Just the Right Amount of Pressure

When I initially think about pressure I think of it as not necessarily a positive thing.  I initially associate it with the feeling of external forces imposing pressure on me to do things that I don’t want to do, like homework for instance, to learn about things that I’m not interested in.  I’m not a fan of that kind of pressure. 

But what I’ve been realizing lately, is that having no pressure at all in life can be not so good either.  Having zero pressure can be nice for periods of time, but after awhile it can create this kind of ‘lost’ feeling where you’re just kind of floating with no direction.  I’m not a fan of this feeling either. 

I feel like there are two factors that make pressure a positive thing. 

The first is that it is self-initiated pressure.  That is, this pressure is created through your own desires to make a commitment to create something meaningful in your life, and then take action which is outside of your comfort zone to make it happen.  This requires essentially pushing yourself through your own will to grow and contribute more to the world through your process.  This kind of pressure can create a deep sense of fulfillment. 

The second factor that makes pressure positive is that it is just the right amount.  If we push ourselves too hard we can just shut down, or get sick, or a number of other things.  If we don’t create enough pressure, or give ourselves enough of a push, we have that feeling of incompleteness inside of us, where our inner voice is telling us that in truth we really could do just a little more. 

It’s this balance of finding just the right amount of self-initiated pressure that can make us really come alive and shine in the world.

I’ve been reflecting on this because I’ve decided to give myself a self initiated push to go deeper into what I have to share.  I just committed to become a certified life coach and I’m extremely excited about it.   I’m diving deep to explore what I’m capable of, and I know it’s going to be a hell of a fun ride.  I look forward to sharing more about this journey as I’m learning. 

Now it’s your turn!  I’d love to know your thoughts on pressure!  Are there some factors that you perceive make pressure positive or negative that you’d like to add.  Can you relate to feeling the benefit of having just the right amount of pressure in your life?  Your thoughts and comments may be just what someone is needing to hear right now, and I so appreciate reading them! 

With lots of love and excitement for courageous creativity,

Jodi - my name

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