"Go deeper...and stay longer"
I was reading a blog entry tonight by author Steven Pressfield. Just about how he writes...And then I read this part, and I immediately thought of all of us here and our challenges:
'Jon Naber won four gold medals in swimming at the ’76 Olympics, all in
world record times. I saw an interview with him right afterward. The
reporter asked a very insightful question about a sport where
thousandths of a second separate gold from everybody else: “What’s the
difference between a good swimmer and a great one?” John
Naber answered as follows: “In competition, almost immediately after
you hit the water, you enter the Pain Zone. It hurts–and it gets worse
every meter you go. The great swimmers,” John Naber said, “are the ones
who can go deeper into the Pain Zone and stay there longer.”'
So next time we are about to procrastinate, and feel that incredibly strong urge to not do what we need to do, that's OUR "Pain Zone". Fight it, go deeper into it, get through it, do what we need to do...and the more times we can, the closer we come to our little version of greatness and winning our own personal "gold medals" in our own lives.
WE CAN DO IT!
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This resonates very well with me, especially as I see us as productivity athletes. It is important to remember that just because we feel pain/fear/frustration/anxiety when we work, we're are seldom (if ever) in any real physical danger.
Huma, this is really
Huma, this is really inspiring - thank you!