Building your super power: 14 Lessons from endurance training – Part 2 of 4

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4. Hard work becomes its own reward

It’ll start showing results soon enough. You’ll just need the patience to reach that stage. And when it does, all the hard work you put into it will become it’s own reward. You’ll smile and feel proud of yourself when you will see your strava stats (sports stats) at the end of the month/ year. Or when you see your language app telling you that you’ve learned a 1000 new words in the year. When you know you can write code which only looked like magic till now – whoa, this is ME! I’ve created magic. When you’ll walk out of that negotiation meeting by creating a win for all involved. And then you’ll be amazed at where you’ve reached.

You’ll see your name in the list of athletes one day. You’ll think a marathon was only for “athletes” and you weren’t one. Guess what…

It’ll be a matter of pride. It’ll be worth it. And all it requires is patience to reach that stage.

5. You start enjoying the motions

You’ll see your finisher medal, the dream job coming your way, your partner telling you how you inspire them. That’s the day you’ll realize that going through the motions is fun. You’ll want to do more and more of it. And that’s the day you’ll realize it’s your superpower.

6. Those before and after contrasts are priceless

Slowly, you’ll start seeing improvements. Then will come a day when you realize you’re running a marathon and at a pace you could only dream of (or couldn’t even dream of). You’ll realize you’re talking in a new language effortlessly. You’re writing code and solving business problems as if it was always in you. Your team members will look up to you as their mentor. You’ll be the leader, as effortlessly as you drink water. That’s the day you’ll look back and say wow. I did this. That’s the day you’ll notice the drastic improvement in everything you do in your life. This is where your before and after picture will show you the incredible you.

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