That four-letter word is so simple, and yet, holds such deep meaning.

I was taking a spin class on an early Sunday morning (the last thing I wanted to do was get out of my cozy bed and exercise) and as I was waiting for my coffee to kick in, the instructor kept yelling “PUSH!” I would try to tune her out but whenever we had to add resistance or speed onto the bike, her “PUSH” became harder to ignore.

Reluctantly, I continued to tackle the hills and sprints for an hour. When the class was over, I was so grateful and as I crawled away from the gym, I was filled with a sense of pride and accomplishment. It’s a small victory but a large reminder that a little discomfort goes a long way.

There also have been many times in my life when I have ignored the call to “PUSH” and walked away with negative results and feelings. Taking the easy way out may have created instant gratification, however, the long-term effects were far more detrimental to my self-esteem.

This powerful word motivated me to work hard and make it through the class. It also challenged me beyond what I thought were my physical limitations. This experience brought back memories of when I was in labor with each of my two my boys. “PUSH!” was commonly used by the nurses and felt scary and daunting. I was convinced I wouldn’t be able to tolerate the pain and physical exertion. However, many hours later, I pushed out a beautiful, healthy boy. Ultimately, without the ability to push, labor would have intensified, and childbirth would have been a horrible experience.

Fear of pushing yourself past boundaries can be paralyzing while putting your self-worth at risk. During each stage of my schooling, feelings of fulfillment and success would always trail feelings of fear and insecurity. This was an area in my life that required constant reminders to push while overcoming obstacles and self-doubt.

Presently, when I write, I still need to remind myself to “PUSH” away any negative thoughts and continue with my goals. I am driving myself to an action (spinning, studying or writing) that will eventually provide me with a greater sense of self. “What doesn’t challenge you won’t change you” is a familiar adage and a mantra that I reflect upon when I am tested.

Here’s the love…

When you decide to PUSH…Personal Unlimited Strength Happens!



Jules With Love small