I never used to like running but I have to admit it’s growing on me.
Some days it’s a breeze and some days it hurts like hell.
For me, running isn’t just a workout for my physical body … it’s a work out for my mind as well.
Take today for example.
It was cold, I’ve had a big week and the temptation to remain snuggled under the blankets was high.
Sure I could succumb to the voices in my head telling me it’s the best option … but would that serve me?
My answer … not today.
So leapt out of bed, threw my shoes on and headed outside. I paused for a moment to take in the beauty of the sunrise then hit the road.
The route is challenging. Having taken it many times before I know what to expect.
Sometimes this can be a good thing … sometimes not so good.
Walking out my front gate I knew I was about to face the first of many uphill climbs.
As I stood at the bottom of the first hill I thought about what lay ahead for me that day in my business.
Frankly … that hill looked a lot like my day … potentially very challenging.
Standing at the bottom of the hill I figured I had three choices.
#1 … I could avoid the climb altogether and try and find an easier route.
#2 … I could turn on my heels and head home.
#3 … I could put my best foot forward and climb the hill.
I’m pleased to say that today I chose to put my best foot forward and climb the hill.
Was it easy?
Nope … it was damn hard work.
But I stuck with it because I knew that by climbing that hill I’d set myself up to conquer some other challenges.
I’m pleased to say … it’s coming up for midday and it’s mission accomplished for me.
Today I feel victorious.
I feel victorious because I did what needed to be done.
I looked the challenge in the eye and got it handled.
Gosh it feels good.
I think it’s time to crank up the music and enjoy a celebratory happy dance.
Don’t mind if I do.
I’m so pleased that today I embraced what I know.
That is …
Choosing to avoid a challenge won’t make it go away.
More often than not … it prolongs the pain and makes things worse.
So I’m curious …
When you face a challenge in your business or life what do you choose?
Do you avoid it, run from it or embrace it?
Do you choose something like exercise to remind you of your true strength?
How do you get yourself to take on the challenge?
I’d love to know what your strategy is, so be sure to share in the comments section below so we can continue to learn and grow together.