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Catching Your Second Wind: Benefits And Purpose

Updated on March 10, 2014
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Carolee is a passionate writer with a love for learning and teaching. She is a published author, poet, blogger, and content creator.

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What is second wind?

"Second Wind" is a term usually used in sports but it is also used in everyday life. You know how a cat is said to have nine lives? Well maybe that cat has nine winds.

A second wind in sports or in my case, martial arts is when you have used up all your energy and you feel totally busted, like you cannot move another inch. Then you dig a little deeper, sometimes it's anger, frustration or plain old determination, but something gives you an extra push and you find that you have more energy, sometimes more than you did in the first wind. You feel rejuvenated and renewed in your second wind like you can move mountains. It's not just an attempt to finish but an adrenalin rush that makes you hard to beat at this point. That is the second wind.

Not everyone can push past the pain caused by exercising to find that extra push. Some people limit themselves to what they are feeling at the time, so they never experience that sense of accomplishment and awakening that the second wind gives. In most cases, the adrenalin push of the second wind alleviates the pain felt in the first wind, so it is in real life.

When you limit yourself.........

  • You never experience the end result
  • You never find out what would have been had you tried harder
  • Then that becomes your limit
  • Then you end up regretting that you didn't push past that limit

Limitations are created by us, what we put on ourselves. Limitations are borne out of mediocrity. I am not talking about things that will affect us negatively, I am talking about things that will affect us in a positive way. In other words there are things we need to place a limit on and these are such things as alcohol consumption and drugs, even pharmaceutical drugs; you know what I mean.

The things in which I refer are what will make or break your success and progress. If you have reach your limit and you feel like this is it. Find that place inside that wants it so bad. That thing inside you that made you want to do whatever it is in the first place. Find that second breath, that extra energy, that determination and mental charge you need to get up and brush yourself off. Start over or continue.

This is not uncommon in everyday life. Many people give up when they reach what they call their limit. They'll never really know how strong they really could be because it's always too painful or frustrating to move on.

Take for instance this here article you are reading. Since before Christmas 2012 I have been feeling rather deflated and weary, somewhat. Especially when it comes to posting my own work on this site. I have been working all along and I have energy to write for clients but I seemed to have lost my own energy for me. Then it occurred to me that I need to find that second wind.

I have done it many times. During trying times and especially when I was depressed. So I know I can do this and you need to believe you can do it too.

Are you feeling fed up with something you have been trying hard to make work? Feel like giving up? Well don't. There is always more energy there. You may need to change your tactics but you too can find that second wind and don't try this time, just do it.

My former boss and Master Instructor in self defense always say "trying leaves room for failure, just do it!" It took me years to understand that but I finally did, after several failures where attempts were just that; attempts.

When you attempt something, you approach it with caution, timidness and doubt. When you make up your mind fully to do something you just go ahead and do it no matter what. That's the difference between trying and doing.


When you find that second wind......

  • It gives you more energy than you had before
  • You forget the pain and frustration from the past
  • You are more determined than ever to succeed
  • You feel a new awakening like a new person
  • You feel a sense of accomplishment
  • You feel almost invincible...yeah!

Maybe not quite invincible, but you do feel like a success, even before the finish line. The second wind is an accomplishment in itself because it takes that extra mental strength to push past all the mental barriers in order to continue.

Mental barriers include:

  • Self doubt
  • Mental anguish
  • Physical pain
  • Mental and emotional pain
  • Grief
  • Low self esteem
  • Lack of confidence
  • Self hate

Everything that stands in the way of your success is a barrier. Pushing past them isn't easy but you must at least try. When you have tried enough then you need to finally make up your mind that you have had enough failure and that's the time you do it. Use your anger, frustration or just plain determination.

Just do it!

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Epi, sorry to take so long to reply. Haven't check my hubpages in a couple of days. Thank you. Your support means the world to me. I am taking it easy trying not to stress.

      Love and hugs

      Carolee

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      I'm just checking in with you my sweet Carolee to kiss your hands and give you a big Canadian hug - as I know you are going through a rough period in your life. lake erie time 7:25am

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks Genna. To this day I believe those words. We say we try because that's what we know. But it's either we do or don't, there really is no in between. Yoda was right. Thanks for stopping by Genna.

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      My former boss and Master Instructor in self defense always say "trying leaves room for failure, just do it!"

      I remember the words from Yoda in ‘Star Wars’: “There is no try…only do or do not.”

      Many sage words of advice in this compelling hub, Cardisa. ;-)

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Yes me too, sweet Carolee, yes me too.

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Thank you Epi, I really hope that some day we can actually meet and have that coffee on the lake.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      My dear Carolee I am so very sorry to hear all of this . You know if this will make you feel any better I have to say that as you know I have no family in this world but you definitely feel like family to me - lots of love and hugs right back to you .....

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Epi, I miss you. Haven't been reading much lately. I have had a serious of deaths in and near the family. My uncle died earlier this month. Then my brother, the one who was murdered recently, ho father passed away and two nights ago my grandfather died so I have been kinda down. Your warmth is very welcome right now as I picture being on the lake with you Tiffy and Gabriel.

      Lots of love and hugs~~~

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Good morning Carolee - I have missed you as of late but yes 2nd winds are important in daily living or else we may never get anywhere some days - lol - kinda like having a plan B - a second wind is a physical feeling as much as a mental one too - I sincerely hope all is well with you dear friend - Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel send you our warmest wishes and good energy from lake erie canada 10:50am where we've had some of the coldest temperatures here in over 3 years

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi MsDora, thank you for stopping by. I hope you get more accomplished by doing instead of just trying!

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the inspiration, Cardisa. I'll watch my language from now on when it comes to "attempt." I'll do instead of try. Voted Up!

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Victoria, I am so upset with you for not emailing me with your freelancing problems. We spoke a few months ago and you promised that you would talk to me. Email me please and lets talk. If I can make it so can you and please don't give up.

      Big hugs~~

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Beautiful hub, Cardisa. I needed to read this, as I really need a second wind. I've been feeling pretty deflated and have thought about giving up my freelancing dreams. Maybe this will inspire me, especially knowing that you have gone through so much, particularly with losing your brother. I appreciate this hub very much. Thank you, and I hope you are enjoying a second wind! I'm sharing this hub.

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Maria, life is a test and we can only expereince its full potential when we push past our limits. So glad you broke the barrier as well.

      Happy 2013!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Hi Cardisa,

      As a young nurse on 11-7 shift, it was hard to stay awake initially from 4A-6A...yet gradually my body adjusted and I got that 'second wind'.

      This has proven time after time to help me in all kinds of life situations. We never fully appreciate how strong we are until we are put to the test.

      Voted UP and UABI...Happy and peaceful 2013! Hugs, Maria

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Hello Shiningirisheyes, I realized the similarities in concept when I was first depressed and that same boss reminded me of my martial arts training and how I would focus whenever I was busted and did better than before. Finding your second wind comes easier with practice and physical training does set the pace for the mental push you need.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Outstanding take on this concept. Comparing the process of pushing through the pain and finding your second wind to every day life is perfect symbolic use. Until reading your hub, I never realized the how similar the concepts are. I am familiar with pushing through to that second wind when I used to run marathons. Now reflecting back through life, I realize I practiced the same concept daily.

      Great write

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Thank you Cleaner3 :))

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      you write very well. I am a fan.. :)

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Hello Cleaner3, you are right. Reaching the finish line is the ultimate prize. Thanks for stopping by.

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      great write Cardisa, it is only worth when we realize what we went through to get there. no matter the pain.

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi eHealer, thank you!. While I am totally selfish in writing this hub because this is my second wind, I really hope that someone else can be inspired as well. Thank you so much.

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hello Cardisa, what a beautiful and interesting hub! I feel inspired and now have a second wind. Just beautiful! I have facebooked and pinned you so others can feel inspired as well! You Rock!

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Mark, how are you/ Nice to see you. You are so right. This unlimited source of universal energy is so powerful that we all can benefit.

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      You are right Billy. My instructor never took the "I'm tired" bit either, he always pushed us to breaking point but somehow, after training for a while we realized that we were training longer and longer without realizing it. Then we would reach a point where classes became too short and we would be so disappointed...lol

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      This is an excellent view and something everyone can benefit from. There is unlimited energy available in the universe, and we all have the ability to bring that in not only to rejuvenate ourselves, but to use and share.

      Mark

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great words of advice. Don't tell me you are tired; tell me how you are going to accomplish your goal! I don't know how many times I told my teams that when I was coaching. We all are capable of so much more than we give; we'll never know how much unless we push through the pain and self-doubt.