I’ve been working out a lot lately and I’ve developed these calluses on my hands that really annoyed me. Every time I’m at the gym I look at the metal grips on these bars and dumbbells with their sadistically designed diamond patterns that dig into your hands and I wonder “why don’t they make these things more comfortable?”.
So I move over to the Nautilus machines instead and use their comfy rubber grips. Invariably however, after a few days of this, I make my way back over to grip the uncomfortable metal that rips open new blisters, makes me curse like a sailor, and generally question my sanity.
I’ve come to understand that I actually love my callused hands. They are constant reminders to me that I’m actually doing something. That I’m willing to take a tough and uncomfortable road because the destination is worth it. I want to reach the end of that road with some scars of adventure, something that leaves a lasting memory that an obstacle was overcome.
I’ve obviously delved far into a metaphor here if you haven’t noticed. Whether it’s business and clients, or my own personal life, I can’t help but believe that coming to ‘grips’ with what makes us uncomfortable by clearly defining the purpose of the destination has tremendous value. That taking the more difficult path on purpose has value.
We all have to have our sensitive skin torn away time and again before we can become inured to a ‘new normal’. It’s how we progress. It’s the tendency to protect ourselves from that process, and its accompanying challenges, that holds us back and makes us and our businesses less than we could be. Less than we deserve to be.
Sometimes we will reach our destination, sometimes we won’t. Sometimes the destination will come into sight and we’ll realize it wasn’t really what we wanted after all. But for gods sake let’s make some lasting memories along the journey, because unlike the destination the journey is the only thing you are guaranteed to achieve.
Happy New Year, Let’s go make some calluses
Matt Ridings – @techguerilla