In Love With The Struggle

In love with the struggle

The Wednesday to Thursday transition is always the most challenging of my week.

A full day of work bleeds into an early evening weight workout. Then, it’s off to a seminar series I attend on Wednesday nights.

By the time I get home, it’s almost 11pm.

Thursday morning, my alarm clock still goes off at 4:30am. Sometimes I snooze til 5am. Or like yesterday, crawl into bed with Collin because he started jabbering, at 5:05.

At 6am, I head to my weekly men’s discussion group at church. Then, it’s back to the gym for a cardio workout, before making my way to the office.

It’s taxing. No doubt. And I love it.

In fact, Wednesday evening into Thursday morning is often the highlight of my week.

But it’s a sacrifice. A big one.

And not just my own.

As I am focused on building, on connecting, on self improvement, my family makes the same sacrifice.

That’s not lost on me.

Fortunately I married well. I’m blessed to have a partner who understands what’s important to me. How it all fits into the bigger picture.

This pace, this season, this continuous climb … is not sustainable forever. For now though, it’s the commitment I’ve made.

Thursday morning, in my haste, I made a decision to hop on the stair climber. Had I known how tough the workout would be, I surely would have chosen something else.

By the time I ‘got it’ though, I was pot committed.

I wanted to quit, dozens of times. My quads screaming at me. Just stop! And in those moments, I’d look down at my feet and keep telling myself, “The next step … just the next step.”

A few steps later, I’d climbed 150 floors.

Too often, we find ourselves at the foot of a massive mountain or the base of a 150-floor staircase. The climb seems impossible.

And it is … with that mindset.

It’s so easy to get ahead of ourselves. In reality though, all that matters is that next step.

As I wrote about on Tuesday, greatness or success or however you want to frame it — is not a result. It is a choice.

A choice, in the moment.

On Monday afternoon, I had the privilege of interviewing Mark Heaps. His podcast episode will go live on Tuesday. A fascinating story.

You will enjoy it.

He said something that stuck with me.

“Persistence is the truest test of patience. You will never run out of dreams, ambitions or desires but you will run out of patience. The mountain doesn’t change when you are climbing it, you get tired. And when you do … when you are ready to give up, you have to ask yourself, what is it going to take for me to persist with this?”

In that moment, you have a choice to make: am I committed or am I just interested?

I don’t know about you but I am committed.

Unwaveringly so.

I am in love with the struggle.

And with that mindset, in the moment, I know there is only one path to take. The path forward.

The next step is the only one that matters.

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Ryan France

Ryan France is a native of Austin Texas, father of two, super-early riser, avid reader, admitted podcast junkie & bulletproof coffee addict. In a past life, France was an aspiring professional baseball player. Today, Ryan is an entrepreneur, author and relentless innovator of the real estate industry. Read more on the "Who is Ryan?" page.