on all my goals. The funny thing is how things compound. A month ago, I started going to the gym and pushing myself really hard. Because of this, my fitness has improved and as a result, I was able to take a relatively physically demanding project without puffing out.

This experience has cemented a few learnings. Force yourself to do one “hard thing” every day if possible. You’ll be amazed how much of your limiting believes this will break. Set deadlines for the things you want to achieve. If I did not set a deadline for this project, I would not have exerted myself that hard. You are more capable than you think. You will be amazed by the compounding effects of small accomplishments.

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