Walls Are Meant For Climbing

What have you done this week that has pushed you outside of your comfort zone?

For me it was running/walking 5 miles on the treadmill. It’s not my thing. I prefer to run outside. I love the fresh air in my lungs. It just feels better to me than being stationary on a treadmill.

I’m not going to lie, the first two miles really sucked. The third mile I thought about quitting. Then suddenly I was on the fourth mile. This is where I really clenched my teeth, cranked up the speed, and pushed through.

After over an hour on the treadmill I hobbled to the corner of the gym to stretch. Euphoria set in for me. I continue to be amazed by the mental clarity these little challenges give me. Whatever has been bothering me that day always seems to be more manageable or completely irrelevant. I have learned to revel in discomfort.

Usually if I skip the gym it’s not because I am physically incapable of going. Typically it’s because I’ve built a mental wall or found an excuse not to.

The small victories like this are not small at all.