On Being Kicked Out of American Ninja Warrior & the Obstacle of Life

One of my Radiance Retreat sistahs, Janelle Pica, was pegged by the producers of American Ninja Warrior to test for the show. How crazy awesome is that?!

The test was in Philly. Since I am only a half hour away, the decision to go cheer her on was a no brainer. On this very hot and sunny afternoon, my son and I headed across the bridge, excited to see Janelle, and to see American Ninja Warrior up close and personal. 

Shortly after we arrived, we found Janelle. As I waved to her, a man came up to me and said, "It concerns me that you don't have a wrist band." I explained that we were there to cheer on a friend. Well, apparently this was only for testers. No spectators allowed.

Damn. My son and I were kicked out of American Ninja Warrior! So I hugged Janelle, wished her luck, and headed back across the Delaware River.

Janelle wrote a blog post about her experience. You can read it here. Please do. 

I think obstacle races and competitions that are popular today are metaphors for the obstacles we face in life. Each of us, everyday, face something that makes it harder to reach the place we strive to go. Some of us face these obstacles with determination, while some of us see them as insurmountable. Why is that?

I think it all boils down to mindset. Our mindset is shaped by our experiences, our families, and the people with whom we surround ourselves. For example, if you surround yourself with downers and complainers, you are more apt to be down and complain. Life's a bitch and then you die.  Also, if you watched your family struggle, live life cynically, complain about the struggles in life and never really live life to the fullest, you may find you are more cynical and have trouble looking at struggles as opportunities.

The struggles and obstacles we face are really opportunities. Hard to believe, right? Think about it. How else do we grow? If we never have an obstacle, big or small, how can we ever experience success? 

I grew up insecure and with a cynical attitude. "Life's a bitch and then you die" and "I can't" were my mottos. I felt like I had no talent, wasn't really smart enough, was too shy, and doomed to live a life of "meh". 

When I went to NPTI to become a trainer, I began to see that I really was smart. As a working trainer, I knew I knew my stuff, but I still couldn't seem to get anywhere. Clients were few and far between. Most people were signing up with trainers who had less knowledge than I. I was so frustrated I almost threw in the towel! Then I saw a quote in an email "The obstacle is the path." 

I know I have mentioned this Zen proverb many times, but this really changed things for me! I'm not a quote person, but at my lowest point, this quote helped to change my mindset from "I can't" to "Why can't I?" and "I can!". Because of this quote, I was able to see that all of the obstacles I faced were really ME. I kept myself from moving forward and succeeding. Wow! That was such a freeing and empowering realization! To know that you really do hold the key to your life can change everything.

Changing my mindset to "I can" has led me to begin my own business, which is growing. It has led me to become friends with some amazing fitness professionals, well known and not as well known. Changing my mindset has opened my eyes to the beauty of the world. 

I guess what I am really trying to say is look at the obstacles you face not as punishment from God, not as something that should stomp you down. Rather, look at obstacles as something from which to learn great things! Look at them as a means to opening doors to great opportunities and an amazing life! Nothing great comes without hard work. The obstacles you face are where your hardest work needs to come in and where your greatest rewards can be revealed. 

If you are having trouble overcoming your obstacles, come join us StrongGirl Revolution! We provide the guidance and support to make you stronger, healthier, help you move better, and, of course, help you overcome those obstacles. Feel free to contact me at info@stronggirlrevolution.com if you have any questions about our program.

;) Nancy

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