When I began this journey I assumed I would be an overnight success. I mean just 10 years ago anything I wanted to do physically I could accomplish in just 3 months. It was awesome, 12 weeks and I could transform my body, master a difficult Kung fu technique, go from not running to running 5 miles as a warmup and finally from 0 to 3 sets of 15 pull ups.

I simply did not see my youth as the gift it was and how my current goals would be so much easier if I looked at life as a time line of successive 3 months and continued to maintain and update my goals. These are lessons learned on my journey.
Fast forward to today and it’s 10 years later; everything takes longer and requires more maintenance and consistency. This is but one of my lessons on this journey. This is an incredibly important lesson.  The lesson of  maintenance and consistency as well as self reassessment and updating goals.  It also relates directly to setting a longer term and more altruistic goal like “be healthy.”  Still this is not enough you still need to have the short term attainable goals. These goals define your road map to health for example: squat 350lbs, deadlift 400lbs and bench 300lbs.  Hard enough goals to be motivating yet attainable if you work at them. One thing I don’t include in my goals are things that do not impact my health. Appearance is not included, although it may be a side effect of health, it is not a goal.
These “mile marker” goals are important but they are a small part of a much greater whole. They are an important part but not the end all be all for measuring success.  They are for measuring progress.

Stepping Up

Sometimes you reach a plateau.  Reaching a plateau is not always due to under training or over training and rarely if ever is is due to the programming, most of the time it is mental. It could be fear, it could be laziness, it could be lack of time, perhaps life or work are in the way.  Sometimes you just need to step up and get things done.  If progress is important you need to assess what is your current impediment. Step up and own why and how and then you can address it.  Most likely if you started with a program that has produced results and has decent progression its not the program, if you have only been doing the program for a few months and you’re already switching then its probably you and not your program.  So let’s assume its not your program but something else.  You need to step up and assess what is really going on.

A few considerations:

  • Do you sleep 7 to 8 hours?
  • Do you hit happy hour?
  • Do you manage stress?
  • Do you hit the gym everyday?
  • Do you hit the gym once in a while?
  • Do you wake up tired?

Ask yourself some questions like these.  Step up and assess yourself. Don’t let you hold yourself back.