Welcome to the grind.

WeightsMany times we are taught that the things in life that are worth are difficult. It’s about breaking the mould that that we confined ourselves within.  Moulds that have with phrases that start with: “I can’t…” or “I’m used to…” In fitness, all of us suffer the same internal battle, whether you are a marathon runner, a bodybuilder, or just starting: it’s trying to close the gap between where we are and where we want to be. We try to be good in the first while but that only shows potential, it’s not where we want to be.  The desire to succeed is what will close the gap but also the point of frustration. We begin to realize that the vision of ourselves constantly evolves as we change. A lot of people never get past the starting point; they quit. People who have achieved amazing things have gone through years of the struggle. They know that the grind to get to a goal isn’t a special thing, but it’s something we need to do. It becomes a place of peace. The grind is something that is required to break the mould.  The important thing is that you don’t stop when it gets tough. Create weekly deadlines so that you can check off what you have accomplished.  Even if you didn’t finish them this week, set new goals for the next week. Bad habits are broken by working on creating new good ones. There is no magic key, no secret path, no pill, juice, or powder you can take that will substitute work.  You just need to fight your way through it. This isn’t just about reaching a fitness goal, your life depends on it.

About Chris Tse

I’m a scientist turned owner of Blitz Conditioning, a Fitness Columnist at CBC Radio on Thursdays at 8:20 am, and owner of Tse Social Strategy. Follow me on Twitter or Read my full bio.

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