Hey, everybody, it is Motivational Monday!
The easiest thing to do in the world is to quit.
You can easily quit training if you are not making the progress you think you should be making.
You can easily quit the relationship you are in when you and your significant other don’t see eye to eye.
You can easily quit school because you are having a bad semester.
I have quit before in my younger days and let me tell you I am still haunted by some of those experiences today. Not haunted by fear, but haunted by the possibilities I let walk out the door like a thief in the night.
Quitters are on a treadmill going nowhere fast. They just continually quit and never get closer to reaching their goals.
There are 3 principles that apply to never giving up:
1) Option A is much harder but infinitely better than Option B
Option A is hard. It requires you to fight, to endure, and to grind.
Option B is easy. It only requires you to quit.
Let’s say you are on your fitness journey. You might be 6 months, 9 months, or even 2 years into the process.
Let’s say you have been a bit inconsistent, you have not always given maximum effort, and you have had a habit of stopping and starting.
You look in the mirror after those months have passed and you are not satisfied. In fact you are frustrated at your lack of progress.
You think to yourself “Everyone else gets results except me! I’m done with this so-called fitness life!”
This is the moment of truth. Will you choose option A or B?
Option A will require you to dig deeper to make progress. It will require you to look directly in the mirror and address your flaws. It will also require you to question your commitment to your goal.
Option B only requires you to walk away.
We have all been at this point but consider your options. Whereas Option A is a hard path, it pays off with a better quality of physical/mental well-being.
By quitting and choosing Option B you are setting yourself up for health issues down the line. Your health is your wealth and once it fades so does your quality of life.
Choosing option B also sets you up badly in your life. When you struggle at your job or with your relationship, there is a high chance that you will walk away from that too without putting the effort to make things better.
If a situation is toxic than walking away is not a bad thing as no one should be surrounded by negativity. But quitting because you are not where you want to be or because it gets hard is of no value. Nothing in life worth anything comes easy.
No matter how hard option A may seem in the moment it is the right option. Fight harder.
2) No Plan is Perfect
You have found the perfect training plan.
You have found the perfect nutrition plan.
You are going to build the perfect body except that there is no perfect.
There are many tremendous training programs in the iron game like 8×8 or, 5/3/1 or my RP-21 Training System.
Regardless of what program you choose to use you will suffer a setback at some point.
You will fall a rep short.
You will not be able to move the programmed weight for the day.
Your nutrition plan will lose steam after a while and you will not see the same progress in the mirror. These things happen.
This does not mean it is time to quit. This means it is time to reevaluate what you are doing and make the necessary changes.
The best of the best programs can all stall out. This is where proper programming comes into play with your training and your nutrition to ensure that you keep moving forward.
I’ve had days or even weeks where everything I touch in the gym feels like it weighs a ton.
I’ve had days where I am not able to complete all 21 reps of RP-21.
It is human nature when we fail to doubt ourselves. However in order to unleash your inner greatness you have to use your failure as the fuel to help you overcome it.
Think about Floyd Mayweather Jr. when he fought Sugar Shane Mosley.
Sugar Shane hit Mayweather with a big-time punch in the second round that actually caught him clean and stunned Mayweather.
Mayweather looked wobbly at the moment. Most fans of the sport had never seen Mayweather hit hard let alone visibly folded. What if Mayweather would have quit at the moment when he got rocked?
When he got to his corner he made adjustments and he absolutely dominated Mosley the rest of the way.
When you get hit the face, it is not the time to quit but it is simply time to make adjustments.
3) An Inch or a Mile Forward is Still Progress
A beginner trainee can see supreme gains relatively easy.
Because a beginner is new to training, they will experience faster adaptations to training than a veteran trainee.
I have had new male clients who walk in off the street who can deadlift 315lbs within 2-3 months. This is after struggling with 135lbs on day 1.
I have had female clients who walk in off the street who can barely hip thrust 95lbs on day 1 and within a few short months are thrusting over 315lbs.
The progress is so fast because the trainee is so new.
Meanwhile, a veteran lifter will not be adding 100lbs of weight on to his or her lifts in just mere months. He or she may only be able to add 20lb to their squat or deadlift over the course of a year.
Veterans do not get angry because they trust the process. The veteran knows that if they average a 20lbs increase on a lift each year that it would be a 100lb increase over 5 years.
Even if they averaged a 10lb increase per year they would add 50lbs over 5 years. Do you think your legs would look different if your squat numbers were higher?
Progress will not always be a Jordan-like leap. Progress will be baby steps and those baby steps add up over time.
Regardless of your situation, you cannot give up. You will have bad weeks and you will have days when you have no gas in the tank. The important thing is that you choose option A and continue to fight no matter what.
The possibility of resigning yourself to option B should be enough motivation.
I’ll holla at you next time.
The People’s Trainer,
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