A young trainee asked me recently “What defines strength? Where does your strength come from?”
I told him very simply that “My strength come from my struggles.”
He was very perplexed as he wanted to know about physical strength like benching 250lbs or deadlifting 450lbs. What I told him is what I will tell you.
Having physical strength is a great thing, but it is only half of what strength is. Your true strength comes from your struggles.
When you struggle in life, what do you do?
Do you quit? Or do you keep moving forward to get through the struggle?
Do you quit and go back to an unhealthy and sedentary lifestyle because that last set of squats was tough? Or do you accept the fact the nothing worth anything comes easy and continue to fight hard for your goals?
You cannot build a great physique without going through the struggle.
You cannot build a fantastic career without going through the struggle.
You cannot be in a relationship with someone long-term without going through the struggle.
What you do in these moments of being uncomfortable will reveal how strong you truly are regardless of what you can deadlift.
I know and have known many lifters and athletes who have supreme physical strength but they are beyond mentally weak. Without their physical strength they are an absolute shell of a person.
I was never one to have extreme physical strength for the vast majority of my life but through my struggles in life and in my career, I developed strength.
I developed an unbreakable mental toughness that helps me get through the very tough situations that life will present to all of us.
When I applied that mindset to my training I developed the physical strength that young trainees want. I embraced tough workouts and I embraced the pain.
Do not quit during your struggles. Embrace them and grind hard to get through them. You will feel really, really good about the person who overcomes the struggle vs. being the person that always quits when things get hard.
Losers always quit when things get tough. We all know someone in life who is always starting something but never finishes. It is sad.
These people do not know how strong and great they can be if they would just stick to the plan.
You can apply that to life, lifting, and love. I have failed in this arena too, but the key is that you learn from your mistakes and do not repeat them.
I’ll holla at you next time.
The People’s Trainer,
WIN THE DAY…
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