When you come to something standing in the way between you and your goals, is it an obstacle or a challenge? I would encourage you to take the positive mindset and tackle it as a challenge. Obstacles are impediments and roadblocks, while a challenge allows you to grow from the experience and be able to help others when they reach the same or similar sticking points.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help in working through challenges, it’s likely your friends, family, coaches and/or teammates have been in similar situations and may be able to help you. But know that you must be dedicated and determined to do the necessary work to get you to where you want to go.
Stay positive in your approach and outlook. I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it a million more; “Positivity breeds positivity, negativity breeds negativity”. Do you have a friend, workmate, family member, or friend who complains about everything? Maybe they criticize everything and anybody around them. How much fun are they to be around? Do they help you achieve your goals and enjoy yourself with all their negativity? Probably not. Time for a little self-analysis: Are you that friend at times that allows negativity to creep in and make you criticize, condemn, and complain about the events, people, or situations in your life?
This brings me to this month’s Coach’s Challenge. No criticizing, condemning, or complaining. None. Not one little bit. Penalty: 25 burpees. That’s right, I’m upping the ante a little bit this year. Thirty days of no whining, snivling, or blaming others for our problems. Thirty days of looking for the positive mindset and solution. Thirty days of looking at the challenges before us as opportunities and not obstacles.
If you accept the challenge, you and those teammates that are participating will hold you accountable. If you don’t step up to this challenge, don’t try to assess a penalty on someone who is – that will lead to your being part of the challenge and kicking it off with 50 burpees. Oh, and yes, I’m the first to take the challenge and say I’m playing too. Fair enough?