Hey everyone it is Motivational Monday!
Last week we talked about the importance of getting serious with your training in order to see fantastic results. This week’s topic is even deeper.
In order to truly make progress in training and in life, you have to get comfortable with uncomfortable.
It sounds crazy but trust me it is not. Doing this can take you to another level.
They say an animal is most dangerous when it is wounded. When you are uncomfortable you are very dangerous too.
Being uncomfortable makes you be more creative.
Being uncomfortable makes you more desperate to change your situation.
Being uncomfortable forces you to make moves.
When you are out of your comfort zone your character is revealed.
I was very uncomfortable when I started as a personal trainer. I did not know how to get clients or know how to market myself as a trainer.
I was very uncomfortable when my first car broke down and I had no money or credit to get another one. Being on the bus for a year and to not have that autonomy to come and go as you please is humbling.
I was very uncomfortable stepping on a bodybuilding stage for the first time. I did not have the complete package and I had no skin in the physique game.
I was very uncomfortable performing the Lunges of Death. It scared me. On paper it is the closest thing to an impossible workout. The fear and anxiety that led up to this decidedly barbarous workout is something I had never felt in my training life. I have not felt it since then either.
I was very uncomfortable when I was in front of my peers at the Men’s Health Next Top Trainer competition. My discomfort showed through as I made mistakes that I almost never make.
But guess what? Being uncomfortable made me better!
The discomfort of being a lost trainer forced me to become a serious fitness professional.
The discomfort of having no car forced to me to make better financial decisions.
The discomfort of stepping on a bodybuilding stage forced me to look at the physique in a completely different way.
The discomfort of performing the Lunges of Death allowed me to see that anything is possible.
The discomfort of being at Men’s Heath Next Top Trainer forced me to learn new concepts from other top coaches.
Discomfort made me a better overall person. I became comfortable with uncomfortable.
When you have situations in life or in training that are not favorable, do not run from them. Embrace them. They will force you to change and learn more about yourself than you could of ever imagined.
I’m sure it was uncomfortable for Michael Jordan to lose to the Detroit Pistons in the playoffs 3 years in row.
I’m sure it was uncomfortable for Muhammad Ali to lose his prime years.
I’m sure it was uncomfortable for Peyton Manning to rehab from neck surgery.
But when these men faced those uncomfortable situations they kept moving forward. They kept grinding. And that is why they are champions.
You might think you are weak or you cannot do something but I’m here to tell you that all that self-defeating talk is pure garbage. You do not know what you can do until you try.
You might be uncomfortable getting up earlier to make your meals.
You might be uncomfortable performing workouts that kick the tar out of you.
But if doing things that make you uncomfortable are going to make you better than what are you waiting for? There is sacrifice involved when you are chasing greatness.
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable and I guarantee that your growth as a person will be stupendous. Step out of your comfort zone and do something that scares you.
I’ll holla at you next time.
The People’s Trainer,
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