I am a huge believer in the philosophy of how you do one thing in your life is how you do everything in your life.
My friends who are late to events or meetings tend be procrastinators and late at making decisions. My friends that are early for meetings tend to be decisive and highly action oriented.
My friends who have over 1,000 e-mails in their inbox tend to have a lot of clutter in their lives. When I talk with different CEOs of large companies the one thing they always say is how their inboxes tend to be in the single digits. One of the first job tasks in my office as an employee is that you clean out your email inbox and click ‘unsubscribe’ from the first 500 emails you get in the morning that you’ll never read. This creates more space in their lives, leaving an opportunity for more success to fill.
How does this apply to you at the gym?
When I was swimming the other day I was scheduled to swim 2500 meters. When I got to 2200, I thought, do I really need that extra 300 since the race is 6 months away? Right when I said that I caught myself and knew I had to finish that 300 simply because if I were to quit early, then where else in life am I quitting early? Where else in my life am I giving up before I finish the task? A lot of us are usually so close to success but we stop right before we see the light and hit that pinnacle.
When I do Crossfit and the workout is to complete a certain number of reps in a time frame, the notion of ‘taking it easy’ can set in. For example, the workout would be, in 20 minutes, how many rounds can you get of ‘5 push-ups, 10 pull-ups, 15 squats’? Usually in a Crossfit workout you are given a certain number of reps to complete as quickly as possible. For example, the workout above would be, how fast can you complete 3 rounds of 5 push-ups, 10 pull-ups, 15 squats? This style makes you move fast so you can finish the workout earlier. If there is a timed workout, such as the 20-minute workout, then regardless of how fast everyone goes, everyone is still finishing at the same time. This style can make it easier not to push yourself. While doing these I always think to myself, if I don’t push myself 100% here then where else in my life am I not pushing 100%?
Look at your life and how you act in the gym when it comes to pushing yourself, as well as completing the whole workout.
Are you sandbagging the workout like you typically do? Are you not pushing yourself harder and staying inside the comfortable status quo?
OR are you pushing yourself to be the BEST like you do in all areas of life and becoming the winner you know you can be?