Humps

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Anything hard in life has “humps.”

Humps are those times when the task feels extra challenging. You’re going uphill and you know it.

It might be that difficult moment in a conversation, the extra “oomph” to get started on a project, or an unexpected obstacle on the way to reaching a goal.

Whatever it is, humps can to stop us in our tracks, or keep us from starting in the first place.

So here’s what to do with humps:

1. Accept them – Life is hard, and humps go with the territory. There’s no use ignoring them or pretending they’ll go away.

2. Expect them – Go into the task knowing that there will be challenges. Gear up and be okay with their inevitable arrival.

3. Ask for help – You don’t have to face humps alone. Ask God and others for help to get over them.

4. Give yourself grace – It’s okay to walk up humps. Sprinting 24/7 is a surefire way to burn out. Go easy on yourself and you’re more likely to keep moving.

Bonus: Once you reach the top of a hump, you get to go downhill for a bit – whee! Nothing like a little momentum to send you on your way.

What do you do when you encounter humps? Do you accept them, expect them, ask for help, and give yourself grace?

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Author: Dave Mierau (Meer-oh)

Christ follower, family man, lifelong learner.

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