This is like an extra dose of Prep Talk for the day!
I've mentioned before that I used to dance and I even used to do gymnastics briefly in elementary school. I'm not sure why, but I'm fairly certain that I'm more flexible now than I was then. I'm also not sure why I'm so obsessed with being flexible. I love being able to touch my toes. (I can even put my hands flat on the ground while standing... which may or may not be simply due to having short legs.)
Recently, I've been even more obsessed with becoming more flexible. I have (admittedly) bizarre goals regarding flexibility, including getting my splits back. Yes, the goals are pretty pointless... but I've got it in my head that this is something I want to accomplish.
The crazy thing though is that it has me thinking a lot about "flexibility" in general. Not just the Cirque du Soleil contortionists kind, but being flexible about life.
You know how one of the standard interview responses is to say, "Yes, I am hardworking and very flexible." I used to think that saying you were flexible meant being able to do lots of different kinds of tasks and being okay with changing plans at the last minute. Or working in an environment where things changed rapidly. I think this is still a great quality to have. But since I've taken on my literal flexibility training, I've realized that there's more to it.
Being flexible may be the end result, but there's a lot of work that leads up to it. And you can constantly become more and more and more flexible with hard work. There's definitely something to learn from this concept and it can be applied to real life situations, especially in the workplace. I've seen it absolutely first hand with myself too!
Let's say, for example, that I am four inches away from being able to touch my toes. If every day I only go down as far as I think I can go... I'll never get any closer to touching. I'll remain four inches away forever. But, if every day I push a little bit farther down (even though it's uncomfortable), I will eventually be three... then two... than one... inch away until one day my fingers graze my toes.
Relating back to real life: it's really easy to never push yourself. Let's face it, it's comfortable. But you will experience absolutely zero growth. I'm actually convinced that you'll probably regress because you're so comfortable that you may become a little sloppy or lazy as a result.
Incremental changes will lead to BIG results in the long run.
Yes, you'll have to suffer a little bit. It's uncomfortable. You're pushing yourself to new limits that you've never reached before. But you're making yourself better. YOU are in control of your own personal growth!!! I mean, really... how awesome is that?
(Warning: Don't push yourself too hard, too fast! Just like how you could injure yourself by over-stretching... you can do negative damage if you try to do too much all at once!)