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Fitness Training: Challenges and Perception

by Ron Kennedy • August 05, 2016
Difficulty and struggle are a fact of life. Many consider them an unfortunate fact of life, but too often the hardships we face are disregarded as “Bad Karma” instead of what they truly are; fortitude testing learning experiences.

How do you judge and estimate the level of difficulty for a challenge? It’s our nature to take most things for granted, therefore our assumption of challenge is usually from our interpretation of the circumstance. We judge a minor struggle insignificant in contrast to a major, life-altering event. Yet, is there really a measurable degree of difficulty? How can anyone say one person’s struggle is more or less trying to the soul then another’s?

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “Bad times have a scientific value. They are occasions a good learner would not miss.” If challenges are meant to be learning experiences, the truth is you can’t put a value to the level of difficulty that any struggle presents.

How many of us awoke today and crawled out of bed? Easy right? You do it every day. If you were unable to use your body to propel you upward, it would be a very difficult task. How about eating? There is a fast food joint on every corner, food stores across the parking lot from each other, and even gas stations and office supply stores carry candy bars and snacks. Take money out the equation. Even if you’re flat broke, most people know someone that could feed them, buy them food, and soup kitchens exist for the unknown. How hard is it to eat, really? What if you lived in a war torn, third or fourth world country where food depots were guarded by men with machine guns and feuding tribes murdered each other for grains of rice? How hard would it be to eat then?

So let’s appeal to a matter closer to home. How hard is it to own and operate a successful business? Now if you were to ask master entrepreneurs like Warren Buffet or Henry Ford, I doubt they would say “It’s impossible. Don’t do it. It can’t be done.” In fact, Warren Buffet buys failing businesses, creates strategies to generate growth, and then sells them for a huge profit faster than most people can paint their bathrooms. So would he claim doing that is difficult? Not likely.

The point I wish to share with you is that regardless of the challenges you face, your perception and reaction to those challenges is just as important as your actions to correct it.

Try to remember when you learned how to walk. No, you can’t. Allow me to share a little known piece of knowledge about the human body; learning how to walk is one of the most painful experiences most humans ever endure. Yes Ladies, child birth beats it, and I very much respect that, but since this is coming from a male’s perspective… work with me a little bit here. You know that feeling when your foot falls asleep? Imagine that occurring in every muscle in your lower body. Assuming your parents were holding you upright to keep you balanced, every time you slide your leg forward, every time your foot touched the ground, every time you attempted to balance yourself with you’re under developed leg muscles it was incredibly painful. Of course you see babies smiling and laughing during the experience, but from an anatomical stand point, the muscles are in agony. It’s by far one of the most difficult things a child has to learn how to do.

Now let’s fast forward 25 years. How difficult is it to walk now? Let’s assume you’re in good enough health to stand up right; how hard is it? The only difference between the difficulty levels of this task is that you had yet to achieve success. Once you do overcome the struggle, it becomes second nature, and you can’t even remember the challenge that seemed so insurmountable.

Despite if its weight loss, rebuilding a broken relationship, eliminating debt, or building a tree house, the true challenge in any of those tasks is realizing and accepting that there is way to prevail, and that if you commit to the desired end result, and don’t let the obstacles that may sprout detour you, it is inevitable that you will succeed. The greater the challenge, the greater the discipline. Perhaps some goals require more time and planning, but how difficult things “have” to be truly is in the eye of the beholder.

"When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny." –Paulo Coelho