Have you ever wished for a second wind 💨? I'm there now and on a call last night w/ @carolynmahboubi_coach, she shared her writing on the topic:
"When we set a big goal for ourselves, it’s a given that at some point in the journey we hit a wall. Whether that’s physical exhaustion on the trails, emotional exhaustion in a relationship, or mental exhaustion at work, it’s going to happen. If it doesn’t, then our goal isn’t big enough and it’s not worthy of its mission to push the edges of our potential.
When we hit that seemingly dead-end moment, we hope for a second wind. I say hope because it’s at these times we are humbled by the understanding that this is not something we can force into being through more doing and a bigger effort. A second wind is given to us by an unknown force; call it whatever resonates with you. It’s a gift and, what many refer to as, grace. We can’t create it ourselves, it comes out of nowhere and it transforms our present moment.
What I share here is a formula for becoming more susceptible to the grace that gives us the gift of the second wind. It involves simultaneously taking two seemingly contradictory actions; surrendering while not giving up. Many of us have come to believe that surrendering is another definition for giving up, and so we resist the idea that we can do both.
Surrender is defined as ceasing resistance to an enemy or opponent. Nowhere does it say that if we surrender, we give up and remove ourselves from the path. I allow myself to experience the humility of being human in a moment and a condition that is so much bigger than myself. I allow for compassion to settle into my bones, & I intentionally orient myself towards gratitude.
The next component of increasing the chances of experiencing the second wind, is the practice of not giving up; of staying on the path. For me this looks like putting one foot in front of the other. If running feels totally inaccessible, then I walk. If walking hurts, I rest and focus on my breathing. At some point, I stand up and take a step and another & another. And almost always, the second wind comes, like a gift from above, but also because I allowed it” ❤️