The things that really matter never seem to be easy.
I often find myself choosing the easier path because, well, that means less struggle, less work, and less stress. However, the thing I realize over and over again is that the more I live in such manner my life feels as if I’m living in a box. No growth. No challenge. Because I’m avoiding the lows…there are no highs either.
Over the years, I’ve had many different training goals: To lift a certain weight, To jump higher, To run faster, and more. In order to make progress, it’s common sense that I needed to put in the work, train, and practice. The work, training, and practicing must reach a certain level of stimulus in order to bring the adaptation I want. In other words, it needs to be hard enough and difficult enough to challenge me physically and/or mentally so that I can adapt and ultimately progress. If not, I instead would’ve only “maintained” my original status/condition, or might’ve even regressed.
In my life, outside of the gym and training, It’s the same way. Every day the easier options present themselves which I have constant battles with. Some I win. Some I lose. Stay in bed a bit more or not? Cook or eat something fast and quick? Push myself during a workout or do something easy? Veg out in front of a TV or read or learn something? Those are some of the acute and simple battles but there are some battles that seem much bigger…those that I have more to lose. For example, choosing to have the conversation that I’ve been avoiding to have or starting a new chapter of life by relocating to a new unfamiliar place.
I’m certain that I’m not the only one who’s dealing with such battles and decisions. I wanted to write this post not only to share the lesson I learned being a trainer but also to encourage and remind whoever reads this that life is and should be hard. If we want to live the life that we want it comes down to making one harder choice at a time.
“To be successful, you don’t have to do extraordinary things. Just do ordinary things extraordinarily well.”
― Jim Rohn