Compare and Be Unhappy, but Be Motivated.
Do not delay.
Time is short!
Or is it?
Says the guy who misspent most of the day.
I didn’t drive sales for the big box gym I work for. These words are slowly trickling out of me minutes to midnight.
There are a few things that I keep buried away from my mind because once I let them in the somber reality of my life comes in. Thankfully I have an addictive personality, my junkies’ haven is that big box gym I didn’t close sales too.
When I am in there, the rest of the world disappears. I didn’t mind that the $800 were electronically withdrawn from my account for that self-development course I took over a year ago.
I heard it said that a person who sleeps on a twin mattress has pretty much failed at life. Well, that is my current slumber situation, when I am pumping out the reps, that thought doesn’t register on my radar.
Again, I am blessed.
Blessed because my outlet for my troubles is one that pays dividends towards my well being. There have been studies done which re-confirm the benefit of exercises.
The question becomes then what good is a long life if I can’t take the discipline and the dedication outside of the gym?
Stay tuned to find out!
It’s funny how when we remove something from our lives; we seek to fill that void. Thanks, dopamine loops.
I am addicted to my phone. There I said it. That little piece of fancy circuitry certainly has kept my attention for wasted hours. The apps that I used the most would be social in nature, Facebook, and Reddit.
I recently deleted them, and now there is a void about what to do.
My youtube viewership certainly has gone up. Which makes all the contradictions of the youtube fitness experts apparent. Don’t do this! Do that! Or five gym mistakes that are crushing your gains! ←- Those are all click bait titles which people click on to seek information and utilize to change their lives. Although anatomically we are the same, it is just the orthopedic differences that make blanket advice and motivational tips work for some and not for others.
The moral of the story is to keep your resources vast and always be experimenting with what works for you.
Also set goals.
I half jokingly agreed that I would bench 305 on August 22nd. My strategy on how to get there is to focus on time under tension for the rest of July, then concentrate on plyometric moves and explosive reps for August.
What the above paragraphs reveal is “When in doubt, Nerd out!”
I wasn’t going to write today. I kept meaning too but kept getting sucked into youtube videos or what not.
Another conversation topic that arose in my mind during my observations of the world was “comparison is a sure fire way to become unhappy. Comparing is a steadfast way to become motivated.”
It’s kind of like the Barkley’s Marathon in the hills of Tenessee. There is an excellent Netflix documentary on the unsanctioned ultra marathon, but in essence, the event was thought impossible. Over 100 miles to be completed in 60 hours, and 54,000 feet of acquired elevation it seemed that way until Mark Williams finished the race in 1992 with 30 seconds to spare. Since that one person proved it was possible, more and more people have completed the race. Hell even one person has completed it multiple times, defending his title.
It is similar to the 4-minute mile. Everyone thought it was impossible, one person didn’t. His name was Roger Bannister, and in 1954 he completed the 5,280 feet with a time of 3:59.4. Since then many more athletes have completed the 4-minute mile, even now the current record is 17 seconds less at a swift 3:43.4.
This is why comparison can be such a great motivator for growth. If one person proves that something is possible you now can ask yourself “If they can do it, why can’t I?”
We are what we do the most. Success is not a strike of luck, but more habit of persistence.
With everything that I talked about tonight, the question then becomes “What does success look like to you?”
“We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by our misery. Human beings are like that.” — Charlie Chaplin in “The Great Dictator.”
I want to thrive instead of survive. It is only when my cup overfloweth that I can help you.
Or that might just be a limiting belief.
We are all going to make it FAM!