7 Days. Done.
7 days of gym and 7 days of mobility work on a foam roller. #boom
The past 7 days have been sort of meditative for me. And besides realizing I have a ton of tension through my mid-back and abductors, I discovered a few other things about myself as well.
Taking Care Of Myself Is The #1 Priority
When it comes to projects, it seems the first things I always want to sacrifice are the things that are probably most important:
This is a recurring problem I’ve found and I’ve got a whole other blog post on this, but what I realized is that fitness isn’t just about being healthy. It’s about enabling your body to be limitless and do whatever it is you want to do.
It’s about taking care of the one vessel you get in this life. You can either take care of it and teach it to do amazing things, or you can treat it like crap and feel like crap.
Too many times, I’ve settled for the latter in the name of pushing through a deadline or finishing up a project. But I have a lot of adventuring left to do – I need to keep my body in the best possible shape.
Pain Makes You Beautiful
Kelly Starrett likes to say this, but I’ve found that it’s just as true in fitness and life.
Most people, including me (raises hand), like to avoid pain because it isn’t fun.
But in mobility, the only way to get better or improve pain points is to find those painful areas and lean into them (literally).
Ignoring them isn’t going to help. You have to face up to the problems and dig into them before they’re gonna get better.
The more consistent you are with facing it, the easier it gets. The more you ignore it, the more painful it typically is.
Could we find a more direct analogy to life here? I think not.
Decisions Are The Hardest Part
If you decide to do something and leave it at that – it’s so easy to get it done.
If you half-commit, which is becoming more and more the rage these days – it’s infinitely more difficult.
If you back yourself up against a wall and give yourself no other options – surprisingly enough, you do it.
If you start looking for ways out of something (or looking for excuses) – you’ll find them.
It might sound simple, but make it a rule – whatever you decide to do will come to fruition. This alone does a fantastic job of ensuring that things will actually happen.
It’s easy to dismiss this, so let’s try a practical example. If you decide to take a job – you decide that every day from 9–5, you’re going to go to work. If you’re sick, tired, or don’t want to go – you don’t just not show up (that’d get you fired). You typically go anyways. But how often do we do that to ourselves? We “promise” to do something, but instead of actually working on ourselves, we pass it off, sleep in, call in sick, or just play Candy Crush on our mobile phone.
In other words, if you were getting paid to live life and stick to your core values, would you get fired?
All these epiphanies were great, but there’s another realization that had less to do with the physical actions of this week and more to do with me.
That realization was this:
The standard for action is way too low.
What I mean by that is: this week’s challenge shouldn’t be congratulatory. You did 7 days of work – whoopee.
This week’s challenge wasn’t that hard. You didn’t have to run a marathon, climb a mountain, or even take cold showers.
Some days might have been tougher than others, but when it comes down to it:
You did what you said you were going to do.
That shouldn’t be a cause for praise.
That should be your modus operandi.
That should be expected.
If you can’t keep your word to yourself, how will you keep it to other people? How will you do much of anything?
The standard for action is way too low.
I can do better. You can do better. I expect more from myself and I expect more from you.
I’m going to be talking about business, fitness, and life on the blog more, but I’m not going to hold your hand or sing your praises for doing little stuff.
I want to focus on doing the impossible.
You shouldn’t get a prize for showing up and telling the world what you want to do. Lots of people do that. You should focus on the ratio of what you actually do to what you say you’re going to do.
That’s what makes the impossible list different – it grows over time. You don’t celebrate when you make the list. You celebrate while living it.
Starting now, I’m going to expect more.
More from myself.
More from you.
More from life.
If that’s not for you, that’s okay – there are a lot of other sites out there.
If you did the challenge – and stuck it out for 7 days – that’s great! But the question is: what are you going to do next?
I hope the answer is more.
How did the 7 day integrity challenge go for you?
What did you learn about yourself? Share in the comments below.