Leaning into Discomfort: Difficult Workouts and Difficult Life


Have you ever been in the middle of a really hard workout and just wanted to give up?

That was me today. The hang power cleans that were programmed in the workout I was doing felt extra heavy and I kept failing them (as you can see in the video below). I just wanted to quit the workout and move on with my day.

But I didn’t.

I told myself, “I don’t care how long this takes, I’m going to finish this.”

And here the thing about workouts like that. They are the best. They are the best because they parallel so well with life.

For me, a workout like this was what I needed, because it’s exactly the kind of discomfort I’m dealing with in my life right now.

Over a year ago, on December 7th, 2015, the day that I officially opened for business, I was in a car accident.

A car-attack is more of an appropriate name for it.

Exhibit A: My little Chevy Optra, post car-attack.

Car attack?

Yes. A car attack.

I was stopped at a red light, waiting for the advanced so I could continue the short drive to my office and get ready for my first official patient, when all of a sudden the F350 behind me accelerated into me. And then reversed and accelerated into me again. And again, and again, and again, until he had pushed my car far enough into the intersection that could drive around me and escape.

Car. Attack.

I have never felt shock like that in my life. I literally peed my pants.

Anyways, long story short – I’m still dealing with this incident. It’s cost me thousands of dollars, and a lot of stress. Numerous times I’ve just wanted to give up on it, kick it under the rug and forget about it.

But I always talk myself out of it. I refuse to give up on this. I am going to keep fighting even though it is incredibly uncomfortable.

“I don’t care how long this takes, I’m going to finish this.”

And here is the parallel to my workout. This is uncomfortable and hard. Giving up would be the easy thing to do, but will that help me?

No.

What’s going to make me stronger is pushing through. Persevering.

Just like my workout.

I’ve already grown so much from this experience. I’ve learned so many things that I never would have learned had I not been in the wrong place at the wrong time on December 7th.

So I guess you could say I was in the right place at the right time 😉

How have your hard workouts helped you not give up on something? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear your stories!

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