Marathoners know they can’t develop stamina by taking walks in the park.
It may be good for their health, and it may be an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon, but it’s not a sufficiently rigorous enough activity to move their story forward.
The only real way to build the strength of their physical constitution is by ratcheting up the intensity. By extending their practice level on an incremental level.
Even if it doesn’t seem like much in the moment, a mile here, a minute there, it still begins to accumulate over time.
Before they know it, all the small parts, false starts and broken hearts will fertilize and nourish the soil. Enabling them to bounce back in the wake of continued disappointment.
That’s the true gift of stamina. It inverts our mindset. We remember that life is not short, it is the longest thing we will ever do.
Perhaps winning, then, is less about running fast and more about sticking around.
If we are going to get good at anything, we may as well get good at not going away.
Because life is not a walk in the park. It is not an easy job that poses no difficulty.
Our job is to ratchet up that intensity just a little more each time. Trusting that our constitution will grow stronger and be available in our time of need.
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