The Juice Ain't Worth the Squeeze

Sep 5, 2020

Take a Chill Pill

This isn’t the type of post you’re accustomed to.

It wasn’t planned, in fact, I was halfway through completing my intended one.

What started as an inspiration and outlet to communicate my thoughts on a regular basis almost three months ago has grown to be something much bigger.

It’s now become a weekly deadline, a job, almost. Completing each post and accompanying newsletter with the aim to outdo last week’s performance.

On top of that, I’ve been working long hours working alongside my Developer to finish the website and set up this business in preparation for going live with the blog.

And last week, motivation to improve my diet and fitness has taken the spotlight; this week commencing double daily workouts and a clean diet.

Too much? Oh yeah.

When I’m 100% committed and set out to do something, I’m tenacious and driven. There’s only one speed for me and that’s flat out.

Before this blog, there would be days I’d spend the whole day in bed watching YouTube, but now I regularly keep my eye on the clock to ensure I don’t go over time with my tasks.

However, in the grand scheme of things, none of this extracurricular stuff matters.

I don’t need to submit a blog post every week, I don’t need to hurry to complete this website and I certainly don’t need to be doing double daily workouts in the first week “easing” back into fitness.

My problem was that I confused working hard with trying to change too many habits at once.

I’m stubborn and wanted to prove them wrong by showing it can be done.

When you watch motivational videos, understand individuals are focusing on one thing and becoming great at that.

Artists and athletes focus on their craft, business people on their business. Everything else in their life is pretty much dialled in or routine so they can harness their energy towards one thing.

The deadlines you impose on yourself, challenges you set out to conquer, failures you interpret - none of that really matters so long as you realise and have the mindset that no matter what happens, “I will be okay.”

Tomorrow is a new day and reflecting on your past hurdles or mistakes - even your biggest one, recognise you’re still here today to tell the tale and a better person from that experience.

We all have things we want to change in our lives. But so long as you master the science of achievement and the art of fulfilment, you’ll have an extraordinary life.

It’s easy to become tunnel-visioned when setting out to achieve something.

Be driven, pursue your passion, but don’t let it affect your balance of life.

When something consumes you to the point it affects your health, relationships, and interpretation of a “normal” life, take a step back and ask yourself, “Is the juice worth the squeeze?”, because continuing on your path will have its consequences and most of the time just ain’t worth it.

And taking a step back, changing your approach, or calling it quits altogether is not a failure in life. Sometimes you’ve taken the wrong path, tried to push a cart with square wheels.

If you’re afraid of failure, re-define what it means to you. Don’t base failure on the outcome. You’ve achieved something and learnt from the process.

Thomas Edison “failed” thousands of times before creating the lightbulb. Did any of those failures stop him?

Ultimate failure is giving up, or not even trying, and if that limiting belief is preventing you from pursuing or persisting with something, changing that one small thing will enable you to reach greatness in whatever you set out to achieve.


Your experience of life is controlled by one thing - your mind. Not only does it apply to how you interpret the world, but how you live it and what you pay attention to.

We all need challenges in our lives, and whilst not always welcome, they define who we are - to others, but more importantly ourselves.

With the right mindset, you can conquer anything life throws at you.

How you deal with it is up to you. You have that choice.

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