When it really matters, the only way out is through…

Go ahead, jump!

My secret guilty pleasure every Tuesday when I can afford the downtime, is The Biggest Loser. The irony is not lost on me: two hours, sedentary, in front of the TV, watching people of ample carriage sweat and scream and puke. It’s almost too much…

This past Tuesday, the whittled down group was in New Zealand doing what people do when they go to New Zealand: bungee jumping. Watching contestant after contestant suck it up and hurl themselves off hypoxia-inducing bridges got me thinking… that’s nuts. And that’s the way to do it.

When faced with a challenge, especially one we fear, like sickening heights or a big change, most humans, this one included, tend to look for alternatives. Duck and cover? Run away? Go around it, over it, under it? Very rarely is our first response to just go through it. I’ve heard that old chestnut a million times: “it’s not a hill I’m willing to die on.” And certainly, there are many hills that aren’t worth the sacrifice. But the ones that are – and we’re smart enough to know which ones are – deserve our full attention and our greatest effort.

When it really matters, the only way out is through.