Endure the Struggle
Many people have been asking me how to endure when things get really rough. How do you endure when the struggle begins to feel overwhelming? There is a workout I do where I run back and forth down a trail and after a few laps I start to really struggle and feel the pain but I push myself to endure the pain because I know that whenever we endure through the pain that strength is created.
Now, I do not know exactly what you have gone through when you are reading this but I can tell you this: Either you have been through hard times, you are going through hard times, or you will go through hard times. The storm is going to happen. I can promise you that, man. There will be a time in your life where you will feel like the pain and the struggle around you is just too much for you to handle and you will feel as if giving up is your only option, but you just have to keep pushing. If you have ever heard the phrase "no pain, no gain" then you might understand why. When you go through those moments where you feel helpless, or like you aren't good enough to do whatever it is you are trying to do or get through and you don't quit no matter what, that is where true strength comes from. Those are the defining moments that will turn you into the strong person you will be for the rest of your life.
So I know this might sound like a cop-out sort of advice, but it is not. The question is how to make the struggle easier, and the answer is that you don't. How do you get past the storm? You bear it. You weather it. You don't quit along the way. That is not to say that you won't fail because you will. You will fail a lot in your life when you go through struggles or hard times. It is only when you stop getting back up and trying again that you actually lose. Failures are not really failures. Quitters are failures. When you fail at first, as long as you get back up, you are just a winner who hasn't finished winning quite yet.
My advice to the question of how to make the struggle easier is really just to become friends with the pain. Become friends with the struggle. When you feel the pain coming on you should start to get excited because that means that you are getting better and stronger than you were before. If you can start to endure and even embrace the struggle then your life will become immeasurably better and smoother. The harder you push yourself through the pain, the easier all the normal mundane things of life become. They say that after you run a marathon then getting up early, or washing the dishes, or writing a paper becomes so much easier because you have struggled so much more so normal struggles feel comparatively smaller. So endure the struggle, and befriend the pain.
It all starts with you.