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I did something quite bold early this week and signed up for the ultimate Spartan challenge. This Spartan challenge will be a test of will, commitment, focus, and my ability to endure ridiculous levels of discomfort.
On the surface this won’t sound appealing to most, and that’s okay. In fact, it is because of the ‘off-putting’ difficulty that resides within this challenge, that I decided it must be done.
Preparing to take on this challenge will not be fun. In fact, it will be very hard, it will be grueling, but ultimately, it will be defining.
So what is this ultimate Spartan challenge I speak of?
It was around the end 2014 when I decided to sign up for my very first obstacle course race (also known as an OCR). I decided to sign up for the Spartan Race in particular, because I heard from friends how amazingly difficult it was while at the same time, being extremely fulfilling if completed.
It sounded a lot like life, difficult at times, but extremely fulfilling during and at the end of the journey.
So, I made up my mind one night to sign up for and participate in the most grueling, physically challenging OCR race on the planet.
As luck would have it, signing up was actually one of the best things I did for my life at the time. When I signed up I was 33, had one kid and another on the way, while struggling to get my new internet startup up and running. You could say that life seemed pretty stressful at the time.
On top of the stress, I wasn’t exercising as routinely as I’d liked. I was consuming unhealthy food regularly, and in general, I just wasn’t feeling very inspired, and life was seemingly getting the best of me.
I recently came across an older, but still relevant article the other day that suggested that the key to happiness was self-control.
I was struck by the article; particularly because it had brought to light a different key to happiness than I’ve been accustomed to hearing for most of my life: The kind of secrets to happiness that we are all pretty much accustomed to hearing, you know; be more grateful, be present, get some supportive friends, have some goals to aspire to, focus on your health, or make more money.
The article I read was published by the Atlantic, and was essentially a synopsis of a study conducted in 2013 by Wilhelm Hoffman and a team of researchers at the University of Chicago. The research was published in the Journal of Personality, so if you are interested in…