It struck me as I wiped the sweat from my face, what am I doing by setting these limits on myself? What I want to focus on today, and what I want to shine a light on, is that I have been harboring a deeply limiting belief about what my standards should be. In any case, I want to emphasize this – if you don’t know where you’re aiming, or why you are aiming there, you are likely to hit arbitrary targets. Yes, this may lead to a surprise of sorts, but don’t be surprised when you reflect and realize that you have completely missed all of the targets you had hoped to hit.
The Navy PRT is a physical fitness assessment that measures your ability to complete a 1.5 mile run, a 2-minute effort of maximum push-ups, and a 4-minute effort for a plank hold. The PRT Fitness Standards are posted in every fitness facility. The easiest way to break those down is that they reflect a spectrum of what a person of your gender and age, at your altitude, coincidentally, should be able to perform. The Outstanding High Score for a run for a male between the ages of 24-29 would be a time of 08:55, while the Satisfactory Medium Score for a run for a male between the ages of 24-29 would be only 13:45.
What struck me is that I strive for a time of 08:55. During every training session, I set sights on meeting that goal. I am ambitious, driven, committed to excellence, so I want to score the best. But why do I limit myself to 08:55? That’s the question that sort of struck me a bit today. In a sense, I am agreeing that that time is representative of a score that is uncommon and excellent for a person of my age and gender. But who decides these measurements, and what are they truly indicative of?
To me, these measurements are the bar. But if you want to raise the bar, then 08:55 should be your absolute slowest time for this event. 84 Push Ups in 2-minutes should be the absolute lowest score for that event. For the forearm plank, go until Failure. The excellence of others should be your floor, not your ceiling. So change that perspective and measure yourself uncommonly.
Now fear is another thing that is relative and entirely perspective-based. But the perspective is lost in the shuffle, and it is mistaken when fear sits right in front of you. A problem that you are just facing seems larger when you first encounter, but once you give it thought and break it down to its essence, it’s shadow dwindles. The deconstruction of your own fears may seem like a daunting task, but follow the trail of turtles and you will find the sea.
A particular fear that haunts me is the fear of cold water, but if I were to score this fear I would only give it a score of 3 out of 10. I am much more afraid of perhaps losing a loved one to cancer, things that I haven’t experienced but imagine would bring immeasurable pain. That nets a score of 7. So, the question to ask, when confronting fear is is it really that bad? Evaluate your response, then act as you desire.
Thank you to those who take the time to read through these posts and ideas. As I continue to build the habit of consistency, I am learning more about the importance of continuing forth and exploring the ideas that arise from my life experiences.