Most of the time, living the life you want isn’t easy. I know…I’ve let the cat out of the bag. And I’m sure life coaches everywhere are wagging their fingers at me right now.

But here’s the thing…dreams are uncomfortable. Because in order to achieve them, we need to go out of our comfort zone. We need to go to that country we’ve never been to, or write that book, or run that first mile that will then lead to a marathon. And that stuff…isn’t easy. And it probably won’t feel easy the whole time. It’ll be one challenge after the other, tempting you to quit. To stop. You didn’t really want it that bad anyway, right?

Before I left on my trip, I talked to a numerologist. I had never done anything like that before and was curious, and what he told me blew my mind. But one of the messages was that in order to achieve what I was meant to achieve in this lifetime, I’m going to need to work on structure and discipline.

On a cerebral level, I’ve known this for awhile. But on this trip, it’s become so much more clear to me. It seems that EVERY message I’m learning, EVERY challenge I’m facing, is someway related to this idea.

Everything that feels hard is tempting me to go home, and to be honest, I’ve very seriously considered it at least ten times. And I keep looking for excuses as to why I have to go home. Leaving myself an out. A Plan B. And every little thing that goes wrong is another pebble for me to add into the “why I should go home” bag.

But I came on this trip for a reason. Because I felt called to do it. Because it just felt right, in my heart. Because there was something I knew I wanted to learn and grow with, even though I’m still not exactly sure what that is, in specifics, right now. Because I knew that being on this trip was going to take me one step closer to the person I know I want to be and the person I know I am deep down.

Growth ain’t easy. But it’s a pain worth more than it hurts.

We never quite know how anything is going to turn out. We don’t know WHY we have to run that marathon or go on that trip or check out that new restaurant down the street or move to that new city or leave it all behind. There is no way to know ahead of time why we are called to do certain things. But in looking back, everything makes sense. Every step is a new commitment to the dream.

Today, again, I decided not to go home. Not to give up, on me, on this trip, on my dog, on growth. I’m re-committing, in every moment. Because that’s what needs to happen in order to get anything that’s worth having.

And so I’m here as a friend and partner, cheering you on for whatever it is YOU’RE wanting (and wanting to give up on). To run beside you on that extra mile. Or jump up and down when you buy that plane ticket. Because you can do it. And so can I. Don’t give up. Don’t go home. Don’t quit.

And if you don’t believe me, listen to these guys. Sesame Street doesn’t lie.

See you on the road.

What challenges have you been facing lately? In what ways are you still committing? Leave a comment below and let me know so I can show up and hover over your shoulder as you hit “send” for that payment of your plane ticket.