I have put together seven pieces of advice that you can not only apply to the gym, but to life as well. These seven things have helped me get to where I am today. I hope you can learn from them, take them and apply them to your life.
Without further ado, here they are.
1) If you are disciplined in the gym you will be disciplined in life.
I want to start with making a connection between the gym and life.
I have been lifting now for 8 years, with a few breaks here and there (mostly while I was running). But if there has been one thing that has really stood out to me about lifting and working out over that time, it is this:
If you know what you want to accomplish in the gym and you are disciplined and work hard to accomplish it, then you will accomplish it.
This has not only taught me to be disciplined with my training, but I have seen a direct carry over to my life.
I have always been a highly motivated individual, but I can honestly say that the more discipline I show in the gym and the harder I work in the gym, the more discipline I show in life.
When you set goals in the gym, you have to be disciplined in order to accomplish them. There is no such thing as something for nothing. Every goal has a price that must be paid in order to reach it.
The more times you set goals in the gym, are disciplined, put in the work and accomplish them, the more you see the value of discipline and hard work.
The more value you see in being disciplined and working hard, the more you will see it being applied in your life.
If you are disciplined and work hard in the gym, then I guarantee you will be disciplined and work hard in life.
2) When you surround yourself with people that think big, then you yourself will think big.
Let me start with an example.
If you are the strongest person in your gym, then you will have a hard time getting stronger.
Because if you squat 450 pounds and the next strongest person squats 300, then you probably have a mental block in your head. You are not being pushed by anyone and therefore you think you have maxed out your potential and you probably will not get much stronger. So therefore, in your head, you have set a limit on yourself and your abilities.
However, if you were to train elsewhere, or with other people that squat 500, 600, or 700 pounds, then you would instantly get stronger. This is because you surrounded yourself with people who are stronger than you who haven't set a limit on their ability, and think big everyday, And so you yourself start to realize that you too can accomplish these feats.
Just as if you surround yourself with people who think big in the gym, if you surround yourself with people who everyday think big in life, then you will reach goals and accomplish things that you never knew you could accomplish.
For example, if you want to be the best engineer you can possibly be, then have to surround yourself with successful engineers and learn from them, learn how they think and how they got to where they are today.
Surround yourself with big thinkers, remove limitations you placed on yourself, and go out and do things you never thought you would be able to do.
3) Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
The greatest accomplishments were accomplished because individuals made a choice to pursue something with all that was within them, no matter the cost.
No entrepreneur quit their nine to five job to start a business because it was comfortable. On their way to successfully building a company from the ground up, they didn't go home every night and sleep peacefully, not worrying how they were going to pay the bills at the end of the month. They were uncomfortable, a large amount of the time.
Stepping outside of your comfort zone is fearful. We as human beings are wired to seek comfort.
There is nothing wrong with being comfortable, but in order to get better in the gym or grow as a person, you have to leave this zone of comfort. You have to push aside the fear, move past the boundaries you have set for yourself, and take risks that help you grow.
When you are able to do this, the limits of what you can accomplish disappear.
"When you have some goal out there that you are stretching for and reaching for that takes you out of your comfort zone, you'll find out some talents and abilities that you have that you didn't know you have."
It's really hard to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, but when you do, things start to happen. Things start to happen that you never knew could happen. You will start to accomplish things you never knew you could. And your dreams slowly start to come true.
4) Positive thinking yields positive results.
A negative thinker sees a difficulty in every opportunity. A positive thinker sees an opportunity in every difficulty.
If you always look for difficulty or always look for what is wrong in a situation, you set yourself up for failure before you even begin.
If you go to the gym and you don't feel 100 percent because your kid was sick and kept you up half the night and you start doubting your ability to perform that day, then you WILL under-perform that day. As soon as you let that negative attitude creeps in your mind, your results will suffer.
Instead, if you were happy that you still made it to the gym, didn't postpone your workout because you didn't get much sleep, and did the best you could for the day, then you would be happy about the result instead of kicking yourself about under-performing in a situation you had no control of.
Negativity is like a disease that spreads through your mind and cripples you, paralyzes you from accomplishing your goals.
Find the positive in every opportunity, and you will not only be happier, but more successful.
Positive thinking yields positive results.
5) It is not a race, consistency leads to success and accomplishment.
Ever heard of an overnight success? Besides maybe someone who won the lottery.
The answer is probably no.
That's because there really isn't such a thing.
No one ever lost 100 pounds in three weeks. No one ever dropped ten minutes off their 5k time in a week. No one ever put 200 pounds on their bench press in six months.
All things worth accomplishing, can not be achieved in a brief period of time. They take months, years, or even decades of hard work to accomplish.
Whether you are trying to become a doctor, start a profitable business, or save enough money to retire early, it doesn't happen overnight. You must stay consistent over long periods of time to see a positive outcome.
Reaching your goals is a process. A process that requires consistent hard work, determination, and unwavering
Small efforts, repeated consistently over time, yield the great achievements gained slowly over time.
6) Become the strongest version of yourself.
Stop worrying about the person next to you who squats 150 more pounds than you. Stop worrying about the person doing 20 unbroken pull-ups, while you squeeze out 4 next to them.
You don't know their story, genetics, or how long they have been training. You probably don't know anything about them. So why compare yourself to them?
The energy you put into comparing yourself to other people could be energy put into making yourself better.
Instead of comparing, use what you see (hopefully work ethic) to motivate you to work hard and accomplish YOUR goals.
"Strength doesn't come from what you can do, it comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't."
In the gym and in life, stop worrying about who is stronger, better, or anything else than you. Worry about you and what you can do to make yourself better.
I promise you that if you do that, you will make far more progress and accomplish things you never thought you could.
7) Do what you are passionate about.
If you are passionate about writing, then spend your weekends writing a book.
If you are passionate about helping people, then find a way you can help others.
If you are passionate about football, then work every day to be the best football player you can be.
Whatever you are passionate about in life, you have to go for it.
Do not let your own negativity or someone else's tell you that you can't do something. Don't let the "maybe's" or the "if's" in your head talk you out of doing something that you are passionate about.
If you do what you are truly passionate about, not only will you be happier, but I promise you, you will be successful at it.
As the old saying goes, "Passion, has a funny way of trumping logic."
Don't let anything hold you back from going out and accomplishing your dreams. Surround yourself with the right people, be bold, positive, disciplined, passionate and go out and achieve them!