Sometimes words grab me and immediately become meaningful. Not too long ago I read this same simple message somewhere in the social media blogosphere and shortly after attended a Pilates Reformer class that challenged me so much it left little doubt in my mind that I could change my body in all the ways I want: my upper back a little more toned, my tush a little higher, my thighs a little leaner, and that mountain climb a little easier. But that’s not all this message means to me.
All the good things that have happened in my life came with wonderful challenges. These challenges have come in many shapes – sometimes tears, often soul searching, exhaustion, branching out from my comfort zone, initiating a tough conversation, taking a scary step forward, investing in myself, investing in others, humbling saying I’m sorry – I am sure this list is shared by many. Interestingly, I have yet to regret a single challenge that changed me in some way. What I do regret is when I avoided putting effort into something and the result reflects that choice. I showed up to a class in body but not effort. I sat and stewed instead of initiating the tough conversation. I missed an opportunity because I was afraid of failing. This message now acts as my mantra to take the challenge – stop hesitating – make the most of each endeavor.
When it comes to physical health and fitness we all participate because we want positive change. So in your next physical endeavor, remind yourself that if it doesn’t challenge you, it will not change you. Because sometimes it’s as simple as sweat and muscle burn.