By: Praneeth Ellanti
Exam time – stress is at all time high and motivation to go to the gym is lower than depths of Pacific Ocean. Here’s a blog post that will give you a little bit of “mojo” to get you over the slump.
1. “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” -Yoda
If you want something you need to take it control of it. You don’t get brownie points or gains for trying. If you want to get bigger, stronger and faster you better be willing to do everything you possibly can. There is no “trying” a new program every week because someone on the internet or the guy doing bicep curls next to you says it’s good. You have to commit–sweat, blood, tears. You should be so loyal to the program that nothing and I repeat, NOTHING, will make you betray it. Moral: Do or GTFO.
2. “Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.” -J.M. Barrie
Look in the mirror and ask yourself, “How far am I willing to go for my goals?” Give yourself an honest answer. Can you say no to Friday night out? Are you willing to spend extra time on making healthier food instead of grabbing Smoke’s? How much will you sacrifice? If the answer is “not a lot” then you should re-evaluate your goals. Why bother if you can’t do it? Moral: Prepare to give up things in order to gain something of equal or greater value.
3. “I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.” -Walt Disney
Newsflash, life is not fair . Sometimes you have to accept that no matter how hard you try there’ll always be someone, somewhere who is better than you at something. Now, before you think I’m a total jerk for stating the obvious, let me explain myself. I only said that there are people with more natural talent, not necessarily a better work ethic. As long as you’re putting in the hard work, patiently conquering little goals, you’ll reach a point – a point where even talent can’t beat pure hard work. If working out was easy, they would have called it sleeping in. Moral: Work hard and chip away at your goals little by little if talent is not in your favour.
4. “…But it ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” Rocky
Rocky said it perfectly. You’re not going to win all time, and you’re not going to PR every single workout. Patience is the name of the game. Just look at Jessie and James. They didn’t give up on stealing Pikachu after they lost to Ash one too many times. Moral: Having patience to overcome any challenges that are thrown at you will only make you better!
5. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” -Winston Churchill
Stressed? Enjoy it like you would enjoy French fries wrapped in bacon. Why? Because in the grand scheme of things, whatever is causing you stress is minuscule like the muscles of a couch potato. How do you enjoy stress? By staying calm. Be calm like the eye of the hurricane. Meditate for 5-10 minutes a day. However, don’t mistake calm for carelessness. Calm is being goal orientated, relentless and strategic. Carelessness is like going to the gym and winging the work out. See the difference? Moral: Be calm, yet relentless!
Hopefully, these little tips help you in your quest for massive gains or getting through your next exam. Don’t let the little things get to you, or your gains will be little. There is no excuse for not getting results. Work hard, be calm, patient, and in the end, JUST DO IT.
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My name is Praneeth Ellanti (Candidate for B.Sc. in Kinesiology) and I am completely fascinated by movement performance. I believe that mobility and strength is the key to moving, feeling and performing better! People can usually find me by the squat rack or prowler – the two things I believe everyone should do.