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The easiest thing to do in the world is to quit.
Most people quit the instant anything in their life gets hard. These same people then wonder why the life they are living is so depressing and unfulfilling.
Trainees can easily quit working out if they are not making the progress they think they should be making even though their work out habits are horrendous.
People can easily quit the relationship they are in when they don’t see eye to eye with their significant other.
Entrepreneurs can easily quit building their business because they are not having big-time success early on.
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 three principles that apply to why you shouldn’t give up. They are:
1) Option A Is Much Harder But Infinitely Better Than Option B
Option A is hard. It requires you to fight and endure.
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 quit.
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 also quit without putting in 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 has no value.
Nothing in life worth anything comes easy and this is why you shouldn’t give up.
No matter how hard option A may seem in the moment it is the right option. Fight harder.
2) No Plan is Perfect
Let’s say you think you have found the perfect training plan.
On top of that you think you have found the perfect nutrition plan.
You think 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 my RP-21 Training System or Vince Gironda’s 8×8 program.
There are many fantastic ways to eat for physique and performance such as carb cycling and macro counting.
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 give up. 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, nutrition, and recovery 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 of the reps.
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. This is exactly why you shouldn’t give up.
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 in the face, it is not the time to give up but it is simply time to make adjustments.
3) Whether You Move Forward An Inch Or A Mile You Are Moving Forward
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 hip 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 is rarely a Jordan-like leap. Progress will be baby steps but 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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