Wow.  We women are overworked, aren’t we?

If I had the “overworked and exhausted” conversation once, I had it 15 times last week with all sorts of friends in all walks of life.  Seems this phenomenon is not just limited to me. Which,is good to know. (Heh! I’m not crazy!)

It is so easy just to give in to exhaustion, isn’t it?  To let the world whip you into submission and leave you there for dead. Friends, Don’t you dare. It is in that very moment of exhaustion that you need to make the decision if you will be victorious or defeated.  It is in that moment when you define your spirit.

I know this from experience, of course.  I haven’t always won the battles but I have never admitted defeat.  When my life gets overwhelming and my  to-do list looks more like a novel than a Post-it note, I dig in deep and stand my ground.

It reminds me of marathon training.  Months of scheduling and training.  Looking at the calendar and the mileage and thinking, “There is no way I will be able to do an 18 mile training run. No way!”  And yet, I did.  One step at a time. Literally.

The last marathon I ran had me plodding away for 3 1/2 hours in the rain.  We had less than an hour’s worth of sunlight.  Then my knees gave out at mile 23.  Both of them. At the same time.  But I kept going.  I was determined to stand my ground. And I got that medal, dammit!

You are probably shaking your head right now, aren’t you?  Thinking you can’t relate? Don’t get the wrong impression, I’m no different than any other overworked person out there.  I just didn’t give up. I gave the extra effort, even when I didn’t want to because I had a goal.

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”Harriet Beecher Stowe, writer

If you need a little extra encouragement, I strongly suggest you take a moment to watch the 212 – The Extra Degree video.  One extra degree of effort can make all the difference in your world.  Be it your business, your relationships or your blog.  I dare you to come away from viewing this video unmotivated!

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