There are an odd combinations of events that sometimes add up to each other. And quite a few of those times we are stacking up challenges. And simple tasks, which could be tiring. Yet we could push ourselves an extra mile to the limits.
Simply, because we can. And for the opportunities that we don’t want to miss.
The toughest battle you’ll ever fight in your life is the battle within yourself.
However, we rarely realize there are opportunities. While they are in fact present at all times. Imagine every person around you, that you never spoke to. All the places you never visited and were so close. They are just not that obvious.
Challenges are key component of a story. For your personal heroes journey. The problem is they seem a little scary sometimes. We might be in a different mood or state of mind, not willing to shift our focus to something that will force us to perform our best.
When do you perform your best?
My bet is – very rarely. We don’t usually want to do our best, unless is asked from us. At work or at home. But do ask for our best work quite often. Where that usually means don’t make mistakes. We know that, its part of the job.
But what if, your stakes are higher?
Where you have to do it or you die. It is a life threatening event. Tightly bound to your performance. Perhaps you are not going to poke your nose this time.
Imagine rock climbing. That is my fresh example due to what happened a few days ago. No ropes, no safety measures, nothing.
Only myself and rest of team My Mood on My Mind.
Let me tell you a short version.
There was 30 m vertical rock on the beach. And a long forest road on the way back to our car, if we decided to go back the same way. So we ended up trying to climb that rock on the other end of the beach to cut some road. By the way that decision was also influenced due to tones of flies the other way.
And we started climbing, one by one. That was the scariest thing I have done recently. We didn’t have ropes, nor shoes, not any equipment. Bare feet, wearing just a swimwear. Than we started moving forward, step by step it was getting harder. As you walk through that terrain you step on edgy rocks and thorns. You are damn right it hurts. And there were rocks falling downhill, questioning our survival. Everything was at stake. Not even our vacation. But our lives.
Somehow we did it.
Rationalizing way back, now, it was necessary to burn all the options to go back. That’s what we did. There wasn’t any possible way to go back once we were already climbing.
That is the point of no return.
We recommend you to take that shared experience only for a motivation to push a little extra in your life. That could be applied in many different cases. But the key point is to seize the moment and don’t squander it(Lose yourself – Eminem). Make sure you are pushing your limits at your own risk and pace. Accordingly to your skills level.
I have a few tips for that.
- Start walking barefoot
- Take cold showers
- Eat spicy food
- Meditate daily
- Exercise your body, stretch
Adapting to unpleasant and painful things such as those will make you fight when usually you will just quit.
And why not giving the best of ourselves after all? It will make you achieve new heights.
Often when we are tired we miss opportunities. When you are not into pushing more for nothing. However, if you don’t catch something at the right moment, it will slip. And you never would find out what was going happen, if you acted.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
So what does it matter, if you just finished work and got off the office, when you see that person. The one you find attractive or simply is sitting next to you in the public transport. You never know what you are missing. I have some very deep conversations started like that with strangers.
Yet you don’t have to. Nobody is asking you to do it. But can you push to the limit?
Get used to the pressure, increase you stakes (don’t do anything radical), experiment and see what happens.