Last night I was watching a show called House of Cards on Netflix (If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out). During one of the episodes I heard a quote that I absolutely loved. And, I believe it’s a quote that applies to a lot of things I see in my industry, as well in life itself.
If you’re someone who…
…is “waiting for the right time” to get in shape.
…is an athlete too lazy to train until you’re a month out from the season.
…always jumps from one diet/training program to the next without giving either the opportunity to work.
…abandons your diet because you ate one bad meal.
…trains really hard for a few weeks at a time, but never show any sign of consistency…
…Then this is for you.
“Forward! That is the battle cry…Leave ideology to the armchair generals. It does me no good.”
Look, you’re either getting better or your getting worse. If you’re searching for the perfect training program or diet but still eating shit and not training, then you’re wasting your time. If you’re THINKING about starting to train for your sport, then you’re wasting your time. If you allow yourself to get frustrated after training for a few weeks and not improving and decide to quit, then you guessed it…you’re wasting your time.
Learn to love your plateau
I recently took up learning guitar and let me tell you, it is hard. Hitting the right chords, strumming the right pattern, and making your right and left hands do everything in sync is tough. During the first month or so, it was an incredible struggle to play even the most basic chords. I kept practicing and moving forward however, and eventually I got to the point where I can play a decent number of songs, and I continue to practice and improve every day.
When I first started learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I consistently got my butt kicked by guys who weighted 100lbs less than me. I kept going though. Day upon day, week after week, until eventually I took silver at the NOGI World Championships. It was by no means a short process, but I just kept moving forward.
I read a book called Mastery years ago and one thing that stood out to me was the phrase “Love your plateau”. Basically all that means is, you will not make MASSIVE improvements and breakthroughs everyday. In fact, many times those massive improvements and breakthroughs happen when we are the most frustrated or fed up. The key to achieving them is to move forward.
Success is not linear
Consistent hard work and discipline in small things now, leads to big things later.
A small 1″ increase in a vertical jump every 6 weeks leads to an increase of 8-9″ a year.
Weight loss of only 1lb a week leads to a 50+lb weight loss a year.
Adding only 5lbs to your squat every month is a 60lb increase in a year.
Many people lose sight of the long term. We all want results and things to happen now. Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way. Thankfully there’s a solution: move forward. Stop over analyzing and giving in to frustration. Instead, stay the course. It may not seem like it now but in time, it will be worth it.