Articles in Category: overcome resistance

overcome: choose to grow

on Thursday, 05 December 2013. Posted in inspiration, overcome resistance

Endurance has never been something that's come easily for me. Give me a quick sprint or a heavy lift and I'm in my element, but ask me to repeat those efforts over and over again, with little to no rest, and I quickly go from excelling to average at best... mediocre may be an even truer word.

Recently, on Tuesdays, I've been going to the track to run with one of the most naturally gifted "stamina athletes" I've ever trained with. She can hold my 100% effort pace with an ease that's almost unbelievable.

I wake-up with butterflies in my stomach on Tuesdays, knowing what's coming. As our training-hour nears, butterflies progress to what feels like a large flock of birds, sweaty palms, trouble focusing... I feel like I'm a freshmen in college, all over again, arriving to the women's basketball locker-room on an "individual workout" day only to find that the seniors have left a box of Pepto Bismol for us... their way of letting the underclassmen know that the session to come is going to be particularly brutal and that it would be smart to prepare ourselves with some pink Pepto. I can remember walking onto the court on those days, knowing that our coaches were going to make us as uncomfortable as possible for 45-minutes, and wishing for some way out of it. I didn't understand then, the opportunity for growth that I was being offered on those days... all I could think about was resisting or escaping the discomfort....  I was terrified of it.

Then, the sensation of being hammered and carved into felt like something that was threatening to end me... something I should run from. But now I know that sensation as something shaping and refining me... something to be leaned into.

On Tuesdays at the track I'm uncomfortable... and I'm quiet. Over and over and over again I'm making a choice to lean into the discomfort... I'm choosing to grow.

I stay quiet because I'm honest with myself there. In the quiet, I don't start belittling myself or the thing that's making me uncomfortable.  I don't try to preserve my ego.  I don't justify my way out of the discomfort. I don't try to escape.

In the quiet it's simply, "you're ok... do your best."

And at the end of it, I'm better than I was at the start.

I don't get this right every time. Sometimes the belittling wins... the ego wins... the justifications win... the escaping wins. But more and more I find myself leaning in... meeting discomfort, quietly, right where I am...

I choose to grow.

Taylor's Story

on Wednesday, 31 October 2012. Posted in inspiration, overcome resistance, team jogo

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Taylor, age 14, is one of our Jogo Performance Athletes
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Taylor w/ her mom, Debbie, at Children's in 2011

On August 3, 2010, the day after her twelfth birthday, Taylor woke up with a tummy ache. Within a few hours, she complained of an ear ache, became very lethargic, and developed a low-grade fever that persisted for days.

Nine days and several doctor visits later, a blood test revealed Taylor had Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), a relatively rare and aggressive form of blood cancer that typically affects older males. Our doctor referred us immediately to Seattle Children's Hospital. By the time Taylor was admitted, the rapidly growing myeloid line of blood cells were populating so quickly that 87% of her bone marrow was compromised of leukemia cells.

Taylor spent the majority of the next eight months as an inpatient on the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance floor at Children's receiving a series of, incredibly, intense chemotherapies and 67 blood transfusions (thank you, blood donors!) all of which saved her life. The cancer, combined with chemotherapy treatments threatened Taylor's life twice. However, she fought the fight, and today is an amazing and beautiful success story, and a tribute to the tremendous staff at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Today, Taylor has been in remission for a year and a half. She is a vibrant teen and wise beyond her years. It goes without saying that we will forever be grateful that this phenomenal life-saving resource, Seattle Children's Hospital, exists so close to home.

Eventually, Taylor’s doctors recommended she resume safe, regular exercise as part of her recovery in life after cancer and we are grateful to have discovered the experienced and careful coaching available at Jogo to help her in this means. Thanks to terrific training by Jogo’s staff, Taylor has quickly begun to resemble her once competitive, gymnast-physic and feels stronger & more confident than ever as evidenced in the above photo taken directly after a fun & challenging class at Jogo!

-Debbie "Taylor's Mom"

Overcome: I Am Who I Am

on Wednesday, 03 October 2012. Posted in overcome resistance

the weight of our stories

I've always been fascinated by human psychology. Why is it that people do what they do? Why do some people set a goal and easily attain it while others seem to never be able to hang on to that thing that they endlessly chase. Why do some of us revel in our progress, while others can only see what they're still not capable of?

There are so many quick and easy answers to why we do what we do… Upbringing. Circumstances. Personality differences. Mental toughness. Drive. Motivation. I am who I am. But are any of those REALLY the truth of it?

What I've come to see as true is that, we are who we believe we are and we do what we believe we'll do… no more… no less.

We are the stories we tell ourselves about how life has come at us and how we've responded to it up 'til now.

"I am this way because my dad is this way."

"I am this way because no one taught me another way."

"I am this way because this person hurt me."

"I am this way because that other way is too hard."

What I see in my own life… what I see in the lives of the people around me… is that we make these beliefs of "I am this way, because…" our truth instead of recognizing them as stories.

Something, millions of things, have happened to you in your life. True. What you believe about those things, is just your interpretation… a story. When we're little, we're like little sponges. We soak everything up. And slowly but surely we build our filters about what things mean. This happened this way, so it means THAT. That happened this way, so it means THIS. Soon it becomes automatic. We tell ourselves the story of our life without ever stopping to question if it's true.

The filters I built over time told me that love isn't safe, that the people you trust will hurt & abandon you, that nothing good lasts. My entire life changed, literally in an instant, when I realized that these were just my interpretations of how things happened once upon a time. My stories. They were only true because I believed them to be. When I saw them for what they were, I was able to look again, with new eyes, at old circumstances and find the good in them… not with some kind of rose-colored-optimism, but in a… "I want good things FOR and FROM my life and these stories are holding me back from those things… can I look again at these circumstances and see something in them that worked, or works now, for my good?" Every single time, I've been able to find the good.

I can remember, too, being in that place of, "well I can't let this go because this person did this to me and it was wrong and I'm not going to let them off the hook that easy." Thankfully, as soon as I actually caught myself having that thought I realized how ridiculous it was. How crazy is it for us to think that we're punishing anyone but ourselves by holding on to our stories of how we were hurt or wronged? For me, when it came down to it, it wasn't about letting someone or something off the hook, it was about letting myself off the hook. It was about freeing myself to live forwards.

What about you? Why do you do what you do? If you're HERE with something, but you want to be THERE, what stories are you believing that are keeping you HERE?

"I want to lose weight, but…"

"I'm not more organized, because…"

"I can't quit this job that I'm miserable in and do something I love, because…"

"That dream will never happen for me, because…"

We hold on so desperately to our reasons… to our stories… to our evidence for why things are the way they are - even though they're pulling us under… we kick and paddle and fight for them, though we're drowning beneath their weight. Something inside screams that it won't survive if we let go and we mistake that voice for our own, but it's only the past echoing up. Life is in the letting go.

"Life must be lived forwards, but it can only be understood backwards." - Søren Kierkegaard


(photo by: millervintage)

Find Your Greatness - Runner

on Monday, 06 August 2012. Posted in inspiration, overcome resistance, photo op

It's just something we made up
Somehow we've come to believe that greatness is a gift reserved for a chosen few...
for prodigies...
for superstars...
and the rest of us can only stand by watching.
You can forget that.

Greatness is not some rare DNA strand.
It's not some precious thing.
Greatness is no more unique to us than breathing.
We're all capable of it...
ALL of us.

Overcome: The Confrontation of Self

on Monday, 12 December 2011. Posted in overcome resistance

Someone wise once said that the true measure of a person's character is not who they are when things are good, easy or comfortable. Instead, the true measure of their character is who they are when they're being tested… when they're barely hanging on… when they're at their limit.

The type of training we take on and the atmosphere we train in often have a way of pushing us to our physical and mental limits.  There at the end of all we've YET been capable of is a mirror that's being held directly in front of us… a mirror that reflects those parts of ourselves that we do everything to hide, ignore & turn away from. There at the brink, we're confronted with our true selves. Who do you see there? Is it a person who will cheat yourself and others in order to win… cheat yourself and others so you don't come in last? Is it a person who can't genuinely be happy for anyone else's successes, especially if those successes are more than your own? Is it someone who quits or only gives half-hearted attempts? Is it someone who never fully commits so that you always have an excuse for why you're not where you could be? Is it a person who will try to derail someone else's attempt to rise out of their circumstance so they don't make you feel guilty about your own circumstance? Is it someone who always blames someone or something else for why you are where you are?

Who do you see there? Will you keep turning away or can you stand to face and then move beyond it?

Overcome: The Lure of Tomorrow

on Tuesday, 13 September 2011. Posted in inspiration, overcome resistance

I'll do it later.
I'll do it tomorrow.
I'll do it when I'm motivated.
I'll start next week.
I'll start on the first of the month.
I'll start at the first of the year.

What is it that gives us so much confidence in our future-self's ability to do the thing that we can't seem to get ourself to do right now? Is our future-self more motivated? More productive? More commited? Does tomorrow hold some power that today does not?

What happens when we arrive at that future date only to find that we're the same person we are right now... the same person who'd rather do it tomorrow?

If something is worthwhile, then why leave yourself an out like "later…" "tomorrow…" "when I'm motivated…" - what does motivation have to do with worthwhile things? Either it's worth it or it's not, and if it is, why not set fire to all of the things keeping you from doing it now?