The other day I was pumping out another round of 500 push-ups.
I felt great. Reps were smooth. A new record performance was up.
So I thought.
But then after about 350 push-ups, the tide turned.
My muscles were screaming, my lungs burning and my mind was telling me “enough”.
I was done. Empty. Ready to go home.
In these moments of weakness, the mind tries to play tricks on you. It tries to reason with you, to tell you it’s too hard, too much, or not what you should be doing.
Choke out that voice before it becomes the driving force in your head.
Truth be told, the inner bitch is who’s commanding most of you reading this.
Don’t get your panties in a bunch. You know I’m right.
Like the vast majority of people walking this earth, your thoughts are ruled by fear, doubt, and hate. And like everyone afflicted by this mental disease, you brought it on yourself.
But we’re going to change that. Right now.
Chin up. Chest out. It’s showtime.
It’s all in the mind.
Your ultimate strength or crippling weakness is your mind. If you could crack open my skull and listen in on my self-talk you’d understand.
While you’re out there telling yourself “I can’t do this..” “This is too hard..” “Oopsie daisy this hurts..” and other weak-ass excuses and straight-up LIES…
I’m over here pumping myself up with mental STEROIDS.
I build myself up constantly. I tell myself “This is easy” “I was built for this“ #LETSGOCHAMP all the time.
Especially, however, when the going gets tough. When I am tested. When shit’s HARD. That’s when my self-talk kicks into overdrive.
But don’t get it twisted. It’s not all mental masturbation. I call myself out on my own bullshit constantly.
I reinforce my values and vision CONSTANTLY.
Destructive thoughts and emotions hold no power over me. Simply because I don’t allow them in.
I slay the demon before he even makes it to my doorstep.
And many times I was left wondering where I got that mental edge from. Why does my mind work the way it does?
Nobody taught me this. I didn’t read any books or take courses on mental training.
No. It was nothing other than…
I built and reinforced my mental faculties by overcoming difficult situations, over and over again.
And we’re not talking about crossword puzzles here. I’ve been crushing workouts, eating like a monk, and raising the bar for myself for as long as I can remember.
Today I understand, this is precisely what made me.
More than anything else, hardship has made me who I am today. Physical training, enduring discomfort and pain on the daily, and willingly so, has reprogrammed my mind.
It wasn’t the other way around. I didn’t pump myself up shirtless in front of my mirror while listening to motivational music. I didn’t meditate on it or use other mental training tools.
No. It was in the trenches that I gained the self-confidence and self-respect needed to make anything great happen in this life.
And it is only in the trenches, on the battlefield, that you can develop an iron will and an indomitable mind.
Pumping Mental Steroids
“The great prizes of life are for the courageous, the dauntless, the self-confident.” – Orison S. Marden
To become strong inside and out, you have to get uncomfortable. Willingly, habitually, daily.
Do what you’re afraid of doing. Do the hard shit nobody else wants to do and do it every day.
Wake early, eat less, and train harder than you think you can.
Crank up the difficulty level in your life and overcome challenging situations.
Nothing will weaken your mind more than pleasure-seeking behavior.
Regardless of their bank account or outside appearance, people who live for pleasure (food, narcotics, sex, video games and TV, etc.) will fold like an old blanket at the onset of resistance.
Slay those demons by making liberal use of the magic word… “NO”!
Say “NO” to your desire to eat pizza and donuts every day. Say “NO” to sleeping in. Say “NO” to skipping workouts. Say “NO” to boozing like an insecure pimple-faced teenager every damn weekend.
Say “NO” to that inner voice telling you to relax and take it easy.
That’s how you master your mind and body.
That’s how you unleash your ultimate self.
Hardship. Discipline. Pain.
There is no alternative and there are no shortcuts. And once you’re on this trajectory long enough, you will stop looking for them.
Because you will understand that the shortcut, the short-road, only leads to a meaningless existence.
It’s the long and winding dirt road, plastered with holes and the remains of the less-fortunate that leads to victory.
Find that road and stay on it until you reach your destin(y)ation.
I’ll see you at the end of that road.
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