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The Unseen Benefit Of Tough Times

OPINION

 

What is the hardest thing you've ever done or been through?

What is something that you've always wanted to do but haven't for what ever reason(s)?

What if I told you that whatever you've been through so far in life has equipped and prepared you in a way that you have what it takes to start what you've  been afraid of starting.

Let me explain.

by Jan Zabawski  I     23 December 2020

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Even though I've played at a decent level in both Rugby League and Rugby Union and competed in CrossFit, Weightlifting & Strongman, the hardest thing I've EVER done (currently doing) by far is becoming (being) a husband and father.

While I was running Zealous CrossFit with my family for 8 years, on numerous occasions I had heard comments from family and friends about how hard it must have been to start a business on a shoestring budget and without no formal business education and little experience.

I have always felt that it was hard but the  challenges that came my way varied depending on my age (maturity), what was happening in my life, my ever changing goals and overall vision of what I wanted for Zealous CrossFit.

For me, running the gym gradually became harder the more I grew and learned along the way about behind the scenes. It was almost like my naivety in the first few years was a blessing in some ways and a curse in others.

Starting a business with my family has given me a certain confidence in myself and helped me grow in many ways. At times, it was the hardest thing I had ever endeavoured until I got married and had two kids.

Moving on was hard, very hard for many reasons. Mainly because I had invested so much of my life into that place.

I guess from the outside, a business or that thing that you wanna start or step away from could seem overwhelming and maybe it is to some extent but so is getting married and having kids, yet so many people aren't as afraid of making that step in life.

2020 has been brutal for so many, some have  been through tougher times in the past. Whatever the case is for you, it is most likely something harder than the thing you fear starting or stepping away from.

You are equipped enough to figure out your situation and overcome it.

As I look back to when the "tough times" in my life were preparing me for the next step before, I wonder what the current "tough times" in my life is getting me ready for next?

I encourage anyone whoever has a sleeping dream or has lost sight of their vision that your toughest times and darkest moments so far has prepared you for this moment and your first step forward. 2020 was weird, like real weird. We don't know what 2021 has in store for us but whatever unravels you/we/I have the strength, tools & experience to adapt and overcome.

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