The external challenge is but the physical representation of the inward struggle. At some point in the struggle the will may appear in its natural state of freedom. Such is the heart of the real self, which is indestructible.
This is how I got out of a 4-year long rut in my running performance.
All it took was some prayers to the Holy Ghost and a pinch of magic. Just kidding, it was actually simpler than that.
There are some things in life that you must do even if there is no hope of winning. You don’t have a choice. You can’t do anything else. If you give up, what then is your life?
Leaving a mark on the world may sound like an egotistical pursuit. In actuality, this particular accomplishment goes well beyond your ego.