Fitness Friday: Brick Walls
I came across a really great quote that stayed with me throughout this week. I thought it would be worth sharing on today’s Fitness Friday post because we all have things that stymie us. It’s by Randy Pausch who was a Carnegie Mellon professor and died from cancer in 2008.
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
There are so many things that I can list off that frustrate me. Some of these things frustrate me so much that I avoid dealing with it. Many of the things that are on list are there because I’m impatient. Other things are not in my control.
My brick wall
For example, let’s take my #1 brick wall: muscle-ups. I hate that I can’t do them anymore, and I hate that there’s not a quick fix to getting them back. After seeing so many friends continue to achieve the goals of getting their muscle-ups and continuing to get better, it’s been equally disheartening to know that I’m still not there. This week, muscle-ups were in a workout and my knee jerk reaction was to not show up. Yep, just like that, I wanted to quit.
But this obviously becomes a function of the chicken or the egg. If I don’t show up to try, then I’ll never get better. If I never get better, how can I expect to ever get them back? When I was scrolling through Instagram and I saw this quote, I knew I needed to find a way to make it work. The idea of one day succeeding at conquering this goal invigorates me and pushed me to show up. I didn’t do the workout, but rather decided that I was going to focus entirely on skill work for it. Sure, you don’t just “figure it out” in one day. But it’s a lot more than I would have done had I not gone in.
Keep calm and carry on
So whether your brick wall is something like a highly skilled movement, losing weight, getting started on a task you keep putting off, or getting over a complicated situation, keep a few things in mind. While it’s frustrating to acknowledge and work through these brick walls, the taste of breaking through will be so incredibly sweet. We swallow our pride, clench our fists, and endure the challenges not knowing what will happens. Be brave, take it one day at a time, and put in the work to get through those walls.
You got this! Happy Fitness Friday everyone!