With all the graduation pictures popping up in my timeline and the Solstice happening on the same day as Father's Day last Sunday, there's no doubt we are officially in Summer - and half way through the year, if you can believe it?!

As I mentioned many times before, we are individually and collectively in the midst of huge transformation, a process which is not always easy or fun, and comes with a lot of confusion and mess. Just like when you’re renovating a house, there’s always some method to the madness and the project is eventually complete - but not without some heartache and tears along the way.

And know that as the demolition is taking place you gotta cart out all the old crap! So at least for me, and a lot of my friends and clients, it seems like we’re cleaning out a lot of psychological or emotional crap right now and it doesn’t feel too good, or like we should be through with it already....But we must trust that whatever is coming up now is part of a larger journey leading us into a new and improved upgrade of ourselves and the world.

We are each being called on to do some inner healing and wake up to our own power and creativity to manifest a better version than what we had before on this next leg of the marathon.

But like running any race, no one can run it for you - it’s ultimately up to each one of us - and that can feel a bit lonely sometimes, so do your best to stay strong and reach out for support when you need it from positive resources - a good friend or coach or mentor or even YouTube video - where you can receive empathy, guidance and/or inspiration if you are open to receive it. So hang in there, and above all just put one foot in front of the other and take one DEEP BREATH at a time ;)

Today's essay reflects these themes and the PGG Video of the Week reminds you to know who you are and find stability in yourself. This week's Instagram post reminds you to not compare yourself to others.

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Going the Distance
Originally published November 9, 2010

The American poet and educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said “Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.”

A marathon like the famous one in NYC is a fantastic metaphor for life and how to accomplish what you want. It begins with a commitment, after which you must prepare and discipline yourself with dedication and enthusiasm. You must travel lean — lighten your load of physical, mental and/or emotional baggage along the way. There will be moments where you feel you can’t go on, but someone, even a complete stranger, will say or do something that will spur and cheer you on. You must have faith in yourself and know there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel.

I have a client who, after being laid off from his corporate job, realized he wanted to have his own business to be more in control his future. With a deep belief in himself and a lot of trial and error, blood, sweat and tears, a year and a half later he is now a top national producer. He keeps his eye on the prize, paces himself, and with stamina and persistence is able to get the job done (and continued group coaching to stay on track, stay balanced and gain support!).

Even with the uncertainty that owning a business brings, he is infinitely happier than when he was working 9–5 with a steady paycheck. Because he knew what he wanted, made the internal decision, and took the necessary external steps, he now reaps the immediate and tangible results of his efforts.

Whether a tortoise or a hare, slow and steady generally wins the race, no matter how long it takes. As long as you start and finish it there is satisfaction because the journey is just as significant, if not more so, than the goal. The important thing is not to compare yourself to others — because we are all at different places in this marathon called life; you need to know your personal best in whatever area you are focusing on.

No one can run that race for you, but whether beginner or pro, give me a buzz and I’ll be a super-coach to get you to the finish line via the most direct and satisfying route, guiding, cheering and providing some motivational Gatorade every step of the way!

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