On perseverance, gym training + using this mindset to achieve your results
Well, hello July.
You surely crept up on us.
And now we’re halfway through the year, halfway through 2019. Already.
Depending on your life view, that might be a glass half empty or a glass half full situation.
But no matter how you look at it, it’s one of the best times to check in with your goals and what you wanted to achieve this year.
Are things on track? Are they down some dirt side road? Have you abandoned your goals already?
Or are you persevering?
At the end of the day, perseverance is surely the biggest indicator of success.
That’s all you really need to hear at the beginning of a new month, a new quarter, and to kickstart these final 6 months of the year.
If you keep going, you will reap the rewards.
They might be tiny to begin with, or they might be deceivingly large — or — they just might not have come in yet.
In any case, you persevere.
This is not a time to give up, or get distracted.
It’s a time to check in.
If you are not happy with the results you are getting, maybe you need a different approach.
You know that famous quote by Einstein, if you want a different outcome, you need to stop doing the same things?
Yes, switch something up, make a change. Don’t just keep doing the same things pig headed.
All business is testing.
Make a change, but don’t give up. Persevere.
Maybe you have spectacular results.
But don’t give up just yet. There’s no resting on your laurels. Get back on it. Do it again, embed action in your approach. Make it sustainable. Persevere.
And if you’re beginning to get traction, I’m dancing with joy for you.
Now is the most important time to persevere. Carry it over the line. Persevere.
We know it.
Yet persevering is one of the hardest things in the world for us mere mortals to do.
We succumb to obstacles, distractions, excuses. We so easily hand over our dreams and our determination to the things that take us away from our focus, from our perseverance. Of course it is easier to give up than to see it through.
The opportunities we have to make choices other than persevere are vast. They’re sold to us on a daily basis, posted on billboards, arranged in finance structures, they exist in our doubts and our fears.
All these tiny signals to not keep attempting the path to your dreams.
To go back to the machine, the status quo, the smooth sailing, the not-rocking-the-boat.
As soon as it gets tough, we want to quit. And sometimes we do.
But when we are in the gym, when we are recovering from a work out, our tired, achey muscles are not signs of it not working.
We don’t interpret that suffering as in indication that it’s pointless to continue.
Quite the opposite — that suffering is a sign that we are on the right path.
I’m not talking about injuries — which are nothing more than obstacles to overcome anyway.
I’m talking about the suffering being the sacrifice we gladly make for the gains in fitness, speed, strength and endurance.
So why would it be any different off the mat, outside of the gym or the training program?
Enduring suffering is just part of the journey. It’s part of getting stronger, part of growing, part of improving.
So, my proposal to you for July is — how about we take that pain, that resistance, that suffering in our minds and our will power, and we see it for what it really is: a sign of growing.
How about we agree up front that those results are coming but to get there we go through the hardship — it is par for the course, and we accept it — we meet it with a knowing smile.
Like, A-ha! Sneaky tight hamstrings, excruciating abs, and “oh my god this is hard I don’t think I can go on” — but instead of stopping, we nourish ourselves for recovery, and we show up stronger. We get better.
How about we look those obstacles and distractions straight in the eye and say, not this time July.
No. More. Distractions.
No more excuses.
It might hurt.
It will probably feel like suffering.
But on the other side is what we are striving for — those goals, those accomplishments, those rewards.
We don’t get them without paying for them.
And you know the whole damn thing is worth it.
July. Let’s go.