I’d always been under the impression that there are athletic people and not athletic people. I envisioned God smiling as he created me and thinking, “Well, thank Me she’s got some smarts because I know she won’t be going to college on a sports scholarship.”
Gym class was never the bane of my existence or anything. I’ve always just been kind of average at it, and was never really challenged to improve. Mostly I cared if I looked/smelled gross after class because I knew I’d see my 11th grade crush, Phil Wieszcyk.
Anyway, my point is I didn’t try very hard because in my mind I was average, and that is all it was going to be. There were the star athletes and then there were those of us who were just waiting for fourth period to roll around.
What has changed since then? Mindset. You can’t change what you don’t want to do. You can’t do anything you won’t prioritize. You won’t prioritize anything that you don’t desire or anything about which you have no passion.
My health remained stagnant until I started training with some heart. Seeing each small success and meeting each mini-goal has maintained a passion for being healthy that makes it ten million times easier for me to fit a workout into my day.
Heisman Trophy winner (and former Dallas Cowboy! And MMA Fighter) Herschel Walker said,
My God given talent is my ability to stick with training longer than anybody else.
I’m sure there is probably some genetic argument people use to say elite athletes are predestined to succeed, but when it comes down to it, it’s all about having the mental toughness to stick it out. Skipping the gym, in my life, is based 100% on my lack of motivation as oppose to actual physical impairment.
Obviously I’m not claiming to be an elite athlete, but even we normal humans benefit from a tough mindset. It is so hard when you’re huffing and puffing after some “beginner” class to remember that it will all pay off, but hey when you’re looking back after 60 pounds, you’ll get it.
So take a page from Herschel. Take that training up a level. You can do it!
Oh, and GO COWBOYS 😉