“Effort is one of those things that give meaning to life. Effort means you care about something, that something is important to you and you are willing to work for it.” -Carol Dweck
Challenges are the ever present hurdles of life. When we overcome them we feel good. When you hustled your butt off all week to make the rent, you are rewarded with that wonderful feeling of accomplishment. Thomas Edison broke 1,000 lightbulbs on his way to inventing the lightbulb. There are countless challenges that can all add up to an increased belief in oneself and self worth, something that we all deserve to feel if we are willing to work for it, and work hard. Getting out of bed early in the morning, resisting temptation to eat your favorite fattening foods, exercising on days you don’t feel like it. These will all lead to a greater sense of pride and self respect. Although this may all sound like 0.0 fun.. our desire to be respected is a necessary component of human psychology. If it weren’t.. Why else would we run marathons, dangerously climb cliffs, make our way up mount Everest or do any of these things that require tremendous sacrifice? Would we have even made it to the moon? Relax “flat earthers”… Additionally, many psychologists will recommend that their clients who suffer from depression should form a daily routine which involves exercise if you are able. Which brings us back to the importance of experiencing successes every day great or small. It can start with making your bed in the morning before you start to accomplish other little tasks like waking up on time, doing breathing exercises before making coffee or brushing your teeth. By the time you’ve been up a couple hours you might have done a dozen or more things already which puts you in a better frame of mind and body to get more out of your day.
“Do the things which make you strong. Stop doing the things which make you weak (unless you want to be weak).” -Jordan Peterson