Conquering your emotions…
From my experience, becoming big and strong is primarily a mental battle. In order to have discipline we have to be able to recognize and confront our emotions.
Thoughts and emotions which harm your goals are basically a weak, fat, lazy and pathetic version of yourself having a temper tantrum. If we want to achieve even a little bit of progress at the gym, we have to refuse and destroy these emotions in the various forms they will come:
- “You need to rest because of the tendinitis in your forearms” (You can do something else or use a light weight)
- “I am overwhelmed and anxious about the future; I am falling behind on all my errands”
- “Even if I go to the gym tonight, I’m not gonna get much bigger or stronger in a single session. It’s hopeless.”
- “Money problems!!!” (you can still lift, jerk)
- “I haven’t been working out enough or eating enough and I’m just too busy. I give up.”
- “You can’t squat today because your knees are funky” (You can do something else or use a light weight)
- “I haven’t been following a routine. I don’t even know what I should be working on today.”
- “I have too much homework. I can’t make it to the gym today.”
- “It’s an off week.” (Train anyway, do something, bitch!)
- “It’s too late at night.” or “I have to supervise at home.”
- “I started training regularly too late. I should’ve started 10 years ago. I give up.”
- “My back hurts–I’m just not feeling strong today.” (Take an advil and suck it up)
- “I don’t want to see so and so at the gym.”
- “I’m not dressed properly.”
- “It’s finals week.” (Train anyway. Do or die.)
*The gym is going to be too crowded today. I can’t get to the station I need."
- "I’m embarrassed and discouraged by my lack of progress. It’s hopeless."