We’ve all had that moment. You know which one I’m referring to, right?
The one where we quit.
It’s that moment when we stopped pushing ourselves because it got really hard. Or it hurt. Or we didn’t think we could handle failure again. That moment. We’ve all got at least one of them.
We quit on a great relationship because it was harder than we “thought” relationships were supposed to be.
We threw away our manuscript because we thought our writing sucked.
We just stopped showing up to the gym because we don’t look like everyone else.
How much pain are you willing to endure in order to go for glory?
If you know what’s coming, if you know what you are striving toward, aren’t you a little bit more focused and more capable of enduring what you are currently going through?
Take for example your workouts. How many of our workouts just absolutely suck? Our lungs burn, our arms hurt, and our legs are on fire. Yet we know there is an end in sight, so we continue pushing toward either that final rep or until that clock sounds because we know we are gaining strength from it. We understand the benefits of our workout.
How about a mother who carries a child in her womb for 9 months and then gives birth? Labor is not a comfortable process and it cannot be fun. But at the end of it you have this new creation, a new child and piece of your family. Then how many mothers are willing to go through all of that pain, all of that suffering, all over again for a second, third or fourth child? Plenty.
This is endurance training at it’s finest. Endurance training is about pushing yourself through that temporary pain, through the hurt because you see what’s ahead and that final point that you are striving toward.
What giants are you facing right now? Are you looking ahead? Are you looking at what awaits once you get through it? Or are you so focused on the turmoil and pain of what you are going through that you’ve lost sight of what’s ahead? I want to encourage you today with three ways that you can improve your endurance training for life:
- Focus on your future and not your feet. When we look down, we only focus on what’s right here in front of us and what we are currently going through and what we are currently struggling with. But when we move our eyes from the ground in front of us to the road ahead, we focus on what’s more important. We focus on that finish line and the glory that awaits us. And if we keep competing, we will be able to get out of this current mess and closer to that finish line.
- Temporary pain is worth a lifetime of glory. The Olympics I just mentioned are the absolute best example of that. These athletes work for years, day after day after day, just for one shot at gold, a silver, or even a bronze medal – a legacy beyond their lifetime. It is all about that one shot for them. So for them, the pain of training is worth that one shot at history. Whatever you are facing in your life, whatever struggles have come between you and your goal, your goal is worth more than that temporary pain. So understand that that pain will one day end and your goal will still be there. You can keep going if you know it is not going to last forever.
- Know this above all else. Your goals and your life are always more important than that obstacle before you. The pain in your lungs pales in comparison to the fire in your heart. Whatever hurt and heartache you are dealing with, understand your purpose and the things you are competing every day for are far more important than a temporary setback and a temporary pain.
The pain of your current trials cannot stand next to the power of your purpose.
I believe in you. I encourage you this week to work on your endurance training. Remember, the pain is temporary when you see the glory that waits ahead.
You can get through anything, just compete every day for it.
Why didn’t you give up?
We all face obstacles. Some small that trip us up like the sidewalk that “jumped out of nowhere.” Others are like Goliaths, towering over us and leaving us paralyzed with fear, or worse, running the other direction. But I suck at sharing my battles.
Like many of you, I tend to play it close to the vest. I internalize my struggles and rarely, if ever, share the obstacles I’m currently battling. I don’t want to post it on Facebook. I don’t want to vent to someone. I just want to deal with it, quietly and alone. The problem with that thinking is that my obstacle starts to grow within my head. The “pebble” becomes a giant and my situation moves toward one where victory seems impossible. I haven’t shared my battle with anyone so it feels like I am the only one going through this.
I feel often times that I am the only one facing this particular battle. And that’s one helluva lonely feeling.
But the truth is, I’m not alone. There’s actually someone else out there going through the exact same situation I am. Hell, there’s probably 100 or 1,000 other people in my exact shoes, facing my same Goliath – or one much larger than mine.
And many of them are winning.
“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” – Dean Karnazes
I thought the season was lost April 1. Two of our best pitchers out – one of them for the entire season. A 7-15 start to the season put the Texas Rangers into an 8.5 game hole to state & division rival Houston.
Despite a rally during May-June, the team was still six games out of the division lead on July 1. A brutal July slid the team to 8 games back on August 1 and a 1% chance to win the American League West. One month later that number had only grown to 4% chance of winning the division.
For a team that lost its ace (Yu Darvish) before the season even started, another starter (Derek Holland) just an inning into the year, and fielded a team with some castoffs from rival teams (Delino DeSheilds, Josh Hamilton), expectations were low. The team would put on a short streak, and then the next month, go ice cold.
But something happened. The team refused to quit.