That Magic Place
Writing down thoughts like these is easy, but not until the first sentence is done. Composing that first sentence is a killer. The toughest part of any work out is not the third rep of your bench press or the second mile on the treadmill. The hardest part is getting out of a warm bed. There’s a tiny invisible moment, a pain point, that exists in front of every task worth doing. It seems that the more creative or constructive the task, the more intimidating that pain point appears. This moment is the magical place, beyond which exists everything we’ve always wanted. It’s the place where we are forced to decide whether to push past our fear into the unknown, or stay in our comfortable familiar place. The winners around us are well aware of this point and regularly push past it. It’s not any easier for them than the rest of us, they just acknowledge it and make the habit of leaping into the uncertainty beyond it. Navy Seals believe that when your body is exhausted and ready to quit a grueling task, that you are actually only 40% of the way to actual exhaustion. Muhammad Ali didn’t start counting reps in his workouts until it started hurting. Seth Godin insists that there is no such thing as writers block, it’s just the fear that we’re not writing something good enough. This pain point is a safety mechanism in every human, tenaciously guarded by our brains. Our mind’s job is to keep us safe and away from adversity. The conflict arises because there is no success without adversity, therefore your brain is only concerned with your survival, naturally steering you away from success. Now that we know this quirk in our minds, we can recognize and act on it, like the Navy Seals and Muhammad Ali. Passing the pain point never gets easier. You just have to decide what’s more painful, the fighting through the pain point, or never seeing what’s on the other side of that magical place.