What I learned doing the 75 hard challenge
- By candidasullivan
- January 25, 2023
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God put this challenge on my heart to do about a year before I did it. I started it a year ago but didn’t fully understand the rules. Then when I understood them, I wasn’t willing to do what it took to do the challenge. It seemed ridiculous to me.
But it kept nudging me. Whenever someone else posted about it or started it, I felt the tap on my heart to do it. One day God proposed a simple question that changed everything for me.
What if everything you want and pray for is on the other side of this challenge? Could you do it then?
As I nodded, I knew I would have to do the challenge. I resisted it so much. The first few days were brutal. Drinking a gallon of water was the most challenging part for me. My pelvis is twisted, and having a full bladder is uncomfortable.
Walking is one of the hardest things for me. It challenges my ankle since I don’t have the big toe to stabilize my foot. The program required two 45-minute workouts daily: indoor and outdoor. I was used to working out for an hour a day, five days a week, but with two workouts, no rest days, and 75 days of walking, I knew I would struggle.
But I also knew that I was going all in. I would crawl if I had to, but I wouldn’t give up. Then, God showed me the purpose of it all.
Overcoming challenges has always been part of my life. While I can overcome hard things, I don’t know how I do it. I just do it. So God slowed me down and took me through this challenge to show me the process. I journaled about it and started writing my book about developing the mindset of an overcomer.
Things I learned or remembered along the way.
- Strength comes from doing hard things. We can’t get stronger when things are easy.
- You don’t have to know how to do something to be able to start. Start and figure it out along the way.
- Planning is essential for a good life.
- Why we do things gives us the incentive to do them.
- Journaling is a beautiful way to help us focus on something.
- We don’t change things that we don’t measure or focus on.
- We find the time for things that are important to us.
- God wouldn’t put it on our hearts if we couldn’t do it.
- We can create energy through movement and emotion. It is possible to do things that we don’t want to do.
- Our thoughts can cause us to stumble or break through.
When we push through the pain, then we become stronger. My ankle hurt during the first few weeks. Every day I would ask God what I should do for my outdoor workout, and He would encourage me to walk. So I trusted the process, and the pain went away. I also completed a strength training program that had injured me previously.
Holding hands with God through our challenges and seeking His guidance is the greatest thing we can do. So often, I want to stop right before I have the breakthrough. But if we keep going and trust Him to do what is best for us, God will show us how to overcome every struggle.
I am so thankful that I trusted God and went all in on this program. It reminded me how wonderful it is to make progress, work hard, challenge myself, and overcome it all.
Have a beautiful day!
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