Genetics plays a big part in how you appear.
Your eye color.
The shape of your face.
The texture of your hair.
Your body type.
This is all determined by your parents, their parents, and the generations of people that make up your family.
However, there is one thing that genetics does not determine. It does not determine your work ethic.
You have 100 percent control over how hard you want to work to achieve your goals.
When I was younger and I did not take responsibility for the actions of the man in the mirror. I did not have major success either.
I remember being cut from the basketball team in 10th and 11th grade. Each year I got cut, I did not spend the time in the offseason getting better and working on my game. I spent the time blaming the coach and the other players.
It wasn’t coaches or the other players’ fault I did not make the team. It was mine because I let them outwork me.
I remember being dusted my entire freshman year running track at East Stroudsburg University. Conveniently, I would have an excuse every time I ended up in dead last place.
But there was no excuse for my poor performances. I let others outwork me.
At 20 years old, I thought I was invincible but my moment of truth was on the horizon. I even remember a track workout from 2003 at West Chester University, where we had to sprint 12 hills behind the football stadium.
This hill was so steep that it essentially was on an incline that led straight to heaven.
I remember getting to hill number 11 and saying “No mas.” The hill was kicking the tar out of me and I walked away like a coward. I let my teammates outwork me in embarrassing fashion.
This was my rock bottom moment. Quitting on that hill haunted me. I was so angry at myself that I went out the following week and completed the workout in spectacular fashion but it did nothing to put out the flames of regret.
True change only occurs at rock bottom and after the hill incident, I vowed to be never be outworked again.
I may not be the fastest (anymore, ha) and I may not be the biggest but I will work the hardest and that is a promise.
During my lifting career, I have always trained with men who are bigger and naturally stronger than me as it t pushes me to lift heavier weights.
It does not matter what genetic advantages they have. One thing that will not happen is that I will not be outworked.
It doesn’t matter if I fall out or if my legs seize up and temporarily stop working.
It doesn’t matter if I can see my heart beating out of my chest or if I get folded.
All that matters is that I am working as hard as I can. I have full control of that and I will outwork you.
When you look at your life and look at what you want to be, are you working your hardest?
You say you want a spectacular, eye-catching physique.
Are you truly training hard and eating the correct foods? Are you willing to do very uncomfortable workouts and give a consistent, quality effort every time you train?
You say you want a promotion at work.
Are you outworking your co-workers and showing your value to the company?
You say you want to make more money.
Are you hungrier than the competition and truly grinding every day to make it happen?
You say you want to be the best at what you do.
Are you constantly learning and getting more advanced in your craft? Are you doing the dirty work that Anthony Average will not do?
What makes the greats so great was not solely their talent. It was their work ethic.
Think about the great Jerry Rice.
He was not a physical specimen like Randy Moss as he did not have elite speed or height.
But Jerry Rice never got outworked. He busted his tail in the offseason to ensure that he stayed at the top of his game.
While other players partied he worked. As they got comfortable in the offseason with their money he worked. And worked some more to the point where he finished his career as the greatest wide receiver to ever play football.
You have control over how hard you work. If you are not getting the results you want with your physique, your performance, your relationships, your job, or even your income then it is time to look at the man or the woman in the mirror.
If you truly can give the effort it takes to become great you will see positive changes in your life. Once I began to put everything on the shoulders of the man in the mirror, things began to look up.
Do not be outworked. It is all you can control.
I’ll holla at you next time.
The People’s Trainer,
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