Julie Berger hits us up with another great blog post.
Establishing a solid routine is important, but much like sitting on the sidelines, nothing grand ever comes from monotony. There is a fine line between healthy habits and growth stunting fear. In other words, the “Danger Zone” is not intercepting MiG-28s over the Indian Ocean (no offense Kenny Loggins!!). The “Danger Zone” is your “Comfort Zone.”
While you are complaining about an injury, over-chalking your hands, or rowing instead of running, someone else is getting stronger, working harder, and facing their fears. While you are roaming around the confines of your comfort zone, someone else is jumping higher, lifting heavier, and trailing you from behind.
It can be extremely uncomfortable to realize that there is always an underdog ready to strike; it is less uncomfortable to be that underdog. Wake up an hour earlier, plan your meals ahead of time, and try something new everyday!
As I climb higher in my career, I gain more responsibilities—and it can be terrifying! Most recently, I started forcing myself to attend table reads for the shows I work on. At the first one, not only did no one sit next to me, not a single person sat in my entire ROW. I’m also pretty sure I caught my boss pretending not to know me. Despite having about as much confidence and sense of belonging as Jennifer Lawrence after falling on her face at the Oscars, I still had a smile from ear-to-ear because I was proud of myself for going and for holding my own.
Intentionally putting yourself in an uncomfortable position is always difficult, but more importantly, always beneficial. So live life like those fleeting moments at the end of Mario Kart! We all know the feeling when you are in 1st place with Wario blasting at you in close second, and you push that joystick forward so intensely you’d think your life depended on it.
Have fear of the underdog, and then crush it with a lightning bolt.
AMRAP 18 minutes:
10 Deadlifts (225/135)
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