At some point in your life you were badass. Yup, everyone has a moment or two where they were tough.
Toughness comes in many different forms. It isn’t always relegated to physical prowess or fighting ability. On the contrary, mental toughness is more common AND everyone has the ability to dig it out of themselves.
Now, maybe you aren’t giving yourself enough credit. You never played football, took karate, ran a tough mudder, crushed beer cans off your head (stupid….not tough) or any of those macho endeavors. But, at some point, you were tough.
Maybe you gave birth (crazy, super, insanely tough) or worked your ass off to bring up your grades in school. Maybe you stood up to the bully or, better yet, controlled your rage and didn’t give in to jealousy, hate and anger. Maybe you worked a ton of overtime and saved to buy a house or struggled but came up with the money for your kids to have a great Christmas. Maybe you forgave someone that had wronged you. Maybe you comforted someone who needed it. Maybe you stayed up all night taking care of a sick child. Maybe you were scared to death to give a presentation but found a way to overcome that fear. Maybe you risked embarrassment but asked the cute girl out anyways.
These are all badass, tough actions. And you have done them.
The reason I am bringing this up is because you can’t learn from something you haven’t acknowledged. You have to give yourself credit that you do indeed know how to be badass, before you can evaluate the process and recreate it.
So, if you are struggling in any area of your life, I want you to remember a time when you were a total badass. How did that happen? What were you thinking? How were you feeling? How did you get yourself to do the things you did?
Once you find the reasons, you need to apply them to the situation you are struggling in now.
If you were able to stay up all night taking care of your sick child, ask yourself why? Love….right? That child is more important than your own needs, right? You need to approach your new problem with the same fervor you approached all those other moments when you were badass.
You have to make it important to you. Doing cardio needs to be more important than hitting the snooze button and getting 20 more minutes of sleep. Food shopping needs to be more important than watching Sports Center. The gym needs to be frequented more than the bar.
These are just fitness examples but this approach can be used in any area of your life.
Find your inner badass. It’s in there, trust me. It may have cobwebs on it……but it is there. When you unleash it you will feel a rush that has been missing from your life for a while. It will rejuvenate you. It will lift your spirits. It will give you hope and strength. It will give you purpose and make you feel alive again.
Tell me your badass story. I would love to hear it.