Obstacle Immunity

“Spartans refer to this readiness as ‘obstacle immunity,’ meaning an ability to move past, around, through, or over whatever life places in their path. In the races, we’ll position a mud pit, a greased wall, and other physical challenges in the way of racers—but, whatever the obstacle, its purpose goes beyond just trying to trip someone up and challenge them with thirty burpees. These obstacles are metaphors for the obstacles we all encounter as we move through life. A cancer diagnosis is an obstacle. A pink slip is an obstacle. A broken marriage is an obstacle. Life sends them our way in an endless procession.”

– Joe De Sena with John Durant from Spartan Fit!

Obstacle immunity. What a great concept and mindset to develop for conquering life’s obstacles. Too often we look at the obstacle as the excuse to not live out our dreams, or of not losing weight or of not seeking that job promotion. Too often our self talk is negative and uses an obstacle as a point of reference for not moving forward.

In another great book, The Obstacle is the Way, Ryan Holiday echos this same wisdom: “Whatever we face, we have a choice: Will we be blocked by obstacles, or will we advance through and over them? We might not be emperors, but the world is still constantly testing us. It asks: Are you worthy? Can you get past the things that inevitably fall in your way? Will you stand up and show us what you’re made of?”

Let’s begin today to strive for better self-talk, for training hard physically to become stronger, for reading personal development everyday to train our minds to see all obstacles as just a series of obstacles to be overcome, moved past, around and through. Let us resolve today to become better Americans and better people and move 1% closer to obtaining “obstacle immunity”


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