Often in today’s society everyone is all about getting everything immediately. Immediate results and the culture of immediate gratification causes many to miss the true value of what it takes to obtain results when it comes to human performance and strength. Many will chase a promise from some coaches that will guarantee them a shortcut to success. If you’ve been following this blog for a while then you know this is a load of BS and that the promises of cheap, quick, shortcuts will only yield cheap, slow, zeros in terms of results.
The What vs. The Why
Having been a coach now in the fitness and strength business for over 14 years it’s safe to say that I’ve witnessed and learned a few things. Much of the things I’ve learned comes from not quite understanding people’s mindset when looking at them fail over and over again at trying to fix the same problems.
To give you an example of this I’ve often been blown away at just how easily some people can be sold on shortcuts and crappy advice. Whether I was sacrificing a lot to achieve significant results in my training, or working like hell to grow my business over the years I’ve constantly witnessed people buy into this belief that a newly marketed program that has been pitched as the latest and greatest thing will promise to give them the results they never had before. If you’re buying this then I have some ocean front property in Arizona to sell you!
The point here is that these days too many people want to focus on the wrong thing by asking the wrong questions. These days everyone is focused on the What when they should be asking about the Why! I’ll elaborate a bit further here.
As you can see once you can even get to the point of asking the correct question you can then understand the process. The error of society is trying to do this in reverse especially when it involves business, politics, and training.
Doing The Little Things Consistently
Whether a particular venture involves strength, growing a business, or correcting a corrupt political system the key to fixing any of it comes back on the individual making sure to do the little things consistently. I know this may not be the sexy answer, but I’m not selling you any load of BS either.
In other words, when it comes to getting stronger you must live everyday to develop strength. You’ve got to stop limiting your view on making strength gains based on spending hours and hours at the gym. Over the years I’ve seen many people spend hours and hours at the gym and never obtain any results whatsoever. So the simple variable of Time spent at the gym is not the answer. Once again we want to ask the Why?
Instead ask why is strength so important and what benefits does it produce for my own particular situation? You see with this question you’ve now changed how you would view the entire process of approaching your strength program.
By answering this Why you have now opened the door for the What and the How. The key is being able to recognize your purpose and the intent that goes behind the purpose. Once you have a clear purpose then you can drive yourself forward with clear intention.
The way to do this is to consistently address your needs. Let’s use me for example. I have to constantly work on keeping my hips and ankles mobile. Now this should be good practice for anybody, but I have to invest the time when I have the time. If my intent is to make my hips more mobile so that I can train at a higher level it has to be a daily and weekly pursuit.
This may mean that in order to maintain the desired level of function with my ankles and hips I may need to intermittently perform mobility on those joints throughout the day. In order for me to invest the time and to better utilize what time I have in the weight room I may need to invest other time throughout my day to ensure that my body is always tuned to be in a preparatory state. This is necessary so that I am more ready to go when I do finally walk into the weight room to do the day’s work.
The point here is that when pursuing strength, or any endeavor for that matter, you want to look at practicing and doing the little things daily on a consistent basis in order to build a cumulative result. It’s a snowball effect in terms of getting the results and it doesn’t just boil down to making sure you make it to the gym to train for an hour 4 days a week.
Sure that type of consistency is important, but the point of this entire article is that it doesn’t just end there. You can still practice necessary elements of pursuing strength with tasks that address your needs throughout each and everyday. If you fail to do the little things then you are going to fall short when you hit your more involved strength days in the weight room. Once again, there is no substitute for the process…there is no shortcut, or magical approach!
I hope you enjoyed today’s post and if so then don’t be shy about posting up here below. What do you practice outside the weight room to obtain strength? Stay strong, be better, and don’t adopt a victim mindset.
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