“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” — Will Durrant, American writer, historian, and philosopher
This morning I held a plank position on my elbows for four minutes. As the timer on my phone counted down to zero, my whole body shook, and sweat dripped from my forehead. I could have stopped, but I didn’t. I stayed in that plank position, with my body in a straight line for every second of those four minutes. Then I dropped my knees, yelled out in pain, and rolled onto my back. I lay there for a few minutes, my heart rate slowing, and my back leaving a sweat-angel on the floor.
Planks used to be really hard for me. I hated doing them, and I often could not hold a plank for more than 30 seconds or a minute. Over the past 13 days, I have increased my plank time from 60 seconds to four times as long. My core has gotten stronger, but more importantly my will power and determination have strengthened. I have been increasing by 15 seconds per day, and I should get to five minutes in four more days. Then I will stay there.
I will probably then do a five-minute plank every day for the rest of my life. And it will get easier and easier. My body and mind will adapt until a five minute plank will feel almost effortless. I will have become someone who can effortlessly do a five-minute plank. There are not many people in the world who can do that. In a small way, I will have become something different, something stronger, something closer to my ideals. And it will help me in many other areas of my life.
As I’m reaching the middle of this current 30-day period, I’m starting to think about what I want to add to my lifestyle challenge for the next 30 days. I think about my list of now 75 goals, and I think about who and what I want to be. I know that I can add behaviors to my lifestyle challenge that I will perform every day, and which will hone me and shape me in the ways I choose.
I am in control of my destiny because I am in control of myself. I am the creator of the story of me. I can become anything. I am becoming super-human.
What are you becoming?