Pain is weakness leaving the body” – Marine motto

Sometimes toppling over can be a bit more painful. But no less useful – or “awesome” – as New Zealand BMX rider Sarah Walker describes…

  • Failing is awesome. If you don’t fail, you’re not really pushing it. You’re not really pushing the boundaries to see what is possible. I crashed in practice at the world championships and that was the last chance to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games and in the moment, every single day that I am riding my bike. It was proof that I was giving 100% and there was nothing more I could do. It’s part of the story and it’s part of what makes me who I am.”

Her outlook reminded me of Minda Zetlin’s article “Want a Lifetime of Better Brain Function? Science Says Change This 1 Habit (It’s Not What You Think)”:

  • It comes down to this: Stop only doing what’s easy and pleasant. If you’re in a great routine at work, break out of it by adding new responsibilities. If you’ve got an effective workout that you can do without even giving it much thought, add some new elements or up the ante by making it longer and more intense. In short, do stuff that’s difficult. Challenge yourself, and keep challenging yourself until you encounter enormous frustration. And then push on through that frustration and try some more. Whether you actually achieve your objective isn’t the point–the point is to push yourself just a little beyond your limits. In other words, get outside your comfort zone. Strangely, it doesn’t seem to matter whether the limits you push are mental or physical. Both strenuous physical effort, such as a challenging hike, or strenuous mental effort, such as mastering a difficult math equation, will do the trick. Barrett points to the Marine motto, ‘Pain is weakness leaving the body’.”

Embrace the discomfort zone.

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