One thing I’ve always enjoyed about weight lifting is the joy of pushing (literally) a PR out of your way. The way the bar lays in front of you asking you to pick it up and put it behind you. It has all the makings of the final scene in a movie where the protagonist cuts free of the challenges that have plagued them for the entire movie and we are left feeling light, happy and accomplished.
Moving that bar of weight is a challenge. It comes with pressures, uncertainties and various levels of self-doubt. The pay out in overcoming the challenge is the euphoria you feel when you have gone to battle with the challenge and overcome it. You can make this analogy to all types of sports. The miles in a long run, the push of an open water swim, or the elevation of a long bike climb. At the end when you have faced your own fears and put to rest the self-doubt you feel unstoppable. What I like about sports is that they don’t always end like a movie Sometimes you get knocked down and have to dig even deeper to push that PR out-of-the-way.
Nothing worth having comes easy PR’s included. There are days when your workout wins, there are days when you take it to the mat. I’m a firm believer in the power of pushing through. More challenges are over come by not giving up than were ever solved by giving it all you’ve got ONCE.
So the next time a challenge presents itself to you, whether it is a weighted bar, a project at work, or creating 200 mini pies in under an hour. DIG deep and push! You might not win the first battle but carry on because with time and practice you will get better. Remember diets aren’t ruined by one day of eating nor does one workout lead to weight loss. Sometimes the results of our work come slow and steady, the way moving water eats away at solid rock.
When pushing through lifes challenges keep your head up! And remember the happiness and freedom that comes with tackling and accomplishing your goals. Don’t let your head give up on you.
Remember to Carry On and….
Question of the Day: What’s your personal favorite PR?