Patience is a Virtue

Do you know how amazing life is right now?

You can literally touch your phone in the right places
and a car will show up wherever you are to take you wherever you want to go.

You can say things, like "Alexa, order me shampoo" 
to what is basically just a speaker
and two days later whatever you wanted will show up on your doorstep.

I had a delicious strawberry the other day.  It's the middle of January.

We can get almost anything in the world that we want, 
and we can get it pretty much immediately.

So it's no wonder that when everything else is like that
we get discouraged if we don't immediately lose 20, 40, or 60 pounds
in 6 weeks... or 6 months... or 2 years.
It's no wonder that we start looking for another quick fix,
or secret training program, or supplement
because we still don't have that 6-pack
even though we've been at it since 2016.
It's no wonder that we almost quit
when we don't have snatches down
even though we've trained for 3 months.

But the truth is that it takes time.

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That's Lidia Valentin with a 124kg (273lb) snatch.
She's been competing for 14 years.

 

This is Mark Bell. 
He's a world-class powerlifter and is jacked.
He's been lifting for 28 years.  And in between he looked like this...


This is Ernestine Shepherd, 77 years old in this picture,

here, she's twenty-one years into her fitness journey.

Good things take time.
We want weight loss and jacked abs and cool skills today.
But we can't have them.
And that gets frustrating, I know.

But guess what?
The time is going to pass either way.

Whether you get discouraged and quit for something else,
or show up with consistency and dedication
for slow, measured progress,
the years pass in the exact same amount of time for everyone.

You might as well be patient and buckle in for the ride.

You Don't Have to Like It

I remember hearing that as a kid...
"You don't have to like it."

Usually when I was complaining about something,
about chores, or homework, or going to school.
It always felt tough and kind of mean.

But I thought of it the other day.
We had a tough workout and a lot of people were discouraged.
And I get that.

It sucks feeling like you don't do well.

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It sucks when your coordination just doesn't come together.
It sucks when you're so stiff from sleeping on the floor in your kid's room
that you can't get good overhead range.
It sucks when your energy levels just aren't there because you were up late
arguing with your family.

Then you get to that workout and it slaps you in the face
and kicks you in the gut while you're down.

There are days like that.

But here's the good news...

 

 

Your body doesn't care whether or not you have fun working out

At all.  You might be on the verge of tears
because you've spent the last 2 minutes and gotten ZERO double-unders.
You might be ready to break something because your elbows
are just so slow on those cleans.

But your body doesn't care at all.

Your muscles are still getting stronger.
Your heart and lungs are still getting more efficient.
Your brain is still wiring new patterns.

I've told all of our coaches from the beginning
that the most important thing we can do as a coaching team
is make sure YOU have a great time at your workout.
Because if you do, chances are good that you'll be back for another one,
which means you'll keep making progress.

But we can play your favorite songs and you can work out with your favorite people,
and it can be your favorite movements, and it still might suck.

But on those days, just remember:
You don't have to like it for it to be 100% worth it.

What Were You Created For?

My alarm went off the other day in the dark.

It was so cold.
The bed was so warm.
It was so early.

For the first time in weeks, I hit the snooze button.
I rolled over.
I closed my eyes.

And right before I drifted off, I thought about Marcus Aurelius.

                                   Like you do

                                 Like you do

One of the greatest collections of Stoic Philosophy
comes from Marcus Aurelius' Meditations.

But the coolest thing about them is that
he never expected they'd be read by anyone.

They were his own personal notes to himself.
The Emperor of Rome...
By all accounts the most powerful man in the world...
Wrote himself notes in his diary.

And in the cold, early, darkness that morning I thought of this one:

At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself:
'I have to go to work - as a human being.

What do I have to complain of, if I'm going to do what I was born for -
the things I was brought into the world to do?

Or is this what I was created for?
To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?'

The Emperor of Rome wrote that... to himself.

People struggle.  Even emperors.
But he overcame weakness.
And so have you.

And so that morning, I got up instead of going back to sleep.
And I did the best damn job I could that day...

I tried my hardest to be the best dad,
the best husband,
the best coach,
the best pastor,
the best friend,
the best citizen,
the best human being I could be.

Because that is what I was created for.

How about you?