“Embrace the Suck”

I’m feeling less than inspired today.  I had so many things I wanted to say last week with very little time to say them, and now that I have time to write, nothing.  But I’m here, and I’m trying, and I think that says far more than anything I write on a good day could.

Anybody can complete something they feel like doing; it’s the things we do when we don’t feel like it that really shape us, make us tough, make us strong.  Maybe that’s running 10 miles in bad weather, maybe it’s just getting out of bed in the morning.  It’s different for everyone.  For me, today, it’s writing.  I finished more than what was on my to-do list and could have easily called it quits for the day, made myself some tea and turned in for the night.  Instead I’m sitting here, rambling on because I know this will only help me in the long run.  If I can write and publish a post on a day I don’t feel like it, then I can clean on a day I don’t feel like it.  I can work out.  I can accomplish all those random tasks and goals that I’ve let pile up because I simply didn’t feel like doing them.

In a speech about how he became a Navy SEAL, veteran David Goggins talks about “embracing the suck” and how we have the choice in life to either settle for mediocrity, or embrace and overcome every obstacle and build the life we want (you can watch the video here.)  His parting advice was to do something that sucks every day.   As a big believer in the power of mental grit and strength, I could not agree with this more.  It doesn’t have to be anything crazy.  Start where you are and take baby steps if you have to.  Slow progress is better than no progress at all.  This is how you get better.

Today I made myself stronger by writing and publishing this post.  I hope you found some way to make yourself stronger too.

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