On the latest podcast episode with Mike Wardian, he said something that made me think twice.
When talking about how he gets through rough times running, he said he often just tells himself:
This is what you do.
He was talking about racing, but also battling through the suffering.
Something about that was intriguing. The fact that you can build your identity around doing hard stuff. Around pushing your limits.
That when things get tough, you can realize – yeah, it’s tough, but that’s what I do.
- Feel sick and want to quit the race? Finish it. Why? Because this is what what I do.
- Get sued out of your mind?. Win the fight. Why? Because this is what I do.
- In the middle of something impossible? Good. Why? Because this is what I do.
You can believe that you’re fragile, that it’s uniquely hard for you, that no one else understands your situation.
Or you can breath deep and get back to work? Why?
Because this is what you do.