If you have read these posts regularly, you may have noticed there are a decent amount of sports analogies. I have always enjoyed sports, even if I have never been the best athlete. For me, sports have provided a plethora of lessons I have then used in other aspects of my life and work.
This got me thinking about exercise, working out, and the idea of one more repetition. Like the goal that you want to end strong or run through the finish line, this is the idea of working hard and then pushing even harder during that last little bit. Growth happens when you exceed what you thought were your limits. Often this moment of breakthrough happens at the end. Personal trainers use this a lot when working with clients. They’ll keep you on track during the workout, slowly increasing what your resistance, and then push you a bit more at the end.
So here’s the challenge of the day. It’s Friday, the end of the work week. Essentially it’s like the end of your workout. You get the whole weekend to recover. So find a moment when you are halfway through your day, and rather than coasting in, consciously kick it into a higher gear. Push yourself a bit harder. Actually try and make it so you feel a bit spent by the time you get to the end of the day. However you can make this happen, whether it’s closing your office door, putting on some headphones and a good song, or whatever method works for you, push yourself. See what you can do. At the end of the day, I’ll bet that push makes a difference. It could be the thing that puts you over the top, or simply get’s you further along towards your goal. You may feel exhausted from the effort, but it’s the good kind of tired. It means you’re growing, and getting better. And isn’t that what we’re shooting for?