I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammad Ali
I saw this on Facebook this morning.
And I thought – Yes. This is me. The hating part. Not the “I’m going to be live a life as a champion” part.
I’m not trying to be “the next” anything.
I don’t box. I don’t workout. I don’t run. In fact, the other day, I had the most random thought about going down to the gym to lift a few weights… but then I remembered, I don’t want my sore arms to ruin my basketball shot.
Let me say that again: I didn’t want to work out because it might ruin my basketball game.
I play once a month.
With old Korean men at my church.
I’m convinced that I can think of *any* excuse to not do what I’m supposed to be doing. Because I hate training. I don’t just hate it. I hate hate hate hate hate it.
Don’t get me wrong – doing hard things is ok every once in a while. If I feel inspired by the whims of my muse. But the daily discipline of doing something difficult, unpleasant, or uncomfortable is just not my bag. Day in and day out. Booooooring.
But sometimes, in order to move forward and get stuff done – you have to do things you don’t like. And you have to make it a consistent practice.
What is something necessary that you’ve been putting off because you hate it? Or it makes you feel uncomfortable? Maybe it’s finishing a huge project? Do you have a presentation you need to practice for? Do you have a sales call that needs to be done yesterday?
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Get that small win.
Try to put it in context. Is this something you need to do? Will it be good for you? Will you be helping others?
Then isn’t a little inconvenience today worth a chance at a better tomorrow?