Its easy to be discouraged. We are amazing at internalizing and tearing ourselves down. There is definitely an element of the human psyche that is remarkable at self destruction. What we need to learn is how to turn setbacks into opportunities. Accept that we have hit a wall, a roadblock or whatever cliche you what to use as an excuse to quit or belittle yourself and move past it.
The truth is these setbacks are paths that we can learn not to take in the future. Thinking about how you got to where you are now rather than the fact that you are there. Simply analyzing and identifying where things went wrong is an invaluable mindset for making positive change.
Use your setbacks as lessons strive forward with confidence that you can do better this time around. you can do this because you have the knowledge to do so and the knowledge to avoid this specific pitfall.
Life’s progress is about learning from our failures as much if not more than from our successes.
Fight hard against the self deflation and strive for self motivation. Fight hard and rise above your setbacks.
Divinity of Purpose:
So to steal my title from the title of a Hatebreed song, Divinity of Purpose. There is a sense of contentment that you get from having purpose and I have found few activities that provide a sense purpose quite like strength training.
Taking that barbell and crushing weights according to your programming provides an incredible sense of accomplishment, a feeling of self worth and a sense simplicity to life.
When its just me and the barbell and that’s the only thing in the world for 20 to 60 minutes, I find a clarity that is rare in today’s world of information overload. It’s a period of time to disconnect from everything and reconnect with yourself, a chance to find yourself in reps and lbs. Working out with a plan is to have a purpose even if it is only for the duration of the training.
Seek Divinity of Purpose. Train with a goal, train with a plan and find yourself with a barbell.
There is a lot to be said for the ability to adapt to change or wing it. I don’t believe that wingin’ it belongs in the gym however. The gym is a time and place for structure and planning. It is a place to focus on maintaining your strengths and conquering your weakness. Having a plan when you get to the gym allows you to focus on just that, staying strong, getting stronger and conquering weakness. Structure in the gym is your foundation for adaptation outside of the gym.
In life you will be faced with many different situations everyday. You get plenty of chances to wing it in everyday life. Take for example all of the structured balance focused training you did in the gym. That training will certainly pay off when you trip on the curb and have catch yourself to prevent a fall. Think about all of the deadlifts, squats, cleans, pushups, 200M sprints and other exercises you complete, day in and day out, creating a structured foundation and committing to muscle memory. Now apply that to all of the situations you experience in a day in which that training is thoughtlessly applied, that 200M sprint to catch the bus at the end of the next block on your commute home. That bag of dog food you grab up from the floor and clean to your shoulder to carry or load in your car.
The structure of the gym applies to the uncertainty of daily living. Life will throw you enough curve balls, don’t let your workouts do the same. Prepare, work with a coach, a trainer, do a WOD, anything that is structured. Do whatever it takes to know what you will be doing before you get to the gym so when you get there all you have to concentrate on is doing it well or doing it better.