A few weeks ago, while I stood completely exhausted, huffing and puffing for air (and not alone) while at an early morning hockey practice, our coach said to us all quite succinctly…
“Why are you always practicing what you can do and not what you can’t do?”
What we can do is the easy stuff, the stuff we’ve gotten better at over the years, the stuff that we can do in our sleep but still when we get to the office is the stuff we dive into first because we can do it, we know how to do it, we have it in spades.
What we can’t do is the hard stuff, the stuff that challenges us and pushes us down, makes us feel like we aren’t good enough, smart enough or fit enough. It’s the stuff that really, really frustrates us – think of the kid throwing their kleats into the closet after a bad game of soccer.
But doing what we don’t want to do, what we stay away from is exactly how we turn it into the stuff that we can do so we can do more of what we can’t do.
I say “stuff” because it’s anything, sports, work, fun, office, etc.
Now back to huffing and puffing.