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Past the Pain

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“Pain is weakness leaving your body.”  This was my coach’s reasoning every time I would come to him whining, complaining, or even questioning him at the end of every intense work out.  He would always tell me that if I wanted to grow and mature as an athlete I had to push past the pain – no matter how much it hurt.

This mentality is not just applicable to track & field, the same holds true when dealing with life. It’s easy to do the same routine over and over again without growth. Your mind and body knows when you walk on a flat surface vs. when you take on an elevated surface. It’s a distinct difference walking on a flat surface; it’s almost a mindless activity because you do it so much. But when you decide to tackle the elevated surface your mind and body must stay focused to overcome the pain and challenge.

Growth is simply uncomfortable. Growth in a person takes discipline. When it’s hard for you to sacrifice a guilty pleasure or putting extra time in your company it means you’re stretching yourself beyond your normal limit, which at first may be a bit of a shock. After a while what was once a battle for you will now become a part of your routine. Don’t look at it as a challenge or negative. Once you overcome each trial and it’s now part of your lifestyle, you will continue to grow by climbing new building blocks.  At the end of the day you’ll look back on your life and see how far you’ve come mentally, emotionally and physically.

Push past the pain!

Miracles & Blessings,

Ellisa Oyewo

As a New York City storyteller, filmmaker, digital content creator, and PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.

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