Endurance. “The power to withstand something challenging.” A neutral word to me, until “Endurance Week” hit at Method 360!
After two days of endurance workouts, a client asked if we could “be done with Endurance Week”! She wasn’t alone: I watched you guys walk out of here sweaty & too exhausted to formulate a goodbye.
Why is endurance so tough? Because it makes us "discomfortable".
It makes me ask hard questions: “How do I handle failure?” “How do I push through discomfort?”
Failure & discomfort are, well, yucky & uncomfortable.
Endurance training represents everything in your life. How do you know when you’re ready to move on in a personal or professional situation? When the endeavor becomes too easy. Deep down you know that discomfort is what pushes you to get to the next level.
Without discomfort and failure, there is no change. Google “If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you”. It's everywhere. A great motto, no doubt, but aren't we all so TIRED of constantly challenging ourselves?
We're chattering on social media talking about how we’re tired, challenged, AND HAPPY! We’re proud of our accomplishments, and we should be!
As this week progresses & you endure more endurance challenges in class, on your runs, in your race training, with your kids, your students, your parents, your friends, remind yourself of how you feel AFTERWARD. After you kick discomfort's ass.
You truly do know that challenges move you forward. Think of your history: did the easy button really get you anywhere?
If there is pain, if there is toxicity, then you must back off and make changes.
But if there is merely discomfort (yes, MERELY discomfort), then push onward, because that is the only way you will achieve the success, the PR, the change, the goals you so desire. They're all on the other side of that pain-in-the-ass we call 'discomfort.'