At the beginning of our Tough Mudder, in
At the beginning of this race, he gave this wonderful speech about how the people on this course are challenging themselves and doing obstacles and other physical and mental challenges that they haven’t done before. that they haven’t done before. That those challenges might be scary. And then he smiled and said,
It stuck with me. And it continues to stick with
One of the things I’ve learned about in all the reading I’ve done on confidence and mindset is that you can work on your mind a lot and that probably makes the biggest impact globally on your life. But occasionally, it talks that act of physical confidence to put yourself in a new state of mind.
I remember the first Tough Mudder I did. I was training for a half marathon and doing Insanity Max 30, and my friends asked
Last time I did the Courageous Confidence club, a program by Chalene Johnson, my act of physical confidence was to try aerial for the first time. It was scary, put me in uncomfortable (and high) situations, and challenged me to do and try even if I felt I wasn’t good at something. And damn did I feel good when I left that gym
Though the workout wasn’t exactly something I haven’t done before, calisthenics like push-ups, sit-ups, lunges, etc. I have never worked out with a bunch of people, most of whom I have never met before, all of whom train in MMA. Ya most of them are amateurs, but they all have been working out in this gym for a while. And most of them stayed after the
To say I felt like the least badass person in the room was an understatement. Especially once they donned their
To say that I struggled with the 8 min sit-ups circuit would be an understatement. Seriously, I got to the point where I was just doing crunches because I couldn’t get my body to do a full sit-up anymore.
But I also get to say that I did jumping lunges for the first time in 5 years.
Doing new and different things is at best
I think we tend to forget that. We only see all the things that can go wrong and so little about what could go right. And we do that in all facets of life! And that’s too damn
I think we miss out on a lot in life because we’re not willing to let others see us fail, look stupid, mess up.
But the best moments in life are rarely the moments when things go perfectly.
Think about the stories you tell at parties.
They’re often about how you freaked out and over-reacted, were a total klutz and tripped over a speaker leaving the stage after singing karaoke (I did that last night…no joke). They’re not the picture perfect scenes where you had no doubts, were utterly confident, and things panned out exactly as you planned. That shit is comfortable, ya, and I’m sure it feels good at the time. But it’s also boring.
DO NEW THINGS. GET UNCOMFORTABLE. TRY SOMETHING NEW.
And in the process, create your next great story. Create your next great moment, your next great challenge, your next great adventure!!! Like how you got your ass-kicked pretending you could hang with MMA fighters, because how badass does it feel to even say that you trained with MMA fighters? Speaking from experience, it feels pretty freaking cool. 😉 Maybe next time I’ll even see if they’ll let me jump into the sparring. Haha. Oh dear, that will definitely be a story.