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The Committed Vs. The Uncommitted

The Committed vs. The Uncommitted

Today the BRF blog is diving into a topic that makes or breaks just about every endeavor, or pursuit you will ever have in life. This is something that I’m very passionate about and it involves the committed vs. the uncommitted.

For starters, I am always excited and honored to meet committed individuals that will set their sights on a goal and will be consistent in every way to pursue it. I always welcome this company, but then again there is always the other side of the coin! 

 The Matchup…

As a coach and trainer with over 14 years of experience I can honestly say I’ve met some great people and at the same time I’ve met some very disappointing people as well. As any coach, or trainer in the industry there is nothing that will piss me off more than an individual that is uncommitted to their goals.

When it comes to athletes there is always those 2 or 3 that want to waste the space and energy in a group environment that you (as a coach), or trainer have worked so hard to create. There are always those few trainees (even if they are temporary) that coaches have to deal with from time to time.

You see my point here is that these people are either lazy, or they are pursuing the wrong things. You see if something is valuable to you then you will find a way to pursue, grow, or nurture it even when life is inconvenient. Because you perceive its importance you place a great value on it which is why you prioritize your life schedule for whatever that thing happens to be.

When it comes to training I’ve had athletes (both young and old) at times to make up every excuse under the sun as to why they weren’t able to train and why they have a conflict meeting to train because of this excuse, or because of that excuse.

With young athletes this is very prevalent these days and I blame the parents over the athlete. In my experience it’s one extreme or the other when it comes to people. Either they are trying to specialize their kid way too early and don’t include any baseline of strength development to offset the problems of specialization, or their kid is spread too damn thin from being involved in so much that their lives are just one big ass distraction.

There is no happy medium, or common sense to direct these people to a place where results happen. If you’re a coach, or trainer you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s as if common sense is a dying trait amongst a great part of the population these days.

Sometimes I feel all alone in the common sense department, but if you’re reading this blog on the regular I know I’m not alone because the BRF readers are a cut above the rest of the world wide web! So for that I just say thank you. You know what it’s like to sacrifice and do what needs to be done when it’s inconvenient. At its core this is about understanding the difference between motivation and inspiration…

Now I’m not saying that life can’t get in the way of progress, particularly if there is some sort of life emergency. However, I’ve been with truly motivated people that would come to me and apologize for missing training after something as serious as a family death.

Of course, I would never expect anyone to go to that extreme for their coach, nor would I even expect them to explain any further to me other than they had to deal with an emergency. This was a profound experience for me and I respected these people tremendously for even taking the time to come and tell me about their situation.

So the bottom line is…why did they come to me? Well I suppose I could sit here and say it was all because of me… and maybe a lot of that is the case, but I believe that it’s largely because they put value on their training. These individuals were motivated people that work hard to be committed towards making their physical and mental pursuits a high priority.

These people understand the value of what they are doing and what it takes to accomplish something great. On the flip side there are those that don’t understand the value of anything. Laziness, or… an I can’t attitude takes precedence over a pursuit that should be sought after in a manner that communicates high priority, yet in a lot of cases laziness and endless excuse making takes priority.

With these people over the years I’ve always gotten every answer as to why they couldn’t train. Yes, they said they wanted to get stronger, fitter, and more athletic. If it were a parent speaking for their child they would say that they wanted the same thing for their kid, but they didn’t.

With these people other things took priority. Long summer vacations take priority, music lessons take priority, Summer camp takes priority, knitting takes priority, or playing the Xbox takes priority. I don’t care if you have other pursuits, but don’t tell a strength coach that your pursuit is strength when all you’re telling your strength coach is that everything else is on the schedule. That ain’t gonna work!

You would think this would be obvious, but this day and age it isn’t. Oh and by the way your music teacher wouldn’t want you doing this either. Think. Be focused. Commit. Be strong.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and whether you did or didn’t feel free to post up below. Stay strong and keep training smart.

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I'm a Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and author. I have had over 17 years experience in MMA fitness, strength and conditoning, and athletic performance for most every sport. As an author and specialist I've written close to a million words on fitness and strength. I'm also a Muay Thai practictioner and enjoy helping others to reach their peak potential through fitness and performance.

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  1. Awesome post about commitment! It’s hard for most people to not just get motivated, but to continue stay motivated. It’s best to go out and find a professional trainer/coach as yourself for guidance. Keep up the great posts.

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind words. I think any good coach can get irritated with laziness, and at the same time be thrilled with true individual motivation. I think it’s valuable that people know the difference so they can know where the stand. Sometimes the truth hurts, but that doesn’t mean that the truth should not be stated. Thanks again for your feedback!

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