Boiling Point

Strive to achieve what you haven't before.


I want to be better.  I want more victories. I want to master a new technique.  I want better grades.  I want to be more efficient at work.  When we set a goal, it is usually to achieve a new level or to pursue something that is not currently within our circumstance.  When we accept the idea that our goal is to achieve more than what we have before we must also accept what comes with it.  Some of the things can be expectations, tribulations, doubt, uncertainty, fear and excitement.

 Doing the things that we aren't strong in, the things we don't enjoy, the things we wish to skip, the things that make us uneasy are the things that can show us the most potential in growth.  The mindset of being comfortable can be very dangerous.  Comfortable is the state where we feel safe.  We feel that we know the outcome. We feel we have control.  In this state we do not grow.  There is no challenge.  A challenge is needed to change, evolve, grow, lighten and shed.  In fact, sometimes it's adding that produces new results and sometimes it's decreasing that can give us a better outcome. The thing that remains the same is that there is change. 

Water at the atmospheric pressure of sea level reaches the boiling point at 212 F (100 C).  At this temperature water begins to change states and become a gas.  At 32F (0C) it is also able to change states and become a solid from a liquid. The molecules of water up to those points may be relatively hot or cold but not enough to change its state.  Colloquially, room temperature is approximately 75F (25C).  This temperature is appropriate to being neither warm nor cold when wearing typical indoor clothes. 

This makes me think and compare in our lives what is our room temperature?  In our academic lives what is our personal room temperature?  In our careers, are we performing at room temperature? Do we feel like we are comfortable? Are we hot and making adjustments to see new results?  Are we cold because we have become stagnant?

In my tennis career, I am currently focusing on being uncomfortable with endurance.  I am allowing myself to "heat up" and face adversity long enough so that I can "change states".  I do not want to be be uncomfortable and quit at 210F when I can persevere for a little longer and reach 212F and be able to reach a changed state. Sustained perseverance during adversity is what I am aiming for.  This equates to me welcoming adverse conditions.  I encourage all who read this to consider what is your "room temperature" and are you willing to endure enough to be able to reach a new state!

Andrew Carter