Can You Push Through?

At some point in your life, you will realize that it’s time to start pushing.

You will realize that your dreams are just on the other side of your fear and trepidation and insecurity and all of that gunk that you really don’t want to deal with and just wish would go away. At some point in your life, you will have had enough. You will stare all of these barriers straight in the face and with more determination than you have ever felt, you will break through them one by one.

  • Insecurity – gone.
  • Fear – gone.
  • Anxiety – gone.
  • Hesitation – gone.
  • Uncertainty – gone.
  • Self doubt – gone.
  • Inner critic – gone.

And when you do this, every single thing that stood between you and your dreams will dissolve, disappear, vanish. And you will have broken through. You will have pushed through. You will be on the other side of all of this crap that has kept you down for so long.

And it will feel amazing! In that moment, you should definitely celebrate this feeling – this victory. You know why? Because you are in the minority of people who are brave enough to get here. It can be scary to face our fears and insecurities head on – to know that there is so much more on the other side of them – to consciously push through them because we know that our dreams are waiting for us. To realize that the only thing that stood between you reaching your dreams was you.

So take it in. Give yourself some love. And then get ready to soar.

Because guess what?

Once you break through the walls, it is just you and your dreams. Nothing stands between you. Everything that you have ever wanted is just a breath away. And this is wonderful. But because we’ve never felt this before, it may also feel uncomfortable – even scary. We may cower and worry that we aren’t ready. And we may start to create new barriers to keep us safe and keep us comfortable. And this is okay. This is even normal.

Because now you know how to break through. Now you are no longer okay with living without your dreams. You are no longer okay with living a half-lived life. And because of this, you are certain that you will continue to push through and dissolve any barrier that comes between you and your dream – the life you were born to live.

You now know that you are strong enough to do this – strong enough and worthy enough to want this. And strong enough to do something about it. No matter what comes up – no matter what happens – you will keep pushing through.

You were born to live fully. You were born to reach your dreams. And that is exactly what you will do.


I just pushed through my own barriers this week and finished the first draft of my book, Coming Back to Life: How An Unlikely Friend Helped Me Reconnect with My Soul! I have been writing it for the past year, and in the process, all of my fear buttons have definitely been pushed.

This book isn’t just a piece of my heart – it is my heart. And that is what I give to you. If you would like to learn more about it and sign up to receive updates about the publication date, please click here. Thank you so much for your love and support!


Please leave a comment and share how your life changed when you pushed through your own fears. Or are you like me and in the midst of pushing now? Please share this post on Twitter and Facebook, too! Let’s get this conversation going! :)



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Can You Push Through? — 25 Comments

  1. i LOVE this quote + it’s just what i needed to hear to begin my day!
    today i’m actually giving a workshop about living fully ~ + my own soul needed your quote. thank you for this nourishment! xox

  2. Jodi, it’s as though you have reached deep within my soul and turned on a light. Today’s post was so spot on. Thank you Jodi. I really needed this.
    You’re so beautiful!! Always stay you girl;)
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  3. Congratulations on your book, Jodi!! That’s such an amazing accomplishment and kudos to you for pushing through to the other side!

    I’m in the midst of pushing through my fears as well; I just started writing my first eBook and already have two chapters done! It feels incredible to break through the layers insulating my brilliance and letting my fire burn as brightly as it longs to.

    I also believe it takes great strength and courage to push back, but it’s so worth it in the end. Only the bold realise every dream and a life half-lived isn’t really lived at all, is it? So thank you for sharing your story, and reminding us that everything we want IS on the other side, and WE CAN push through if we so desire.
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  4. Perfect Jodi, just perfect. It’s funny, for those of us who practice this type of belief and knowledge on a regular basis, some of us even earn a living coaching and supporting others in various ways . . . still, it’s good to hear or see a reminder from someone else. The second book in my children’s series (Sink or Swim) was written to give both parents and children a new set of tools to move through childhood fears; a different way to hold it, saying much of what you said in your post, but for children. My goal is to give children this type of learning from day ONE, when it’s easiest to make this belief system a part of who they are, so they don’t have to ‘unlearn’ all the negative beliefs that we battle on a daily basis! How different life might have been :-) Thanks for the great post

    • Hi Patricia,
      Thank you for your kind words!
      I absolutely love that your book helps kids create a belief system right from the start that’s empowering and positive. How wonderful is that?
      And you’re right that we all could use gentle reminders now and then. We’re all in this together on such similar journeys, and I love when we can help each other along the way. :)
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  5. Hi Jodi,
    I *love* the reflections in this, thank you!
    What I learned about myself is the idea of ‘pushing through’ didn’t feel right within my practice of unfolding…so when I came to a personal wall, I would just stop, thinking I didn’t wish to “push”. When I chose to explore a bit, I found that for me a gentle stretching through my self-imposed limitations, much like my work on the yoga mat, allowed me to experience expansion in a way that resonated.

    I love the certainty in this affirmation: “You were born to live fully. You were born to reach your dreams.”…very inspiring and encouraging reflection :)

    • Thank you so much, Joy!
      I love that you offer another perspective – exploring and stretching through rather than pushing. It’s funny that you mentioned this because as I was writing, I had that little voice in the back of my mind wondering if pushing was what I really needed to do – did that go against the flow and simply allow things to unfold naturally?
      And then I realized that I need to take action and push right now in this moment. And maybe in the future, allowing things to unfold and looking at them from another perspective may be just what I need then.
      For me, pushing is about telling my fears and limitations that they’ve been in charge for long enough. It’s now time for my soul to take the lead, and I’m so excited to see where this goes!
      Thanks for a great comment! Hugs!
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    • Thanks so much, Cathy!
      You’re so right that oftentimes we give up when the fear gets to be too much and too scary. But usually we’ve made the fear to be so much greater than it really is, and when we start pushing through it we see that it wasn’t that big at all. And we always feel so much better when we’re on the other side of it. :)
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  7. Jodi. You’re amazing and brave and, YOU DID IT You leaned into faith and pushed through. And now, lucky us, we will be able to soon hold that beautiful, tangible bit of your heart in our hands. I’m so happy for you. And inspired. And proud.

    Sending tons and tons of love your way. Thank you for allowing us to be witnesses to your precious unfolding.
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    • Thank you, Julia!!!
      Your love and support means the world to me! Thank you for being on this journey with me. I am so inspired of you and proud of you. We are both walking the walk and pushing through! Love, love, love!!!
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  8. I love what I’m reading. Even now, at 56 years of age, I still struggle with pushing through. You really are an inspiration to us because you have been able to do it. It does take a lot of courage and a willingness to just let the fear go. The barrier can be so strong, yet it’s not made of wood or concrete…it’s simply made of limiting thoughts that exist only because we put them there. Let those thoughts go and we’ve broken through – we’re free to live our best lives. Best, Lois
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    • Thank you, Lois!
      You’re absolutely right that fear is simply our thoughts that we have created. And we can create new, empowering thoughts to replace them.
      I’m so grateful that we’re here together – pushing through and supporting each other on our journey. I’m very happy that we’ve connected, and I truly appreciate all of the support and love.
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  9. As always Jodi, your post really spoke to me. How the heck do you do that?

    ‘You were born to live fully. You were born to reach your dreams. And that is exactly what you will do’ ~ really resonated with me.
    Thank you.

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  10. Jodi…I love your words and passion. I think that life is cycle where we make break throughs, fly high, create…And that can go on for some time. Then there are other periods, when our creative spirit needs to be quiet, take a respite, and let its next incarnation take shape. These are the difficult times because you have to be willing to live with uncertainty and discomfort.

    I am emerging from a quiet time. I allowed my soul to be soothed and let my mind relax. It was magnificent.

    I’m looking forward to reading your book…a big congratulations on it! Fran

    • Thank you, Fran!
      I love that you brought up the ebb and flow of life – so true. Pushing isn’t for everyone – depending on where they are in their cycle. I have been hiding for most of my life because of fear, and so it’s definitely time for me to push. I can feel my soul urging me and begging me to break through.
      But for others, soothing their soul and relaxing is just what is needed. And we can do a little bit of pushing now and a little bit of relaxing tomorrow – whatever feels right for us. Just staying conscious and listening to what our soul needs us to know is what matters most.
      I’m so glad you took some time to relax and nurture your soul.
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