20 Life Lessons I learned from the gym


Slow and steady wins the race

  •  Ask anyone from successful entrepreneurs to professional bodybuilders, small-calculated risks over time can lead to exponential success. Big leaps rarely result in success. Success is built on incremental gains.

Use your head

  • Think before you leap. Make the best decision with the information you have. Which leads me to the next point.

Your ego is the enemy

  •  My ego is what got me hurt. The ego is often far ahead of where you actually are. Think and use reason before taking a leap.

Crap in equals crap out

  • Crap effort/food/fuel equals crap results. The difference you receive using healthy real food is amazing compared to unhealthy quick foods.

There is more than one way to skin a cat

  • What works for me might not work for you ad vice versa. Everyone has his or her own path. Take tips from people but ultimately you have to figure out what works for you.

Variety is the spice of life

  •  Just like hitting your chest from multiple angles you have to vary things up in life. All work and no play is very boring.

Balance

  •  Being obsessed with a goal is a good thing but not when it comes at the expense of other aspects of your life. Balance work, play and family. Also balance your workouts. Work chest and back, upper and lower and for God sakes don’t skip leg day!

Work on your weaknesses

  •  We all have them. Instead of ignoring them, embrace them and work on them. Ignoring them will not eliminate them. Honest self reflection is the key.

Rest is the best

  • Sometimes your body just needs a rest to help recuperate. Take the break before your body takes the break for you with an injury or sickness.

You are your own competition

  • Don’t worry about what the other guy is doing. Worry about making yourself better each day. Everyone is at a different place and came from a different starting point. Don’t compare your chapter 1 with someone’s chapter 20.

Find happiness in the little things

  • Getting lost in the big picture causes discouragement. Don’t focus on not being a millionaire or not losing the 20lb yet. Be appreciative that you can pay your bills and have lost 10 of the 20lb. Find happiness in the little things. This will keep you in a positive mindset to help you progress.

Everyday is going to be a good day

  • Some days are just going to suck and your not going to be at your best. Focus on incremental success and doing your best to be better than yesterday.  Even the worst days when you feel like absolute garbage has some sort of silver lining.

Stay positive

  • Call me a dreamer or crazy but I fully believe you attract what you perceive. Have a negative attitude and negativity will find you.

There is no such thing as luck

  • “The harder I work, the luckier I get” Samuel Goldwyn. To others good fortune is seen as luck but to the actual person there is many sleepless nights that helped to achieve that “luck”.

Go back to the basics

  • Sometimes getting deep in learning we lose some of the basics. Every once in a while revisit the basics with a whole new understanding of the topic.

Strong foundations build strong houses

  • You can’t build a house on a bad foundation. At a certain point you will hit that critical mass and the house will topple. Focus on the foundation of anything you learn and build from there.

Always have a goal

  • A life without goals is a life without achievement. Always have something to work for. This keeps you progressing and achieving your best self. Keep the goal specific, measureable, attainable, relevant and set a time.

Exercise your self-restraint muscle

  • Keep your eye on the prize and exercise self-restraint. Without it you cannot achieve. If you lose it, the results you have achieved will unravel.

Consistency is key

  •  Inconsistent work equals inconsistent results.

Nothing beats hard work

  • For the majority of us that aren’t handed the world on a silver platter, we have to put in hard work. Hard work is what drives success and everything else on this list. Without it we will just drift through life. Hard work is what separates the men from the boys and the pretenders to the doer’s.