Everybody wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die!
Ok, ok, ok – I’m being a little dramatic I know, but bear with me.
Do you have a friend (are you that friend) that is always shouting about how bad you want to get fit… but don’t want to put the sweat into the dream and make it a reality?
You’re not alone. I mean… your ‘friend’ is not alone.
Even us fitness professionals have dreams and aspirations in the gym that we are just not wiling to sacrifice the hours to achieve. Here’s a personal example:
I want to look like Rich Froning. For those of you who don’t know, we are talking multi-champion at the Reebok Crossfit Games, country ball and all round incredible human being.
I want to be able to clean and press a stupid amount of kilos, run a half marathon while enjoying my farm house on a backroad in Cookeville Tennessee and get paid for it.
Screeeeeeeeeeeeeeech. Put the brakes on there champ.
Lets check a few of the criteria essential to ‘be’ Rich Froning:
Have you won the crossfit games 4 years running?
Have you worked your ass off training 3 times per day, 7 days per week only stopping for your wedding and honey moon?
Dan: Well.. um, no
Have you dedicated every breath and moment to conquering your fitness goal of being the fittest man on earth
Dan: Well now you’re just being ridiculous
… see where I am going with this.
Fitness is simple, but incredibly difficult to achieve.
You might have all of the research, all of the scientifically proven diet strategies and every single genetic advantage needed to make you the greatest on earth, and still f#&k it up.
- Your Instagram feed is filled with people on their best day (no one has ever shared a photo of their post booze-binge kebab and subsequent hurl in the bushes)
- This is the long game. Feeling fit and strong comes from months not days in the gym, take your time.
- Make sure you want what you say you want. Understand that any given outcome/physique/feat of strength comes from a well performed process. If you are not prepared to follow the process… It might be time to re-evaluate your goals.
Final thoughts: No, I don’t think you should set your sights low and build a mediocre life. BUT, I need you to strongly consider the amount of hours and discipline needed to become a superstar. If the trade doesn’t seem worth it… it probably isn’t.