We face obstacles everyday. I see obstacles as opportunities to build character. They’re designed to make us stop and think – “what’s the reason for the obstacle? how do I tackle it, do I go over, through or around it?” How we deal with obstacles definitely builds character and shows us what we’re made of. What do you do when you’re faced with obstacles?
A few weeks ago I took some pretty big obstacles head on – literally. I completed the Gladiator Rock N Run event benefiting TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) and it was amazing! The group I had been working out with for about 6 weeks was looking for a challenge to train for and decided on this one. For some reason I didn't consider myself part of this group (because I joined in after the 12 week session begun) so I didn't pay much attention to all the excitement and discussion about signing up. Late one night I was reading a blog about belonging and living wholeheartedly when it dawned on me that for so many years I made excuses as to why I couldn't or shouldn't participate in things – essentially living in the shadows (not putting myself out there). That same night my good friend and fitness instructor, Kim, called and asked me if I was going to sign up because it was the last night to register. That’s when the light bulb went off and I decided to step into the spotlight of my life – why shouldn't I do it? What was stopping me? Nothing. I immediately asked Hunter (my 15 year old son) if he wanted to do it with me and without hesitation he said absolutely.
Well, the day of the event came and I had no idea the type of obstacles we were going to face but I made the commitment to myself, and the rest of our group, I would complete them all. There were over 3,000 runners all running the race for their own reason: to win; to just complete it; to be part of something bigger than themselves; to benefit TACA, etc. For me I was running it just to complete it, so I could have bragging rights and conquer many fears along the way. The heartfelt encouragement from others was amazing. There’s such a magic being part of something way bigger than yourself. To see perfect strangers encouraging each other to do their best, no matter what that looks like, was so inspiring. It really brings out the best in all of us. And, no one says you have to do it alone – there’s strength in numbers. Find the right ones who can provide inspiration, encouragement, and support, and you’ll be amazed at all the obstacles you can overcome and turn into opportunities. Well, I got through all but the last obstacle – with a little help along the way.
No matter how big or small, or whether your obstacles are literal (mud pits, rope climb, paint balls, ice bath) or figurative (fear, procrastination, excuses), once you’re on the other side of it, you feel AMAZING!