My6inchchallenge's Blog

Tackling difficulties and overcoming the challenges life serves up – by Dona Halliday

Tackling difficulties and overcoming the “6-inch challenges” life serves up

Some months ago i started a cardio box class. This was not by design, I showed up for my regular class after returning from vacation and had no idea that there had been a switch in classes and times. This unexpected switch, however, has turned into something that I really love. The class is a total body workout of arms, thighs, buttocks and of course, abs. Let me say that even though I have a flat stomach I’ve absolutely hated any form of abdominal workout because it always caused back pain. So, during that first class and many, many, many other classes that followed every time our trainer announced that it was time for “6 inches” I dreaded it.

This exercise simply required me to extend my feet and raise them about 6 inches off the floor and hold it for a period of time. I could not do it. I had decided to just do what I had been doing for years whenever my exercise classes included ab work, just lie on the floor and do nothing. But with some prompting and instructions on how to protect my back,  I tackled the “6-inch challenge” and have developed stronger abdominal muscles and lessened my back pain.

As a result of this class and this exercise, I have started labeling things in my life that are challenging, that I procrastinate because of fear, or that may stretch me in ways that I may not be willing to be stretched at the moment as “my 6-inch challenge”. I’ve learned that it’s possible to overcome  challenges in our lives if we are willing to tackle them and stick to the process.

As 2010 approaches, I am in the process of identifying my personal 6-inch challenges, so that next year will be a time of personal growth and development. Whatever your challenges may be, I’d like to invite you to take this journey with me as we travel the path of spiritual, physical, mental and emotional growth, for just maybe, we may lose some of the negative and develop and strengthen the good stuff that resides in all of us.

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3 Comments»

  Mitz wrote @

Terrific. I would like to take the journey with you.

  LOH wrote @

Am willing to take that journey but I know it’s not going to be an easy one. Lord, give me strength.

  Jason Perry wrote @

I really like this idea of the “6 inch challenge” as a metaphor for those difficult things we seek to ignore and avoid. I think maturing is being willing to admit that we have these challenges and growth is the willingness to address them.


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