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It’s now been almost two weeks into my summer break from university. A summer break very different from a summer break I have ever experienced before in my entire life. There is a standard in this world that says that when you get a break from school or work, it’s time to relax like you’ve never relaxed before. Lately, though, I haven’t been feeling this way. At all. Over the course of this last year, school break has meant one thing and one thing only for me: time to dial it up like you’ve never dialed it up before. Over the years I have developed a mindset that has grown stronger and stronger, a mindset that, lately, has gotten close to reaching its very pinnacle. It’s a mindset that tells me to push through no matter what, and that’s just all i want to do. Right now it’s 10 pm Thursday night, and I’ve gotten 20 hours of sleep out of the last 94 hours since Monday. But, one of the 5 things I wrote on my Power List today was to finish an article to update my blog, so that’s what I’m going to do. No questions asked, no conditions, no terms. Just work.

These last two weeks have been golden for me because I’ve been more productive than I’ve ever been. I see everything in the form of a percentage. These days, in my world, it doesn’t matter whether I’m at home on summer break or sitting in an auditorium at my university — I’ll still spend 18–19 hours a day with the sole focus of putting in work that’ll put me in the direction I want to be going. The only thing that changes is the percentage of my 19 hours I can afford to dedicate solely to working towards my goal. When I am at school I have to work with a 50/50 split between my side-hustle and school. These past two weeks I have been able to focus one-hundred percent of my attention to my side-hustle. It has become my hustle.

Right this moment, pushing through has become automatic. I almost don’t even think about it anymore. My mind is beginning to grow strong enough to make the right choices without me even having to enforce it. I think that, deep down, my mind knows that neglecting to push through doesn’t mean you are giving up on the task itself, it means giving up on yourself. If you really stop to think about that’s the very essence of it. Getting those last 5 minutes on the treadmill after wanting to quit early — they’re for you. Staying up that extra hour to complete the tasks you set out to complete — that’s for you. Pushing through, it’s all for you. So go ahead, push through — that’s all you’ve got to do.

We should all strive to improve, if even just a tiny bit, each and every day, but between you and improvement stands a wall. This wall, dark, dense and daunting in its appearance, is the wall of your comfort zone. The very zone that enslaves your mind, holding it back, tieing down the limbs of your deepest desires, leaving you without an ounce of fight in you. Only one thing will break your shackles, free your mind and improve your being: pushing through — no questions asked, no conditions, no terms. Pushing through with all your willpower, all your mental and physical strength, all you’ve got. But, remember, it’s all for you, right? So go ahead, I implore you, push through — it’s all you’ve gotta do.

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