365 Challenge: Day 165 – Push

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Push: to exert force on (someone or something), typically with one’s hand, in order to move them away from oneself or the origin of the force

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You will always encounter a roadblock or a deadline where you need to simply push through until you find a solution or achieve the goal. Sometimes it’s easy, but it can also be difficult. Maybe you have the pressure being forced upon you by someone else, or perhaps you’ve given yourself a deadline to get something done. Knowing your limits is key to success. But failing to see your potential might prevent you from reaching it more than you know. There is time to push yourself even if it feels scary.

Today’s 365 Daily Challenge word is meant to turn your world upside down a little. Have you ever thought to yourself that you can only get so much done in a specific period of time? Or scheduled a goal that is realistic and reasonable, yet feels like it’s not enough? When I assigned myself the deadline to finish writing a first draft of my second book, Father Figure, I assumed 3 chapters per week could be written and edited. When I did the math, I ended up with a 9/30 deadline. Then I scheduled a vacation from 9/17 thru 10/1, which meant that completing Father Figure needed a new deadline. Scary thoughts.

But I told myself I could push through it and complete the first draft by 9/16, then let it sit for two weeks while I was away. Both the novel and I needed some time to relax, find our heart and prepare for a vicious round of editing. So I upped it to 4 chapters per week and re-set the deadline to 9/16. I got this. I’m good under pressure. For some reason, I felt the need to push myself a little harder. I love these characters. I breathe the air that they breathe right now. And I wanted to spend more time with them. Push. Push. Push. Through it, I kept motivating myself.

As you’re aware from last Friday’s status update, I decided to give myself a goal to finish 6 chapters this week and next week so that I could be done writing a first draft by 9/1, and then spend the first half of September editing it. I finished 6 chapters today at 12 noon, meaning I met the deadline I had doubled in half the time I’d planned. And then I said…. go for it. I pushed harder and wrote another chapter this afternoon, leaving me only 5 more to go before I can say it’s done. If I were a betting man, which I am known to be, I think I’m capable of pushing myself to write those 5 chapters tomorrow and Friday so that I have a first draft of the whole book by the end of this week, leaving me 3 full weeks to edit before I leave on vacation.

No, I am not bragging. I promise you. I have no idea how the quality is despite my faith in the quantity I am capable of delivering. But there is a great lesson here… sometimes it’s okay to push yourself. When you push yourself, you learn how far your boundaries can truly be tested. This doesn’t apply for all situations, all people and all times. But when you have a passion and a goal, and you can skim a few minutes off of all the things that steal your time away, imagine the capabilities you can unlock within yourself. I couldn’t keep up this pressure 24/7 every day of every year. But when things line up in the right way, we are all capable of pushing ourselves towards a safe and secure path.

It’s your life to choose what you want to do or how you want to live it. When you push through a little bit of pain and worry, sometimes you find the gold at the end of your own rainbow. I’m keeping this post shorter than usual today because I’m pushing towards my goal to complete this novel by the weekend. If at any point I feel the quality is truly suffering or I’m in any sort of pain (physical or emotional), I’ll back down. But if I can do this in an environment where I have friends and family to catch me if I fall, then it’s all the more reason to give myself the push I didn’t know I needed. That I didn’t know I deserved. Thank you to everyone for believing in me. I appreciate you.

A push to help a friend, or shove to knock him down? You decide!

Now it’s my turn to believe in you. What can you do to push yourself in the next few days towards achieving one of your goals — in a safe and secure environment — to see how strong you really are? I have confidence. So should you. Let it roll…

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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58 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 165 – Push

    declutteringmylifeweb said:
    August 24, 2017 at 2:59 AM

    Sometimes I really have to push myself into action. It is so strange when the different parts of my brain are optimising my possibilities and finally make a decision.

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    cedricramey said:
    August 24, 2017 at 3:00 AM

    Cool post

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    melaniemolewriter said:
    August 24, 2017 at 4:31 AM

    Good for you Jay! 🙂

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    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    August 24, 2017 at 7:20 AM

    Your drive is admirable! That is why you are at success at everything you do. Great job! Keep going!

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    coffeelovingbookoholic said:
    August 24, 2017 at 8:30 AM

    great post jay and congrats on the progress! you can do it! we believe in you 🙂
    also, thanks for the luke and my favorite penguin gif! 😀

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    Nel said:
    August 24, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Good luck today! I’m pushing myself to stay warm cause it’s unseasonably cold today. 😉

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 24, 2017 at 3:08 PM

      How cold is it? And thanks. 3 chapters done today. I’m wiped.

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        Nel said:
        August 24, 2017 at 3:14 PM

        Its a little above 60 degrees and its slated to be in the 50s tomorrow. I’m not ready 😦

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        August 24, 2017 at 3:14 PM

        love it!!!!!! sorry. send it here.

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        Nel said:
        August 24, 2017 at 3:14 PM

        Haha you can take it. I’m a freeze baby!

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    scr4pl80 said:
    August 24, 2017 at 2:13 PM

    Good for you! Sometimes I think I need to push myself away from reading everyones blog and then I come across one like this with such good motivation that I feel it’s worth it to keep reading! Thanks.

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    RobbyeFaye said:
    August 24, 2017 at 3:39 PM

    Wow! Way to crush it! I am impressed, I know writing is a tough and grueling task. Congrats!
    Great post.
    I love the penguin gif. LOL!!!
    Before I read your post, I had already pushed myself to do something I had needed to do and knew it had to be done, but greatly dreaded it. Without going into a lot of detail, I will just say it was a monumental task, mainly of the physical kind. I have a lot of trouble with some physical activities due to all the problems I had earlier this year. However, I am now at about the 85 per cent mark and can’t push anymore!!! So, I’m taking a blog reading break and then will push through the rest! Your blog gives me a great incentive to finish, too!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 24, 2017 at 5:54 PM

      Congratulations on your achievement. You should be proud. Quite awesome! And thank you.

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        RobbyeFaye said:
        August 24, 2017 at 8:04 PM

        Thank you! I am now totally worn out!!
        You are welcome!
        Have a great evening.

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    BrizzleLass said:
    August 24, 2017 at 4:38 PM

    This post is awesome! You have wowed and amazed me with your grit and determination to keep pushing through. I’m honoured to call you a friend and will be proud to buy your books! 😊

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 24, 2017 at 5:53 PM

      Thank you. I really am grateful for friends like you. Thank you.

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    zumpoems said:
    August 24, 2017 at 5:45 PM

    Great post. Persistence and/or pushing through — that is a foundation for success!

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    Run Wright said:
    August 24, 2017 at 8:12 PM

    Great job with meeting your goals.

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    mainepaperpusher said:
    August 24, 2017 at 8:15 PM

    Now that is dedication! Vacation, huh? I know Ryder is mad because you aren’t taking him with you, but will he be taking over your blog while you are gone? He’s got a couple of posts under his belt and I think he’s ready! 🐾 ❤️ 🐾

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 24, 2017 at 9:41 PM

      I know. Maybe we should get all our pups together to run the blogs for us! Thank you. How’s the situation by you? Give them both super pets and hugs from us!!!

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        mainepaperpusher said:
        August 25, 2017 at 12:30 AM

        Haha, we should! I know a number of people who have guest dog blogs. We should set aside a day and do it all at once. We could reference all of the blogs participating at the tail end of each of our posts. See? This is what you do to me. You get me thinking about all of these silly ideas…and then you go on vacation! 🤗 😘 🐾

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        August 25, 2017 at 7:45 AM

        I’m awful! Maybe it will get me so relaxed tho I come back with full force and write all the blogs!

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        mainepaperpusher said:
        August 26, 2017 at 1:43 AM

        Oh 😦 Ok No Ryder posts while you are gone?? Oh Ah, I mean “have a great vacation!” Hehe, couldn’t resist! ❤️ 🐾

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        August 26, 2017 at 7:34 AM

        hah! I’m not sure yet. I hope to have the energy to get a lot done in advance, but with so much in the air right now, we shall see!

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        mainepaperpusher said:
        August 27, 2017 at 12:22 AM

        You mean Ryder doesn’t do his posts himself? YOU HELP HIM?!! The scales have fallen from my eyes.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        August 27, 2017 at 7:44 AM

        He does. I proofread!!!

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        mainepaperpusher said:
        August 28, 2017 at 2:18 AM

        Thank goodness, you had me worried for a while there.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        August 27, 2017 at 7:44 AM

        scales?

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        August 27, 2017 at 4:40 PM

        thanks for educating me today!

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        mainepaperpusher said:
        August 28, 2017 at 2:20 AM

        Sure! I think the first time I ever read that phrase it was uttered by Lord Peter Wimsey. I’ve always been a Dorothy Sayers fan.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        August 28, 2017 at 8:05 AM

        Yes! I need to read more. I only have two under my belt. But a professor I had loved her… we’d talk for hours about mysteries and classics.

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        mainepaperpusher said:
        August 28, 2017 at 4:27 PM

        Many years ago, I read the entire Wimsey series in order. I was crushed when I finished the last one.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        August 27, 2017 at 4:40 PM

        interesting idiom!

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    themaximoblog said:
    August 25, 2017 at 6:56 AM

    As Robert Browning once said – ‘Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a Heaven for?’ Great post! 🙂

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    August 25, 2017 at 1:23 PM

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    janieleeds said:
    August 25, 2017 at 2:45 PM

    Keep up the great work Jay! Congrats!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 25, 2017 at 2:46 PM

      Thank you very much. Have a great weekend.

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        janieleeds said:
        August 25, 2017 at 2:47 PM

        You too! 🙂 And be good to the pup! LOL Otherwise we’ll get another tail from Ryder on Monday. Oh lame pun, I know. I couldn’t help myself.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        August 25, 2017 at 2:48 PM

        haha, but funny, it’s ok! 🙂 i have a feeling he will have a few things to say. he does have a rather talkative side.

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        janieleeds said:
        August 25, 2017 at 2:52 PM

        He’s got an adorable personality! I like those posts!

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    Valerie @ Valerie's Musings said:
    August 26, 2017 at 9:40 AM

    What a great post, Jay! Keep up the great work! 🙂 And thanks for the reminder that some days it’s good to push ourselves when we have people we love to fall back on if it doesn’t work. 🙂

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    tylerus said:
    August 27, 2017 at 1:13 PM

    Just wanted to say how much I enjoy reading your posts. Keep at it. Your drive/ambition is awesome (and inspiring). Cheers to you!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 27, 2017 at 4:44 PM

      Wow, thank you very much. I appreciate the compliment. I do try, some days it’s easy, other’s I am not sure my brain was working properly. But it’s all about pushing yourself a bit more each day.

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    Rae Longest said:
    August 31, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Pushing yourself is ok as long as you are pushing INTO the obstacle (like the little man in your title) fully braced and gently putting your whole body into it. However pushing incorrectly will cause you to snap in two.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 31, 2017 at 4:24 PM

      That is a brilliant response. Connecting it with the post’s main picture, good feedback.

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