Practicing challenging things in life and in work is something I often do and it's something I highly recommend.
I'm starting to understand it's a mindset and a way of life. You see, the more we see ourselves doing challenging things - the more we believe we can do other and even more challenging things.
Yesterday while mountain bike riding with my husband John Griffiths and two of our trail riding buddies, I was thinking about this. We ticked off 17.5 miles and 3,383 ft of vert.
During today's ride - pictured here - I thought about it again, so here I am sharing in case it is helpful to any of you.
On the bike I am constantly practicing challenging things: crazy climbs, steep descents, technical features, not braking, keeping up with rowdy trail buddies and my speedy husband. It's not easy. It can be scary. It can be fun. Sometimes I crash. That's definitely not fun. But I keep practicing because it makes it the experiences more familiar; it makes me better and it's more fun.
Once again, off the bike is not too different. Off the bike I'm constantly practicing challenging things: hosting a weekly podcast, exercising my voice about things that matter to me, pitching new business, coming up with innovative marketing and partnerships strategies and creative concepts, leading and mentoring others, evolving myself. It's not easy. It can be scary. It can be fun. Sometimes I miss or fail or lose. That's definitely not fun. But I keep practicing because it makes the experiences more familiar; it makes me better and it's more fun.
Practicing challenging things is one way to help get ourselves moving - unstuck - improving - and on to bigger and better heights and things.
👉 A question we can continue to ask ourselves: What challenging things are we practicing?