I believe Spartan Races + CrossFit have become so popular BECAUSE people are dying to be challenged in a world that - for most of us - is painfully SAFE. One of the great paradoxes in life is that you never know what you are capable of until you are tested. But people avoid hard things & struggles because it's uncomfortable, it hurts, & you sometimes realize you *aren't* who you thought you were in the midst of the fire. They'd rather surround themselves with YES-people, hear themselves talk about ideologies, + pretend everything is perfect rather than learn the truth (but then have the choice to change it). .⠀ People work SO HARD to make the pain go away that they miss the opportunity to GET BETTER & to GROW. If you find yourself repeating themes in your life like Bill Murray in Groundhogs Day, here's your sign. INSTEAD of avoiding pain, challenge, & struggle... 1. ACCEPT that pain, suffering, & hardship are facts of life. Feeling these things are signs you are ALIVE & not a psychopath (that's a good thing). You've done this before --- in a hard workout, WOD, competition - apply it to your life. 2. EMBRACE it. Sure it SUCKS, but embracing that feeling uncomfortable is a PART OF THE PROCESS shifts your perspective from trying to make the bad feeling stop TO being able to see BEYOND it. The FireBreathers GET THIS... they welcome that edge because they know the high they feel when they get beyond it. The satisfaction & confidence from prevailing. You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. Do you ever give yourself the choice? ^^^THIS is exactly what Joy of Lifting Radio will be ALL about - intentionally training yourself to thrive in the midst of chaos. Stay tuned 🎙.