An approach I’ve taken to some things in life has been to just get through it. Especially when it comes to some of the work I’ve done.
I don’t really want to do this, but I have to. I just have to get through it.
I worked in a position for over a year where I found myself having this same self-talk every single day.
Just get through it.
It was an awful battle that wore me down physically, emotionally, and even spiritually.
Feeling like what I was giving myself to every day, the energy I was spending in that building and doing those tasks, just didn’t add up to what I considered “worth it.”
Have you ever been there? Have you ever heard yourself saying too many times in a row, “Just get through it”?
Sometimes we really do need to suck it up, tighten our belts, and just get through it. Reality calls for that every once in a while.
But I’ve begun to realize something I hadn’t before.
There is a difference between getting through something and seeing something through.
The first points to a task with no choice, while the second highlights a desire.
When you hear someone say, “I’ve got to see this through,” it’s usually said with gusto, with umph, with a desire to really finish the thing. It comes from the gut, from the place of commitment and passion. A stark contrast to the feeling I had for a long time in my previous job.
If the majority of things in your life right now make you say to yourself, “I’ve just got to get through this”, then maybe it’s time to recalibrate and step back. What are you really doing? Is it worth it?
The answer might be yes. But if you’re going to get through it, then it better be.
If not, then you may want to ask yourself something like this: What would it take to change my situation from “I’ve just got to get through it” to “I want to see it through?”
It’s good to know the difference.
Having purpose, giving your energy to what’s really worth it, and being alive is worth working for.