When the difficulty switches

Since being back from the US (October 8), I’ve been doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu almost every day (except Sundays).

And it’s hard.

I’ve never been so sore.

But I remember back to when I started in the gym. Or when I started programming. Or when I started writing.

In the beginning it’s a battle. You’re hurting, your brain’s exhausted and there’s still so much to learn.

Then you start to pick up a few things.

You reach little milestones. And set new ones for yourself.

After a while the difficulty starts to switch.

Eating well all the time still isn’t the easiest habit to maintain.

Writing a great article is a still a challenge.

And working out every day is still hard.

But it’s harder if you don’t do it.

You know how good it feels to finish a hard session and how proud you are when someone enjoys a piece of your work.

All of a sudden, it’s easier to work out than not. It’s easier to eat well than not. And the words start writing themselves.

I have to keep reminding myself of this. Especially when I’m tired, sore and not really feeling like going to Jiu Jitsu training. Or when I’m stuck on a programming problem.

Eventually the difficulty switches. And getting better is inevitable.

It’s 9:10 pm. Training is at 6:00 am tomorrow. I can’t wait.

Better get to sleep.