Yesterday, I didn’t listen to anything but the above video. Over, and over, and over again. These are the three biggest things that stuck with me throughout the video.
“Your fears, your doubts, your insecurities all lined up like a firing squad ready to shoot you out of the sky. But don’t lose heart, while they’re not easily defeated, they are far from invincible.”
“Drown out the voice of uncertainty with the sound of your own heartbeat. Burn away your self-doubt with a fire lit beneath you. Remember what we’re fighting for. ”
“For what is each day but a series of conflicts between the right way and the easy way.”
Since Monday, I have been doing double days. Lifting as heavy as I possibly can in the mornings, and then coming back in the evening, doing the exact same workout, but very light. This. Is. A. Grind. But, is it going to pay off over the next two weeks. Absolutely.
Bodybuilding is my sport of choice not because of the aesthetic value that comes out of it (I am not complaining though) but because of the place where my mind gets to go every single day. This may sound weird to some, but to those who are a part of the sport, they will get it. I get to fail every single day…in fact, I get to fail every single set. Why is this important? because if I fail at something over and over again, and I keep getting back up and trying…most of the time trying harder…I am training myself for life. It doesn’t become anything unusual. It becomes something that I deal with on a daily basis. There’s another thing though. When there are 500lbs strapped to your hands and you have to use every single inch of your body to take it off the floor, you have to search within yourself for something that will get you there. Because strength alone will not achieve this. You have to dig deep down…find something inside of yourself that will take you past your limits.
When I am in there, I am almost in a trance or daze. Listening to music, but most of the time listening to motivational speeches. I am dripping sweat, I am exhausted, and I am battling. Because if you can’t do it right in the gym, you sure as hell aren’t going to be able to do it right in the outside world where a lot of things are out of your control. The gym is a sanctuary…but it should be one for your mind. Whatever you put in, you will get directly out. I haven’t written about the gym in a long time because I have been incredibly focused and just doing what I need to do, but I think it is important for people to get in there, or do anything really related to physical activity because that’s built into us down at our core. We were meant to run, to jump, to compete…and why not try to get into the best possible shape you can get into. You never know when that Zombie apocalypse is coming. Rule number one: cardio.
All kidding aside, I titled this post Come Hell and High Water because I am readying myself for challenge and adversity. In fact, adversity struck very recently, but as the video says…are you going to lift your feet up and let the water wash you away, or basically dig in. I am digging in. Planting my feet firmly in the ground, and not settling for anything less than excellence. I know there will be times I will not be excellent, but that doesn’t mean I am not going to try. Because the harder I try, the closer I become to what I have dreamed. I hope you enjoy the pictures.