Do you ever feel “the squeeze”??

mk_treesDo you ever feel “the squeeze?” You know what I’m talking about – it’s those moments when you REALLY put your butt on the line. When you really feel stressed out or pushed beyond your limits and think you might have gone too far, taken on too much.

I used to hate the squeeze and did everything I could to avoid it.

But soon I realized that it’s “the squeeze” that helps us grow. It’s those moments of being uncomfortable, of being uneasy that defines us.

We don’t like to get squeezed. We don’t like to get uncomfortable. We don’t like to put our butts on the line – and yet – it is exactly these things that help us grow, be happy, have purpose and find fulfillment.

Many people that work with us come to us because they feel stuck, they feel like they are treading water.

This is because they have not yet been able to take the action that is required out into uncertainty so that they can grow. The only way we can truly be happy, the only way we can truly find fulfillment is to grow – because progress equals happiness. (Tweet-worthy!)

It’s not even about the end goal most of the time, it’s about making progress towards that goal that makes us come alive.

When we look at the things in our life that our heart desires, we tend to choose the seemingly safe path and then justify why we can’t have what we want.

But really, if we could just find the faith to face uncertainty, to step out and try new things and then learn from our mistakes – life would change.

I’ve learned to embrace “the squeeze” as a natural part of life and a REQUIRED part of living at my highest potential.

Now, when I am in the squeeze, I don’t stop – I keep going and I know that the pressure being on is a great thing. It means I am putting my butt on the line for something that I believe in and there is no greater act of faith than really putting yourself out there for those that you believe in.

Are you in the squeeze? Are you avoiding the squeeze? What if only great lessons or great outcomes could come from the squeeze – what would you do differently?

Let me know.

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Lots of love,


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Mastin Kipp is the CEO and Founder of The Daily Love. Follow him on Twitter here.

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  • Deanne Ziadie

    Pretty amazing how the daily love always speaks to me for what I’m going through daily! Is this magic? Love you Mastin and Jenna

  • Amy

    I’ve been in a squeeze for some time now! It has to do with financial abundance. I’ve been off with my baby, but now we’re in a bad financial situation and I need to find work asap. I normally become frozen when squeezed, but I’ve been working really hard at exploring all opportunities and trying to create them! I’ve never been so proactive, even though negative, hopeless thoughts keep creeping in. Maybe it’s the momma bear in me. The squeeze is still on, but I’m in it and embracing the challenge.

    • JennieD

      Amy, your message touched me; I left my v wealthy partner with our daughter and our dog. It was tough but I knew it was the right decision for me, but most importantly for her and her future mind-balance. We spent 2 years living in 1 room (as the dog is a giant breed, it was truly a squeeze!), but through sheer grit, determination and always living in gratitude for what we have, we got through and the three of us now live in small house with a room each (yes, even the dog) and we are sane, happy and always smiling…. BUT what resonated with me most, so I can tell you you will get through it and ultimately thrive in ways you don’t even know about now, is 10 years later, on my daughter’s phone, I am listed as ‘Mama Bear’…You embrace, and then kiss that challenge on the nose with a smile x

  • Roslinda Christine

    I’m feeling the squeeze now. I’m going through some BIG changes in my personal life that would be enough…but I recently got a new job on top of that and it is making me question just how smart I am…it has brought up every insecurity that I have run from for years! On the surface I want to just give up and quit, but the personal issues I have going on just really aren’t making that a smart option for me right now (a little trickery from the Universe??? Hmmmm). But I was talking to a friend of mine recently and telling her that even though I feel extremely overwhelmed at home and at work and it seems like I just can’t catch a break…I can’t help but believe that there’s something waiting for me on the other side of this mountain. Like a breakthrough, or a rainbow, or a pot of gold. Something. I feel like I’m SUPPOSED to be going through this right now. I don’t know why I feel that way, but I do. Faith speaking to me? I don’t know, but it keeps me going to work every day in all my uncomfortable, not-good-enough, new girl feeling kinda way and coming home to all the drama and anxiety filled little messes….and knowing there’s a reason for it all. I hope 😉

    • I’m a little late to the party here – but your comment touched me. You know that you don’t have a choice. You can’t quit. You have to get through it. You will, and you will be stronger and more confident and ready for the next challenge.

      If you let go of the thoughts about quitting, you will reduce your stress significantly and you will be able to give your full focus to moving forward.

  • JustMe

    Dear Mastin, I sense in your blogs lately that you have entered the hamster’s wheel….please always remember it is all right to live FOR YOU, to take time FOR YOU, don’t become a caricature of your truest self …..while stimulating and wonderful ‘the squeeze’ can also be an addiction if it makes us unable to step back and take a deep, deep breath. Sometimes the ‘caregiver’ forgets to give themselves care.

    As to your daily blogs….don’t worry if you miss a day….there are SO many I haven’t had time to read yet… many that I want to read again, and again.
    Please be reminded of the lines of Max Ehrmann’s DESIDERATA “beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars: you have a right to be here.”
    Namaste and love

  • Mary

    Thank you for the new format – I appreciate not having all the sales stuff right upfront. It took away from your true essence and the sales will still come.

  • Centred Gravity

    I’ve been “squeezed” for the past three years in terms of self-growth, uncovering and expressing my truest self. It was a hard journey learning to embrace the discomfort but more importantly it was learning to trust my intuition to determine if it would lead to positive growth. I’ve always been happy but I am now more aware that my happiness comes from within. My happiness is brighter and it shows on the outside. I am no longer hiding who I am and I feel so centred in myself.

    I read your posts (and other writers too) first thing in the morning as soon as I wake up (even if I’m running late). There is always something that resonates with me, sometimes you are so spot on with articulating what I’ve intuitively known but haven’t been able to put into words. You add such a wonderful layer to my life! Thank you!

  • I usually equate the squeeze with being stressed and having waay too much to do. I have to remember that if I dont make effort to pull myself through, no one else can do it for me. And its always a better reward to have done something progressive for myself than having someone serve it up to me on a sliver platter. So I push on through! 🙂

    Love, Drew

  • Ca

    Since the Love of my life left me I’ve given up relationships. If I knew whats the lesson, man, I would do the work – really!

    • Kahley

      I’ve been where you are now. What I learned from that experience is that if she truly was “the love of my life” then she wouldn’t have moved on. The reality is there are lessons from the experience – all valuable! Which is not to say they’re not painful too. They are. But no one ever died from a broken heart. Her journey wasn’t finished yet and she had more to learn. I had to trust the Universe and relax. The “one” for me will emerge, in time. In the meanwhile I’m using the break to explore my part in the relationship and getting clear about it…was I in love with her or what she represented? What was my part in it? What things in my life require my attention?

      Hang in there and resist the temptation to medicate those feelings of loneliness and abandonment with another relationship, substances or activities. Instead pray, meditate and talk with healthy people.

  • Isa

    I’ve given up on trying to be friends to all. I just end up having no friends in the end.

  • Michele

    I recently did a workshop for a group of teachers. I have been doing these workshops for over a decade. It was a weeklong workshop and although I “knew” it wasn’t going as great as I would have liked, I had no clue how bad it actually was until I got the evaluations and they slammed me! I was mortified. After I got over the initial shock, I made myself look more closely. I am always gratified and amazed at what the Universe will give us if we ask. I uncovered the crux of the situation for me. I “knew” what was going on. Since I already “knew” the problem it closed me from looking more closely at what might be going on with the group and truly “knowing” the situation. Looking back I even saw where Spirit gave me opportunities to see and act, which I conveniently ignored. Ahh the blessings of retrospect. The experience led me to the value of not “knowing” and to staying open. I was looking outside myself and blaming certain people in the group, who definitely were effecting the group, but my blaming caused me to think I knew and to neglect the opportunity to truly know. Stay open to the ever present power of the “Know”. What a great lesson!

  • Sarah bug

    Failure is most times used negatively. I have eliminated this term from my world. Nothing is a failure. Experiences happen so you can learn. When you get to a dead end what do you do? I turn around a discover a new path.

  • anonymous

    I seem to fail at being in a long lasting relationship but I am willing to keep trying and I know that I will connect with my soul mate one of these days–in the mean time the ride is a wild one.

  • Vanessa Waters

    I’m with Deanne I think you’re magic!

  • enrique mario

    i’m working at hero express, a combination of disney’s junior express (which inspired me for the name and gave me motivation to start) and the symbolic train of the secret – hero vertion (which also gave me motivation to start), thanks for inspiring me with your contribution of that book, hero express is a virtual train for gamers

  • Vana

    he wasnt the love of my life but i was still interested. He flirted shamelessly with me. He was very funny. I enjoyed his attention until one month ago today when he emailed me to say that he had gotten married. MARRIED? He never told me he was seeing someone. I was developing feelings for him and now his absence make me feel so sad. I also feel duped. In most of my relationships, i was the one who did not give up. Maybe I should start giving up.