How Can You Overcome A Challenge?

by Admin on October 4, 2011

Awards Ceremony

Awards Ceremony

During the tough economic times and events of the last few years, all of us have been challenged with very difficult circumstances. I write this blog post not to brag about my accomplishments, but rather to share how a team overcame a challenge and won. In the picture above (I’m third from the right), my team, Gut Check Fitness, finished first place in the 5-Person Male Division at the MCRD (Marine Corp Recruit Depot) Boot Camp Challenge. The race was approximately 3 miles long and is ridden with obstacles from the recruit course that the Marines use during training. This course perfectly mirrors challenges as well as easier moments in our lives. There were both simple, flat parts of the course and very challenging obstacles to climb over. In life, the road you travel is not always easy. You will be challenged with obstacles and difficulties. How do you get through them? Seek out mentorship from those who have overcome similar challenges. Take advice from people who can push you through those obstacles over which you never believed you could climb.
In order to finish the race, all team members had to cross the finish line at the same time. The only reason we won is because all of our team members were pushed by our coach and mentor farther than we ever thought we could go in our training. I tell this story because of an important lesson I have learned: you can’t overcome challenges alone. You need the support of teachers, mentors, or coaches. What challenges are you facing right now? Are they personal or professional in nature? Or both? Seek out help (It’s alright to ask for help). The best of the best do it. No one ever accomplished anything great alone, but only with a team with them or behind them.
My team consisted of guys from different backgrounds, races, cultures, and professions. We ranged from 30 to 53. There were many excuses we could have used to not give it our best. In the end, we won as a team, not as individuals. We couldn’t have done it without each other nor without our great mentor.
What challenges have you overcome? I would love to hear your story.
- J. Rob Handley

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John October 12, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Loved your inspiring message here! Always looking for something to help get me through!

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