How do I become the best version of myself? How do I discover all that God meant for me to be? I am certain that God wants us all to walk on water but we have to get out of the comfort of our boat! Resistance is the villain in my life. Resistance is that sluggish feeling of not wanting to do something that you know is good for you. It is the inclination to do something that you absolutely know is NOT good for you. It is the desire and tendency to delay something you should be doing right now. Every day is filled with these moments. You have to break through resistance to accomplish your goals.
What stops me from getting what I want and from being that person, the hero of my story! I need to first be aware of the resistance in my life and then I can learn to slay it! I am on this exciting new path of discovery and I am finding ways to quantify it. One thing is for certain, resistance is a daily battle. So I must have daily practices to strengthen my will and my commitment to defeating it! Since I am quite sure I am not the only one suffering these hardships I thought maybe I could share my journey.
Hence my challenge quest. I have decided to try different challenges to see what kind of effect they have on my life. It all started about 10 months ago when I elected to try taking a cold shower every morning after I had read about the numerous benefits: kickstarts your metabolism, builds immune system and improves emotional resilience by adapting to oxidative stress, increases alertness, improves circulation, anti aging, speeds up muscle recovery, relieves depression to name a few. There are at least a dozen but the one that stands out as the most life changing is that it absolutely builds courage and will power. Doing something you are so resistant to, every single day, right when you wake up, takes a lot of mental strength. Overtime, this mental strength and discipline will affect all aspects of your life. At first I planned to do it for 15 days but I realized so many of these benefits that I haven’t stopped in over 10 months! Tony Robbins has a 57 degree plunge pool that he jumps in for 5 minutes every day.
Last week I completed a challenge that I was sure I couldn’t accomplish at the onset.
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Natalie doesn't like Wallballs.. So of course we challenged her to do them everyday after class. She started at 20 and added 1 one each day for a month and worked up to 50! Stay committed and work towards your goals even if you despise the process! #crossfit #crossfitasap #wallballs #hatred #goals #commitment
I crossfit, which in and of itself is a daily push and challenge to do and be more. So it seems a natural place to start these resistance slaying, character building, self discovery, harnessing my power endeavors. My nemesis has always been wallballs. I hate them. I am short and neither the 9 ft target nor the heavy ball is adjusted for my obvious handicap. Squatting has also been a physical limitation for me. So when one of my wonderful coaches provoked, I mean challenged, me to add one wallball a day for a month starting at 20 … unbroken … I laughed and thought how ridiculous! Why would I torture myself this way every day … for what possible end?? (Kind of like the cold shower.) But the challenge planted a seed and my new found courage would not allow me to shrink away. The process was enlightening and encouraging. Each day I had to overcome huge resistance in my body and in my mind. Several of my fellow 5 a.m.-ers (our crossfit group works out from 5 to 6:15 each morning) supported me by taking turns doing the wallballs with me. In the end I not only accomplished it (in 1.32 seconds) but I had deepened several friendships. I found out each day how I could slay my dragon and I got better at it. I can’t say I love wallballs nor can I say I love cold water showers but I can say I am learning to be comfortable being uncomfortable and that I am growing into the person I want to be. I also experienced what it means to hold someone up emotionally. It was a tremendous exercise in gratitude which has led to my next challenge.
I am currently a few days in to a gratitude challenge. At a seminar I recently attended the very successful speaker mentioned writing down 10 things / people / places each morning and each evening that I am grateful for that day (pre and post) for 10 days. He said that at the end of the 10 days to evaluate any changes in your life. He promised that there would be some significant things! I have already noticed a shift……….stay tuned for my thoughts on this challenge.
“Dare to Be”
When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.
When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.
When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.
When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.
When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.
When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.
When times are tough, dare to be tougher.
When love hurts you, dare to love again.
When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.
When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.
When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.
When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.
When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.
When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.
Dare to be the best you can –
At all times, Dare to be!”
― Steve Maraboli