Lift > Eat > Sleep > Repeat
It’s not uncommon to find this as someones mantra towards training.
Same for all the people that talk about embracing the grind, grafting hard and any other slogan that sounds pretty cool.
When you look past the words though.
What do you see?
The answer is sadly not a lot because many talk a better game than they play, and as such they’ll keep repeating their same stories, the same excuses and it’s just something that’s made me quite tired to listen to.
Rank beginners I will happily hear this from, even encourage it as they need such things.
Yet it’s all those that have trained for a while and have nothing to show for it, they’re just irritating.
If half the amount of effort spent finding witty slogans and talking about all they’re going to do was applied into actually ‘doing’, well then things would be interesting.
Make no mistake, I’ve been this person.
Luckily it was only in brief however the lessons stuck.
– Don’t chat shit, just get on with it
– No one cares about what you ‘used’ to do/be
– People that sounds interested are humouring you
– Only real friends will tell you the harsh truth
As a species we don’t like feeling bad.
It’s why we throw out crumbs of old to see if we’ll get any nibble from prospective fish to feed our emaciated ego.
Of course this doesn’t take away from past achievements, yet they’re in the past and by todays standards they’re often not really much of anything.
I’ve come to see what we ‘did’ as a stepping stone to what we could do moving forwards.
The emphasis being on the world – could.
It’s hard give those things a rest, to not bask in their glory just a little too long, however knowing when to quite using them as a crutch to support your ego is hard.
Simply because it’ll take a fall, sustain a few knocks/bruises and need time to recover/accept starting something over again.
The question worth asking yourself is this –
What have I done recently that I’m proud of?
In fact asking it at the end of every day can be useful.
Understanding anything productive that you may have done that day which is taking you closer to your new goal is essential in self-praise and healthy too.
It provides perspective.
Don’t talk rubbish to yourself (we’ve all done it) because it serves no purpose.
Use what you are proud of accomplishing today to set up your next steps for tomorrow.
You’d do well to investigate this thoroughly.
Oh, one more thing, please leave your most notable current achievements down below.