I read once that if you recognize that life is hard, things seem to go much easier. So what makes “The Hard Things” we do in life?
For me training for and competing in Triathlons is hard and something not many in my circle of friends do. Races always scare me. I get anxious before every race (tri’s, bike and road races) and wonder why I choose to put myself through the stress of it all. During most races I often find myself thinking …..How much longer you can hold on?
I believe that doing hard things has a way of defining you. They can be the things that make the difference between living an ordinary life and one the French refer to as “Je ne sais quoi“, which means that certain quality that is hard to describe.
The hard things are the easiest things to avoid. To excuse away. To pretend like they don’t apply to you. The simple truth about how an average person accomplishes outrageous feats of success is that they do the hard things that smarter, wealthier, more qualified people don’t or won’t do. Do the hard things. You might be surprised at how amazing it feels after and more importantly find out how amazing the average you really is.
Here are some hard things to do if you are looking for a place to start:
Get up earlier than you want to get up.
Keep fighting when the lawyer in you makes a great case to stop.
Feel unsure and insecure when reach out beyond your comfort zone.
Invest in yourself, you are worth it.
Try something hard and when you fail, press the reset button, again and again.
Run a little faster even though you’re whole body is stressed.
They say the hardest things in life are usually the right things to be doing….Why do you think so many song writers, authors and poets write about them?? …. It’s inspirational stuff that’s why?
Like I said in the beginning, the difference between Tri and Triumph is umph…. try hard and give some umph!