Grow­ing Through Ad­ver­sity

Joe De Sena’s mis­sion is to get 100 mil­lion peo­ple off their couch and start liv­ing mind­fully and phys­i­cally. His new book, The Spar­tan Way, aims to guide us in this di­rec­tion

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“I’m a big be­liever that if you fol­low some age- old prin­ci­ples— know­ing your True North or your pur­pose in life, find­ing your com­mit­ment, de­lay­ing grat­i­fi­ca­tion— and re­ally learn them and make them part of your ethos as an in­di­vid­ual, you’re go­ing to be more likely to be in tune with your­self, your fam­ily, friends, en­vi­ron­ment, and just start to get it,” says Spar­tan Race CEO and founder Joe De Sena, who is also a best- sell­ing au­thor, en­durance ath­lete, and public speaker.

If life is an ob­sta­cle- filled en­durance race, The Spar­tan Way’s lessons on em­brac­ing, and even cre­at­ing, ad­ver­sity— via diet, fit­ness, and oth­er­wise— might well help us nav­i­gate any chal­lenge. “De­lib­er­ately man­u­fac­tur­ing ad­ver­sity in your life is go­ing to get you com­fort­able with be­ing un­com­fort­able. Then you start to build an im­mu­nity to­ward the ob­sta­cles that come your way that aren’t man­u­fac­tured. By prac­tic­ing re­ally tough stuff, like 300 burpees in the morn­ing or an ice cold shower, you now have a frame of ref­er­ence to mea­sure against. It helps trick your mind into not flip­ping out over silly stuff.”

Au­thor and en­durance ath­lete Joe De Sena teaches that to ex­pe­ri­ence pos­i­tive changes in life, you must be will­ing to feel un­com­fort­able.

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