We ALL struggle! But, we all don’t have to ride the struggle bus.
No one wants to be on that bus, where we repeatedly keep messing up, quitting, not following through, or letting others down.
The struggle bus’s only destination is to the pity party, where no one shows up, but YOU!
Here are Three Simple Ways to Get Off The Struggle Bus
1) I immensely respect David Goggins. He’s an ultra-freak endurance athlete and the epitome of mental toughness. No matter what, he just keeps moving forward. He’ll run right off the struggle bus!
David Goggins was asked at a conference “how do you keep going through your extreme races?”
He answered “what-if.” He starts to ask “what if I can pull this off?” “what if I can keep going and overcome?”
I’ve always said “what-if” never happened. Too often we ask ourselves “what-if” and there isn’t an answer because we are focused on the past and NOT the future.
Most of the time when we ask “what-if”, we are trying to re-create our own past. And it’s fantasy.
Google “what-if never happened” and see what pops up. Hundreds of scenarios that simply didn’t happen and the possible outcomes from these hypothetical events. (i.e. what-if 9/11 didn’t happen? OR what-if we caught that touchdown?)
But Goggin’s strategy of “what-if” is focused on the future!!
James Altucher asks us to wake up asking the questions of “what-if.” He states- When you start with “What if?” you start with questions instead of answers.
2) Jesse Itzler, who actually had Goggins move in with him for a month (Read: Living With A Seal) has a similar strategy.
He tells himself “remember tomorrow!”
Remember tomorrow how you’ll feel if you give up and stop? Remember tomorrow if you don’t finish and push-through! Focusing on who we want to be will get us off the struggle bus!
Both of these mantras are focused on the future and who we want to become!
3) One of my favorite lines from the Rocky Movies (and there are a ton) is from Rocky III. Apollo Creed is training Rocky in this movie and while Rocky is dealing with the typical battle against himself, Apollo drops some wicked knowledge on him.
There Is NO Tomorrow
So true, because if we approach every day like it is our last, then we leave nothing to chance and seize this day and this moment for all it is worth…Perhaps we need to start treating everyone else like it’s THEIR last day. If we can help other people get off the struggle bus, then we will get off of ours! NO ONE Gets There ALONE!
Repeat any of these mantras to yourself when struggling and need to get off of that bus!