For a year, in preparation to challenge the Phoenix 50, I trained my body to be stronger, more flexible, and more conditioned. I knew, at some point during the event, that my body would fail me. This is precisely why I spent time during that year training my mind. I would read books and articles. I would study video of other karateka who had completed similar challenges. I spent time visualizing fifty consecutive fights without distraction. I meditated. I created a plan, a strategy, breaking down the fifty fights into five-fight blocks; each with a slightly different focus.
There was one thought that continues to stand as a foundation in my training..."just one more". For those who know me well, you know that last year was a very difficult time for our family. My wife fought heroically through a high-risk pregnancy; eventually needing a complicated c-section in order to keep her and baby safe. Everyone was healthy, but baby needed a couple of weeks in the NICU before he was ready to come home. It's been a tough test, but "just one more" has helped so much.
Just one more day/night.
Just one more round.
Just one more mess to clean up.
Just one more appointment.
Just one more phone call.
Nearly my entire year of training for the Phoenix 50 was full of "just one more"...which made the actual event just a thing I had to do. Honestly, had my family not gone through such a trial...I don't know that I'd have had the mental toughness to do as well as I did. Seeing my wife and all of my sons in the crowd (including our littlest one) surely made the struggle more bearable:-)
So, for you...just one more. Break your challenge into smaller chunks. For those runners out there, you do this well. If you're at work...just one more hour until a break. For those in school today...just one more class until summer break is here. Set up smaller goals and crush them.
Just one more.
I'll also say in very plain talk that my wife is a hell of a lot tougher than I am.