- MAKE TIME TO TRAIN, NOT EXCUSES NOT TO - When you’re busy all of the time with work, kids or other priorities, getting a workout may seem difficult. Use whatever time you have to train. Great workouts can be accomplished anywhere and at any time.
- SET A GOAL. HAVE SOMETHING TO SHOOT FOR AND DON’T DEVIATE FROM IT - Set a goal for yourself and stay with it. Even if you start to mentally negotiate quitting, once you get on the road, don’t turn back. Some of the best runs have been accomplished on the worst days.
- KNOW WHAT YOU’VE ACCOMPLISHED, BUT FOCUS ON THE HERE AND NOW - Despite having accomplished PRs (Personal Records), leave that in the past. Today is today and yesterday was another time too. If you are going to think about what you’ve done, then use it as motivation to propel you forward.
- DON’T BE DETERRED BY OBSTACLES IN YOUR PATH - Lots of obstacles can occur when you go running. People may be in the path slowing you down. You might roll an ankle or take a good spill. If you can get up and wipe yourself off, keep moving.
- YOU CAN REGAIN GROUND - Don’t be discouraged. Sometimes you’ll make up lost ground. Road conditions and weather conditions may change and free you up. Look for those moments and stay positive.
- CELEBRATE - Take a moment to think about what you’ve accomplished and mark it in your mental records.
Goats are things we struggle with in the gym, things we cringe at when checking the blog at night and make us consider taking a “rest day” instead of facing our fears and showing up to train anyway. Like most things, goats exist on a continuum, ranging from minor annoyance or dislike (double unders), to intense loathing (burpees). No matter what your goats are, we’ve all got them. Additionally, they aren’t going to magically work on themselves and improve out of thin air.
A phrase I am quite fond of is “if it’s important, do it every day”, from the legendary wrestling coach and US Olympic champion Dan Gable. Consistency is the secret sauce often discussed on this blog when it comes to best practices in achieving fitness / fat loss / wellness goals. Well, I’m here to tell you that consistency is also the “secret” to shoring up those glaring gaps in your game when it comes to training.
Pick a few things on your list of exercises you aren’t particularly good at or fond of, and start methodically practicing them outside of the gym. Shoot for a every day, or shoot for every time you come to the gym and once or twice a week at home. A couple of low-tech ideas to use as starting points: push ups / handstand / air squats / pull ups / planks / lunges / kettlebell swings. Keep the time commitment reasonable, say 10 minutes, and start today. Or give yourself a target number of reps to perform throughout the day. You will be amazed at how quickly your strength and skill levels improve when you expose your body to the same movements more frequently. Don’t hide from your weaknesses, actively seek to become more well rounded as an athlete and watch your progress sky-rocket.
EVERY time you make a radical shift or decision in your life, and begin to move decisively in that direction, three things WILL happen:
1) Your ego/flesh WILL rise up, multiple times and in many ways, and try to maintain the status quo, even if the status quo is or has been extremely uncomfortable.
2) People, some of those closest to you, and many observers in the cheap seats, WILL criticize and provide multiple reasons why this shift or decision you've made is doomed to fail.
3) The Universe WILL ask you multiple times, and in many ways if you are serious. Not so IT knows. So YOU know.
So why in the world, if there is so much that seems to be against you when you embark on and follow through with your radical shift or decision, would you do it?
No grand endeavor would be grand WITHOUT these things.
YOU have a grand endeavor still in you that you have not yet realized. What are you waiting for?
Trust your gut.
Use your head.
Follow your heart.