I think it was Jim Rohn who said, “Everything worthwhile is uphill”.
I think there is a lot of truth in that statement, perhaps not what you want to hear but isn’t it true that growth always happens during hard times?
For instance, I enjoy endurance training and even though it is important to be consistent and exercise on a regular basis it is during the tough, hard exercises the improvement happens.
Take cycling, even though it is important to have a certain length (number of miles) and flat runs included in your training plan, it is during the hard exercises uphill or in high pace (interval training) where you at the end of the training feel like throwing up, that´s when the cardio improves the most.
Isn´t the same true in life?
During the tough times when everything is upside down, hard, and turmoil, that is when you grow as a person.
During the mundane “normal” period of life is like the flat runs on the bike. It´s needed to maintain a certain level, to be able to take a break and rest, before the next period of growth starts.
Let me clarify, what I mean with tough periods is highly individual and up for everybody’s interpretation. What some consider hard is considered a piece of cake for someone else and how you interpret what happens to you and classify the event has to do with a lot of things.
The problems occur when you don’t have any flat periods in life when everything is a struggle and it doesn’t seem that the ride “uphill” will never end.
When riding a bike, or perform any other exercise, at those moments you must dig deep and push yourself to the limit to keep going and continue paddling even though all you want is to stop paddling, rest and catch your breath. But for some reason, you keep going because you know you will come out better and stronger than before.
The same is true for life, sometimes we must dig really deep and persist in order to survive. But rest assured that the ride “uphill” won’t last forever.
As hard as this may seem it is all related to mindset. If you can force yourself to look at this from a different perspective, knowing that in order to grow you have to go through the hard times. This shift in perspective doesn’t make the periods less painful when you are in them but you know you can’t avoid them and that makes it easier.
“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It´s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.
That is how WINNING is done!
Live with Karma,
Founder, Unlimited Karma