There is one thing in the world that will reveal your true character without fail every single time: Adversity.
Adversity reveals character better than anything in the world. When you are facing an adverse situation how do you respond?
How do you respond when you are training and you are at the 7th rep of 10 in a seemingly impossibly set of squats deep to the bucket?
How do you respond when you are outside running hill sprints in the blazing heat of the summer?
How do you respond when someone tells you that you can’t do something?
How do you respond when folks judge your life and all of the moves that you make?
How do you respond when you do everything right and STILL fail to achieve your goal?
I have been in all of the above scenarios.
There are two options when you are faced with adversity. You are going to RISE or you are going to FOLD.
I have been in the midst of a brutal set of training.
My legs are incinerating. My back is pulsating. My heart is jumping out of my chest like Super Mario jumping over a Goomba.
There have been many times where I know I am absolutely finished and I have zero reps left in the tank. I still try to push through.
The act of trying and failing is absolutely better than just being a bum and not trying at all.
I have been in situations my whole life where I have been told I can’t.
I have been in competitions and was told I was not good enough to win. A national audience saw me get sent home to Abington on Day 2 of the 2014 Men’s Health Next Top Trainer competition.
It would have been very easy to fold after hearing that I didn’t have it. But turning into Francis Fold will get you nowhere.
I took that experience and used it as fuel to help me get better so that the next time Men’s Health saw me they would see the marked improvement.
I have been told I “couldn’t” so many times that I lost count.
I have been told I couldn’t be an athlete.
Couldn’t inspire folks to unleash their inner greatness.
Couldn’t become a fitness professional and create a business.
Couldn’t be taken seriously.
Couldn’t build muscle and step on a bodybuilding stage.
Couldn’t compete in a powerlifting meet.
Couldn’t become one of the top trainers in the country.
Couldn’t perform the Lunges of Death.
My whole life I have heard this garbage about what I couldn’t do.
I could have folded when I heard these things in my life and you would of never, ever heard of the Fitman. I would be just existing doing something else that had zero impact on the many folks I can now touch through the fitness.
Being told I can’t drove me then and it drives me now to continue to unleash my inner greatness.
How will you respond to adversity?
What if you do not lose the weight you were expecting to lose?
What if the person you want to date so badly says no?
What if you get fired from your job?
What if your spouse dumps you?
What if your apartment complex sends you a letter telling you that you have to relocate in 60 days or get kicked out?
What if you lose money on a bad investment?
What if you do not hit that PR that you have been training so hard for?
What are you gonna do?
Do not run and do not quit. Adversity will reveal you as either a winner or a loser.
The Wesley Winners of the world accept adversity and find ways to rise to the occasion. The Lorenzo Losers of the world fold when adversity hits and reveal the yellow stripe that is on their back.
I’ll holla at you next time.
The People’s Trainer,
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