Challenge Yourself

8 01 2008

It’s been quite some time since I have really challenged myself.  Now that I think about it, the last time I really did was back in school.  My High School was full of overachievers, so I was forced to challenge myself just to keep up with everyone. However, nowadays, as a man with a stable career and a family, it’s almost as if I don’t have time to challenge myself.  But I know that isn’t the case; there is always time, you just have to find it: and you might not like the truth about where you find the time).

The reason I bring this topic to light is that I recently decided that I would try to improve my racquetball skills by entering myself into a league at my gym.  My initial thought was that I will enroll into the lowest league and see how well I do. I guess the plan was to move on to the next league after I start to slaughter everyone else on a regular basis. But, last week, I was notified of a snag in my plan: they weren’t going to play on the days that fit my schedule. At this point, my options were:

1) Withdraw my registration

2)  Sign up in the next league up

So, after some hesitation, I realized that I should just bite the bullet and sign up for the next league higher. I’m not exactly a beginner at racqetball, but I’m certainly not an expert either, so maybe it does fit. However, I started to think: what’s the worst that will happen if I do sign up for the next league up? Well, probably I will lose every game. Big deal. What will I gain by every loss? Everything. I will learn by playing other players and other styles on a regular basis. I can ask other people questions about their game if I see something that is questionable.

The bottom line is that even if I lose every game in the higher league, I can only get better by playing people who are better at the sport than I current am.

Just remember, whenever something comes up that seems to be beyond your current capabilities, you so much more to gain by trying and failing than by not trying at all. And to think, I had almost forgotten this lesson.