Life for me lately has been all about digging deep and finding the energy to keep moving forward. I tend to go, go, GOOOOO without much of a break. I get tired, burned out, and just plain exhausted.
In these times, I dig deep and find compelling and inspiring reasons to keep going. I have a dream to attend SealFit’s Kokoro Camp, a 50-hour non-stop crucible designed by US Navy Seals, modeled after the Navy Seal Hell Week training. Even if I don’t even make it past the preliminary interview, I know that the training, the vision and pursuing the dream are the road to happiness. Arriving at a destination isn’t the key to satisfaction – it’s the pursuit, the training, the journey that boosts our vibe.
Quite often, life kicks our ass. We work hard, we get inundated with all the adulting we have to do, and when it comes time to actually do something we enjoy, it feels like a chore.
So, how do we do something that we know is good for us, but we just don’t have the willpower to get it done?
We get started.
The hardest part of a workout (in my mind) is getting changed into workout clothes. It’s getting up when the alarm first goes off without hitting the snooze button. It’s getting out of bed and going through the motions of getting ready.
We have a tendency to focus on the most arduous aspects of something, even if it’s a thing we LOVE to do. When we fixate on a huge challenge, of course we don’t want to do it! Our brains are hard-wired to conserve; we’re mentally conditioned to find the easy way out instead of go the difficult route. However, it’s the challenge that makes us grow. It’s the pursuit, the effort, and ecstasy of fantasy that brings us joy.
Mark Divine is a retired US Navy Seal, author, success story, coach, entrepreneur, and just an overall amazing individual. In his book Unbeatable Mind, he shares a story from Hell Week. His commanders pulled him aside and ordered him to do 1000 burpees. Without complaint or hesitation, Divine started doing them. One burpee. Ten burpees. One hundred burpees. Five hundred burpees. Whenever he got tired, he’d pause, take a few deep breaths, and do another burpee. He would then do another, and then another, and pause when tired, and then keep going. After about 770 burpees his commanders got tired of watching him perform one burpee after another, and they ordered him to return with his group. Commander Divine shared what got him through that – he would set small micro goals, remembered to breathe, and encouraged himself to do just one more.
We have a tendency to look at something daunting and feel like we have to do it all at once. However, that’s not how we create sustainable, lasting results.
Look, there’s merit in taking a break. We need rest, and that’s actually a huge component of growth. We need to recover so that we’re refreshed and ready to take on the next challenge, to take the next step, and do to the next burpee.
It may take a while to reach that goal we’re dreaming about, but we can start today by taking action on one small, simple step. Whatever that step is – writing the goal down, making a shopping list, putting on our running shoes, lacing up our skates and so forth – let’s set ourselves up for success by doing one thing to get us closer to that goal.
What are you working on? What are you looking forward to? What drives you to keep moving forward, to stay positive, to keep the faith?
As for me, I’m keeping my recovery as my top priority. I’m also working on more self-development, working hard to get back on my feet, finding more speaking opportunities, and broadening my network. I have some other ambitions as well, but I’m taking things one at a time and learning to take it easy on myself when I don’t make the best decisions all day every day.
All my best to you, and hope this finds you well ♥