Swimming is one of my LEAST favorite exercises, but I know how necessary it is to push past the point of being comfortable. Today I learned a valuable lesson in this!
I recently started listening to "Can't Hurt Me," an audiobook by one of my favorite endurance athletes, David Goggins. This man has taught me so much about endurance, perseverance, and conquering the mind. One of the lessons that he teaches in his book is called "the path to MOST resistance." We as humans tend to take the path to LEAST resistance and settle for being comfortable. If you want to accomplish your goals, you have to train your mind to be uncomfortable.
He talks a lot about his experience as a Navy SEAL, and the amount of time that they had to spend in the water. One small way that I was able to relate to Goggins was through his lack of swimming ability, we are both negatively buoyant. My body type is ideal for running, but my swimming stroke is as unnatural as it gets. It is a survival instinct for me to avoid swimming, which is why I always shy away from the idea of participating in triathalons. On the flip-side of this logic, I also realize that it is an amazing way to not only push myself physically, but mentally. I decided to go after it and put my mind under severe stress leading up to the workout!
I thought back to what Goggins had to endure with some of his life experiences, grueling workouts, and military history. A concept that he had to learn to adapt to was having to restart tasks from scratch after thinking he had finished. Deep down, I knew that I could keep going after I had caught my breath. I wanted to prove to my mind that I had what it took to conquer the uncomfortable. I went for it and crushed 10 laps in a row. As I was nearing my last lap, I felt a nagging sense to keep going, despite my lack of breath. I shot off the wall without stopping and went FAR past the point of what I thought my mind and body was capable of. I finished ANOTHER 20 laps in a row.
40 total laps in that pool was 0.65 miles, which is much further than I had ever swam before. I have always told myself that I am a terrible swimmer and my body accepted that as fact. I had prepared for 20 laps, but needed to prove to my MIND that I was capable of much more than what I had thought was possible by doubling it in one set. If I could double what I had thought was possible, what else am I humanly capable of? What else have I been accepting as fact in my professional/running/entrepreneurial life?
My challenge for you is to pinpoint an area of your life where you have been taking "the path of LEAST resistance." Is it a specific workout like leg day; a specific project at work; a conversation that you have been avoiding? Don't just attempt to give it a shot, but give it absolutely everything you have and conquer it. Prove to your mind that you are far more than capable of what you had thought was possible. Begin to take the path to MOST resistance, and your mind will reward you greatly.
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