It is now 7:59 AM (this will be kind of important later). It has occurred to me that I have made writing blogs harder than it should be. You don’t want to know about the second guessing and the endless editing (I’m surprised that there are any words left when I’m done!). So. I have entered into a $5 wager with Bill here at Bourke Accounting. I am pushing myself to get this done in two hours. Barring an unforeseen catastrophe, I think I have this.

Because of my newfound revelation, I got to thinking about how we push ourselves and the different ways in which we go about it. I believe that there are three major ways that we push ourselves: the good, the mildly questionable and the flat-out bad.

For example, let’s say you want to quit smoking (I am seriously thinking about thinking about quitting) and 3 o’clock rolls around. You haven’t had a smoke for an hour, but instead of smoking at 3 o’clock, you decide to push it until 3:30. Well, once you get to 3:30, you decide to just wait until 3:45. Eventually – I’ve never tried this operation, but I’m told it works – a smoker becomes a non-smoker. Small, baby steps can create an entire new way of living and thinking that benefits the protagonist. There is no cold turkey (and shattered friendships), there is no outlandish disruption of the person’s life; there is just a very gradual and very real change for the better. I consider this a gentle way in which people push themselves.

The perfect example of the mildly questionable can be illustrated by our Bourke Accounting bookkeepers and tax preparers. When I left the office yesterday, there were three people working overtime (two out of the three indulged in fast food, so I’m guessing some of that overtime was, most likely, spent in the bathroom). Because these guys are old hands at the tax season game, they’re used to this. However, with our current and uncertain situation, I believe that our Bourke Accounting experts are trying harder than ever to accommodate you. To me, there is nothing more civilized than a completed tax return; even if we all end up on lock-down, at least you know that one stressor is off your table. I call this mildly questionable because, even though they’re used to this, our bookkeepers and tax preparers are still sacrificing time with family and friends to meet deadlines.

And finally, we have the flat-out bad ways in which we push ourselves. Changing your life for the better is good, working long hours for a temporary period is all right, but then, then there are the people who hurt themselves by pushing to the extreme. These are the people who start out by wanting to get into shape but take it too far. Once they’ve lost ten pounds and have been working out an hour a day, they push for more. All of a sudden, they’re working out three hours a day and eating limited quantities. This also applies to working; instead of a 40-hour week, these guys are working 80 hours. They miss milestones in their children’s lives (a’ la Cats in the Cradle), anniversaries and basically life itself. Being dedicated is all well and good, but there must be a balance. More importantly, there’s got to be a little fun or else, really, none of it’s worth it anyway.

Pushing for self-betterment is a great thing. We all know how wonderful it feels to overcome an obstacle and prepare ourselves for the next. However, the most important thing to remember is that moderation is pretty great, too.

Like I said, your Bourke Accounting bookkeepers and tax preparers are pushing themselves to meet your needs. Bourke Accounting experts are also trying to take care of themselves and not push themselves over the precipice out of dedication to duty. Come drop off your paperwork to your favorite Bourke Accounting specialist today and show them some love (from six feet away, of course).

Come see us any time. Our number is 502-451-8773 and don’t forget to visit our website at www.bourkeaccounting.com. See you soon!

P.S. It is now 9:27 AM. Yeah, I got this.

Written by Sue H.