Have you ever fallen into the not enough trap? Didn’t train “hard enough.” Didn’t eat “healthy enough.” Will never be "strong enough", "fast enough", or "tough enough".
I am talking about the little voice inside of us that sometimes whispers, "not enough." This voice leaves us fearing the unknown and rips us of our innate courage, leaving us with self doubt. I have this voice. And am guilty of falling into this trap.
At 22 I have had a lot of successes. With these successes have come a lot of failures. It’s that little whisper inside my head that often sounds more like a scream that leaves me asking “what’s next?” Even after I have just accomplished something incredible. And the more I accomplish the, louder it gets.
As endurance athletes, we are driven individuals. Our strengths usually include being driven to push ourselves past perceived or previous limits. These strengths can often be our greatest weaknesses. And we need to be careful. What has always been my biggest strength has also, always been my greatest weakness.
When will enough be enough? When will that bar stop rising and you will have finally reached the peak of enough? I believe that this peak is a personal peak for everyone. For me, I wont reach it today, and probably not tomorrow. Though each day I am learning why staying true to my “why” as I reach out for new goals and push my personal boundaries will help me from falling into the not enough trap.
Here are a few questions I will leave you with to think about as you continue to climb the mountain for “enough”
- Your 'Why' - Why does this goal matter so much for you? What desires and beliefs are driving you towards this goal
-What do you fear will happen if you don’t reach that goal?
-What will you gain from this goal?
Whether you choose to share you WHY with someone, or keep it to yourself, always remember to stay true to your why, as you continue to test your strength and push your personal boundaries in all areas your life.
"Everything you need is already inside. Just do it! " -Bill Bowerman