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Marie Forleo: Hey, it’s Marie Forleo, and you are watching MarieTV, the place to be to create a business and life you love. And this, my friend, ain’t Q&A Tuesday. It’s actually You&A Tuesday, where I ask the question and the answer comes from you.
Group: It’s time for You&A Tuesday!
It’s time for You&A Tuesday. It’s You&A Tuesday where the answer comes from you.
Marie Forleo: So, my question, which I will ask you in just a moment, comes from an idea that I strive to live my life by, and that idea is this: you never get stronger if you only do easy things. Now, to clarify, I’m not saying that you should make everything harder on yourself. I am all about simplicity and efficiency where it makes sense. This is also not about pushing yourself so hard that you get injured or sick. But what I am talking about is the immense value that comes from doing really, really hard things, from putting yourself in situations where you know you’re going to struggle, or from doing things that are so far beyond your current skill set that it humbles your ass.
Let me tell you about a class I took a few months ago. So, I was working to build up my strength and my stamina because going on book tour can be grueling, and I wanted to be ready for it. Now, I talk a lot about fitness and movement, and I am someone who moves a lot. However, it’s been a real long time since I’ve been a Nike dance athlete, and could shoot like four fitness videos in one day, even with a broken toe. So, point being, my strength was nowhere near what it used to be. So, I figured I’d start taking more challenging classes at my gym.
Now, most of these classes I had never taken before. So, I had no idea what I was getting into. So, one day I signed up for this class, and it was called Metcon 3. I should have known better because that is a scary-ass name. But it was only 45 minutes, and I said to myself, “Hey, I can do anything for 45 minutes.” Famous last words! Not even seven minutes into that class, I wanted to die! I’m not kidding. I had no idea how I was going to survive 38 more minutes of this torture chamber. We are talking nonstop squats, and lunges, and plyometrics, all with weights and all on a damn step. You know how everybody hates burpees? Well, this guy had us doing double burpees. Then he had us doing these fricking air jacks. And one guy in the front of the class, he was like the happiest, most fittest grasshopper you ever met. He was smiling, he was sweating, he was leaping. Meanwhile, I can’t feel my legs, and I need to sit down.
I think you get the idea. I mean, this was hell! It was that kind of physical, humbling hell that you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemies.
Devil: Yes! That’s right, 10 more curtsy squats!
Marie Forleo: But somehow, I made it through the full 45 minutes. And yes, I was on the struggle bus the entire time. But of course, after, I felt amazing!
Nuh-uh. I didn’t feel amazing at all. I had a massive headache, I was red as a lobster, and I seriously wanted to quit at life. But after I took a shower, and replenished some electrolytes, and actually laid down for a few minutes, I actually did feel pretty great.
The bottom line is this: easier, my friends, is not always better.
Now, obviously, this story was all about working out. But I’ve found the same thing to be true in my business and in my personal life. Doing hard things makes me stronger. Whether it’s physical, emotional, or mental, strength is where it’s at. And I’ve got to say, no matter what hard thing you’re doing, whether or not you actually reach your goal is less important than who you become in the process.
So, here is the Q that I want you to A today, and it’s a two-parter:
Think about your past right now. What’s an instance where you tackled something really challenging, and you grew so much stronger as a result?
Part two: what’s one hard thing that you know you need to start doing right now in order to make your life better?
Tell me all about it in the comments below.
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Stay on your game, and keep going for your dreams, because the world really does need that special gift that only you have. Thank you so much for watching, and I’ll catch you next time on MarieTV.