We’re told to dream big and shoot for the stars, but nobody ever mentions that going after our dreams is going to be hard.
They definitely don’t tell us that it should be hard—and that if it isn’t, we’re doing something wrong.
Our society loves the myth of “uncovering” some magic ability that was unknowingly hiding this whole time.
We cheer when the kid in the superhero movie suddenly unleashes some magical ability he never knew he had and knows how to use it perfectly with little to no training. We idolize sports icons like Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Serena Williams, and Rafael Nadal, but we often gloss over just how much these real-life superheroes struggled along their journey.
We don’t like to struggle. But we should, because struggle is a necessary part of the growth process.
Point blank: if you don’t struggle, you won’t grow.
When we’re struggling, most of us think something is amiss. Struggle feels negative, something to be avoided.
But this is one of the many reasons I love fitness so much: it’s such a fantastic training ground for the rest of life.
When you’re working toward a new fitness goal, whether it’s to build a new skill like a pull-up, gaining a faster sprint time, or training for an obstacle race like a Tough Mudder, you don’t expect it to come easily to you. You expect to struggle.
Training your body to become stronger and more resilient is also training your mind to do the same thing.