Humans are capable of a lot. We’re tough. We’ve withstood natural disasters, wars, diseases and plagues, and when we have to, we can handle just about anything that gets thrown our way.
At the end of the day, we’re relentless buggers. When we decide we want to do something, when we put our minds to a task, when we refuse to settle for the way things have been and seek change, we’re truly remarkable in what we create and accomplish.
We’re often the most capable when we’re forced to be. We can do amazing things when we don’t have a choice, when there are no options. We can endure severe hardship with resilience and determination.
Unfortunately, when we do have a choice between something hard and something easy, we often take the easy route. But the path of least resistance is rarely the best one if you’re hell bent on becoming the best possible version of yourself.
Avoiding discomfort and quitting when things get hard won’t give you the life you want. Remember, there are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
What if we could somehow tap into that resilience, determination and perseverance that shows up when it has to, when it’s life or death, live or die, and use it every day, even when times aren’t tough? Don’t you think we’d be so much closer to being the person we want to be?
Consider this on how to get in shape. It’s time to Hit but it’s been a long, stressful day at work. You’re tired. The kids are cranky, the house is messy and the dog chewed your new shoes. You have two choices in this case: lament the day, flop on the couch and tell yourself you’ll exercise tomorrow OR shake off that tiredness, grab your shoes, your bag, your positive attitude and head for the nearest Hit, knowing that it may be hard but you’re doing the best you can for yourself.
Which choice do you make? You might just shrug your shoulders and say, ‘I’m too exhausted.” And that is that. Could you have gone? Probably. Imagine if someone held a gun to your head and threatened to put the trigger if you didn’t go to the gym. Would you still be ‘too tired’ and take the bullet? Of course not.
You’d say, “Yessir!” and then go have a great workout and feel amazing, bubbling with energy (and relief that you weren’t shot.)
See, you’re capable of doing it, you just told yourself you’re not. When you had to be capable, you easily rose to the occasion and got ‘er done.
Next time you’re on the fence about doing something you know you should do, ask yourself if you could do it if you had to. If you’re honest, it’ll be pretty hard to deny the answer. Test your limits. Go harness that crazy human power we all have.