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It could be worse.

Stay with me here. I’m going somewhere with this:

You are not a special little snowflake.

You have problems. You have bills that need to be paid. You have work that needs to get done by a certain deadline. You’re not getting enough sleep. You’re upset by what Sally said about you last week.

But, remember, it could be worse.

Here is a story from a fellow gym owner who is working on a project for her gym. She sent this email to a group of us yesterday:

All day yesterday I was stressing that the printing of the
[project] binders wasn’t perfect.
It was seriously bumming me out. I wanted everything to
be exact and make everyone happy.
But, hey, there were tabs in the wrong place,
and strange symbols instead of words on two pages.
Come on!
Fast forward to this morning as I read the local newspaper.
I read that the woman who inspired the [project]
for me had lost her husband yesterday to a drunk driver plowing
him down while riding his bike here in Huntington Beach.
I had heard about it on the news the day before but without a name.
Now I see a face. A friend.
A dad with his son on a bike ride on Labor Day.
So, while that “really” serious stuff took on importance yesterday,
today not so much.
I began to re-evaluate the importance of things.” – Carolyn

A huge switch was flipped for Carolyn and while I would never wish that something like that would happen, it put into perspective her stress about little annoyances about her project.

It doesn’t change the fact that she still needs to work on her project and get the tabs right. But if it’s not perfect, then she’ll continue working on it until it is – rather than letting it control her mental health.

Aroo!

Now, again, I don’t want you to think that having a death in the family is the only way to put yourself out of your comfort zone. I don’t want you to think that I’m trying to focus on that in this article.

But, I’m asking you to come out of your bubble and re-evaluate what is truly important and what you’re wasting energy on.

What is making living worthwhile and what is just “stuff”?

How do you get out of your bubble, you ask? Try something truly physically difficult – something that pushes you beyond what your body can handle. Something that requires you to rely on your strength of character to cross the finish line – like a Spartan Race.

The Spartan Race, on October 4th (Saturday), will be hosting three levels of racing in “The Wilds” safari park and conservation center.

Sprint

15+ obstacles over 3+ miles, the Sprint is the first step to getting off the couch and onto the course.

Super

8+ miles of racing with 20+ obstacles – the races’ fastest time will be about 80 minutes and will seriously challenge your mental toughness and endurance.

Beast

The BEAST! Over 25 obstacles with more than 12 miles of running. This will truly try to break you and is not for the faint of heart.

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You may be wondering “should I do this?” Absolutely.

Challenge yourself and get yourself into an uncompromisingly uncomfortable position. It’ll make you take stock of your motivation and take you out of the pettiness of lots of stuff you deal with every day.

Want to get 10% off of the race: use the code SPARTANBLOGGER at check in.

And take pictures and tell us how it changed you.



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