Difficult conversations with family, a friend or your boss, gutting out the last interval on a tempo run or learning how to do a pull-up are uncomfortable. But that is part of the process. In order to grow you have to stretch beyond what you are currently doing. It may cause mental and/or physical discomfort but it’s necessary.
Here are a few tips that can help you get your mind right for the challenge. It won’t do anything for the physical discomfort but you knew that already, didn’t you?
- Identify what you want to get out of the conversation, exercise or run and write it down.
- Jot down a brief strategy. If having a difficult conversation with your boss, list a few things you want to say. If you want to do a pull-up, research the steps involved. For that interval run, plot out your route so you’re not stopped by traffic or stuck at a crosswalk waiting for the light to turn.
- Plan it. Schedule a meeting, figure out how long it will take you to do the steps to execute the pull up and pick the day to do your speed work.
- Do it, no matter how hard it is. Fight the urge to cancel your meeting in a fit of nerves, stick to your pull-up plan even if you get busy and finish those intervals even when you get tired.
- Bask in your success. No matter the result.
Maybe you don’t get the promotion or fix things at the office. Maybe you had to add weeks on to your training and your pull up was more like a hop and a weak hold or your last interval was slower than your first. It doesn’t matter.
Because now that you’ve had a taste of what can be. You’re golden.
Now go run!