I don’t know if you strength train. If you do, you will understand the term repeat till failure. If you don’t strength train, repeat till failure means lifting a heavy object till you absolutely cannot anymore. It implies that it is acceptable to fail. In failing, you ended up building muscle. In that struggle, most of which occurs in your head, character forms. Lifting that heavy object that no sane person would desire to, you tell yourself – I will not fail, I will not die. Not today, not now and certainly not because I could not lift a heavy object.
Life is similar. The characters change. The circumstances change. The struggle remains. From the outside, it may seem that someone has it easier. Scratch a little, and you will quickly discover that our struggles are much the same. Over the past few years, I have lost count of the number of times I have been told I have extraordinary discipline. Mythical qualities have been attributed to me. Let me set the record straight lest it appears that my head is swollen.
I struggle! Everyday. To wake up. To meditate. To not eat chocolate or ice cream or pizza or biryani. I struggle to lift myself out of bed when I need to go to the gym. My rational mind tells me – it doesn’t matter. Missing one day won’t hurt. Your body is aching. You had a rough day yesterday. It’s supremely easy to rationalize. Strangely when I am already running, the same mind tells me – you can do it. It’s only one more mile. Don’t fail. Not now. Not because you could not run another mile.
My learning has been simple. It is very hard to do things. It’s far easier to accept that it is not possible. There is a simple lesson that is more powerful. One extra step and you will take the next. Before you realize it, you would have done a thousand. Will you take that next step with me?