Shut Your Mouth and Push The Baby Out
I learned a valuable lesson about talk and action during the birth of our first child.
Like any new parents, we had done as much as we could to prepare for the birth of our daughter.
We’d gone to the classes, done the stretches, ate well, hydrated, and rehearsed what would happen when it was “go-time”.
And then it was go-time.
In the heat of the battle, like almost all women since the beginning of time (I’m assuming), the pain of childbirth started to increase for my wife, which caused her to manifest her experience of it audibly.
What happened next from our midwife has become one of the most profound moments from that entire experience.
When the previous period of pushing had ceased, our midwife casually leaned forward and said into my wife’s ear, loud enough for me (her coach) to hear:
“Close your mouth and push this baby out. Every yell you let out in pain is wasted energy and doesn’t get us any closer to the goal. Just shut your mouth, put all your energy into it, and push this baby out.“
Two pushes later, and our little Kelsey Grace was here.
Noise vs. Action
I could go on and on about how this applies to life. About how talking about things instead of doing them might feel like progress. About how “when all is said and done, there’s more said than done”.
Lots and lots and lots and lots of practical applications could be given here.
But you can see the application for yourself, can’t you?
Shut your mouth, and push this baby out.
Every yell is wasted energy and doesn’t get us any closer to the goal.