Once again we find ourselves standing at the edge of the summer months, about to step into the shirtless, flex-all-the-time, show ‘em my goods season. Around this time of year, you’ll see a little extra “umph” from most people in the gym because they (naturally) want to look good when they pop that shirt off at the public pool and lube up that back with tanning oil. Of course I’m (CBo) speaking from experience here… #JackednTan
Keeping this in mind, the recent posts, and some discussions I’ve had with a few CFKT’ers, I wanted to continue this “embrace the journey” kick and quickly chime in to share a little perspective.
The setting/achieving of short -term goals is something we always hope to encourage (and something I hope the majority of us do) inside AND outside the gym. However, I often hear about these short-term goals (especially this time of the year) so much more than long-term. “Pool season is coming up, so I’m trying to cut back on the sugar/processed carbs and flatten this belly out”, or “I’m going to snatch 10 more pounds next time we max out!” etc., etc. – you get the picture. It’s awesome to see these short-term goals met and (hopefully) snowball into larger achievements, but too often I think we get caught up in making a strong push for such small achievements. I believe this typically stems from viewing someone that looks a certain way or is able to perform something we want to be able to do. Not saying there’s anything wrong with using this as motivational fuel – because I’m guilty of the same, no doubt – but from a coach’s standpoint, I’d like to ask a question (or two) that will hopefully frame a different perspective. When I hear a member talk about setting short-term goals, these are the questions I often want to, but refrain from, asking in return.
What’s more admirable of an achievement?
1. A) Working really hard for 8 weeks to drop 5% body fat to show off your rippling abs during pool season, or B) Consciously and consistently making a better choice for what goes in your mouth for the next year?
2. A) Training really hard for a 3-5 week cycle, putting in the extra effort to break that PR, or B) Sticking to a training regiment 3-5 days/week, putting in the work even on the days you’re exhausted?
The most amazing life changes, progressions and epic achievements (and in my opinion most admirable) are the ones accumulated through long-term dedication and consistent, methodical efforts. They might not be as recognizable or sexy, but reaching a major goal should be bitten off in consistent, bite-size chunks that ultimately digests and becomes the new attitudes and behavior of that individual. As we always say, we’re playing the long ball here at Ktown…but it takes (and it should!) some time to get there. Rome wasn’t built in a day (or a few weeks!). Nor was anything else worthy of mentioning here.
So the next time you see a beautifully executed snatch of which you are incapable of performing, don’t admire that specific lift. Admire all the work that went into making that lift possible. If you admire the hours, days, weeks, months and years of dedication, you will be more likely to embrace the journey that will eventually lead you to the same lift.