Compete with yourself and get better results.
Pushing yourself to be better at the gym is hard to do. You need to focus on being the best you can be…but you want to know what makes it near impossible to be successful? I see it every day in the PIT, over and over…
Trying to be as “good”/”lean”/”strong”/”mobile”/”fast”/”thin”…etc. as her/him/them…
A great motivator is working out with like-minded people that are pushing themselves to get better. This does nothing but facilitate results. However, that pendulum can swing in the other direction as well.
I routinely get questions such as:
- “How do I get my arms to look like hers?”
- “When will I be able to do that?”
- “How come I can’t be flexible like them?”
Honestly, sometimes my answer is you can’t, you won’t and because you’re not them.
Now, this doesn’t mean sell the farm it’s never going to happen…but everyone is different and that’s OK. Knives and spoons are different, doesn’t mean either one is bad. Just different.
I live in small town outside of Bloomington, IL. In my town, at some point, some floppy eared pet bunnies got loose/released into the wild. So, we now have a population of mutant, half floppy eared half wild rabbits to go along with the full bred wild rabbits.
These mutant rabbits can run all day long, come push sleds, train all year round, and eat gluten-free and still won’t be as fast the wild rabbits.
Why not though?? They’re working just as hard, if not harder!!! The answer is sometimes genetics and natural talent. The mutants are bigger, fatter and more cuddly (that last part is strictly my opinion). So it’s not going to happen. However, and this is important, they can get faster and leaner than they used to be by training. Maybe not as fast as the wild rabbits, but a better version of themselves. Conversely, the wild rabbits won’t be black and white or near as cuddly. Bummer I know.
That’s the idea. Use your group atmosphere and like-minded workout friends to help you push, but don’t get caught up on numbers and specifics of others. If you look around and see everyone giving 100%, you better dig down and do the same. That’s how you will be successful. Not envying someone else’s shape, strength or ability.
Be a better you and hold yourself accountable to do so and the results will be amazing.
“Confidence isn’t optimism or pessimism, and it’s not a character attribute. It’s the expectation of a positive outcome.” – Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Coaches note: I fit 4 bunnies into this blog post, I feel pretty good about that.