There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.
~ Woody Hayes

Life struggle isn’t always fun, but it sure is a good teacher. Hard work tests us, but it also shows us what we’re made of. And we’re stronger than we give ourselves credit for. The next time you’re slogging it out wondering “Why me?” look for the lesson. It’s always there.

Tough it out knowing that the work will only make you stronger, smarter, and a heck of a lot more capable. And that’s worth the effort. #YeahYouCan

Watch the 2011 classic video below, or read the transcript that follows for a fun example of this. The message is simple, and it’s a good reminder to embrace a bit of hard work every now and then. It’s character building.

This is my mountain bike. This is me on my mountain bike. And these are some of the lessons that my mountain bike has taught me.

    1. Sometimes, the only option is to work hard. Seriously.
    2. Sometimes, the best views are at the top.
    3. And sometimes, the best route is not the direct one. Ah! Here we go. Whoo!
    4. Sometimes, you just need to let go of the brakes to stay in control. Whoo!

Cycling legend, Gary Klein, once said:

“Mountain biking is about adventure and the rediscovery of your childhood freedom. It removes you from the daily grind and puts you in an environment with endless possibilities; wildlife, epic views, a personal epiphany about what really matters, and tasting your own endorphins after a long, hard climb. The reward is looking back at obstacles that are now behind you and feeling like anything’s possible.”

Overcoming obstacles, it’s just one more way for you to get energy now. That was fun. My legs are already jelly.

Michelle Cederberg, CSP, MKin, BA Psyc

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