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Last week I was scrolling through Instagram and I came upon a post from a men's ministry I follow called A New Kind of Man.

The post was their workout of the day or WOD. (For those of you who don’t know, WOD is a common term you'll hear around the CrossFit world.)

Anyway, here was the workout…

100 burpees
200 push-ups
200 air squats
50 pull-ups

For time!

This (I thought) was something I could get into. Especially since they posted their best time, which further inspired me because all I wanted to do was try to beat it.

Anyway, the next day I arrived at the gym pumped and ready to go.

I started off the workout and after the first round, I thought, "Hey this isn’t too bad."

But then as the workout progressed I grew more and more tired. About halfway through, I started to think myself, "Man, did I bite off more than I can chew?"

At that point, I was completely exhausted from the burpees. My muscles ached and I started wondering how much energy I had to push through and actually finish.

But in the back of my mind, I kept remembering my goal… Finish this thing and beat that dang time!

But...

Call it ego.
Call it getting older and not wanting to admit it.
Or call it pure pride.

All I knew was I had to get it done so I committed to the fact that I would... NO MATTER WHAT!

I'm happy to say that I got through the entire workout and, yes… I did beat the time

Why do I tell you all this?

Well, not to brag (believe it or not).

I want to share with you a couple of realizations I had from this experiment in insanity.

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First, when our focus is on a "finish line" (i.e. big goal) we can get through almost anything.

To be honest, if during that workout I didn't have the goal of completing it in a certain amount of time, there's a good chance I might have given up or at least slowed down a lot.

At the end of the day, doing a gruelling exercise routine for the sake of the routine is not very inspiring.

Grinding out that workout with sweat pouring, huffing and puffing was not my idea of fun.

But reaching a goal and achieving a really great finish? Now that was something I could sink my teeth into!

Second, in terms of recovery, many of us jump into the process with all the excitement in the world.

We have these great ideas of what it would look like to live a life without porn and can't wait to get started.

But then reality hits.

Here comes the "suck."
Here comes the hard times.
Here comes the challenges and setbacks.

And when we hit those moments, we may be tempted to just stop unless we have a clear finish line pictured in our mind.

Where do you want to be a year from now?
Two years from now?

Picture the life that you want, a life without porn and addiction.

Set your eyes on that and commit to yourself that you're going to get there NO MATTER WHAT.

Doesn't matter how long it takes or how hard it gets, cause you're going to keep your eyes on that finish line and you're not going to waiver until you cross it.

If you do this, I assure you that when those hard times come, you will find the resolve to carry on.

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