Yesterday, my legs hurt like hell. It was my second day running and after my run, I had trouble with stairs and even walking. Moving my legs in any way was painful.
I began running as a form of mental exercise, not a physical one. I wanted to practice getting past the mental barriers I create in my life. I figured, if I can overcome the pain, the doubt and fear of a physical exercise, I can get past any mental barriers too.
Today was the third day and things were different. I slept in to recover and I thought my legs would be better by morning, but they were in a worse shape than ever. Getting out of bed was hard and walking was slow. I had to go downstairs one stair at a time. I looked my window and saw people, cars—I was too late. The streets were busy, it was cold, I didn’t want to cause any damage to my muscles, yesterday I had a beer, I’m tired, I have to work—these were my excuses. Look inside yourself and understand your excuses are just as stupid and these stupid excuses are holding you back from your potential.
I remembered this was a mental exercise. The whole point was to break through any mental barriers. I got honest with myself and realized my excuses were ridiculous. If I didn’t get outside, I could rest my legs, yes, but mentally it would be worst thing I could do for myself.
I asked myself, “What if?”. What if I did run today? Would my legs break? Probably not. But more importantly, how would I feel if I could do it? I would have overcome a huge obstacle. I would cry in pain, but hell, I would feel incredible mentally. That was enough for me. I put on my shoes and I was out the door. My run was about 3KM total. By the end of it, I had snot running down my nose and I was gasping for air. It was ugly, but I loved it. I had broken past my mental and physical barrier.
Tomorrow holds a new challenge, but I believe I have the courage to take it on.
Get honest with yourself today, what are your excuses? Write them down. Are these going to hold you back from your ultimate potential? Will you be on your deathbed telling everyone stories about why you couldn’t fulfill your dreams? Or will you tell everyone you managed to fulfill your ambitions even in spite of all your many challenges?