” This time around, I know what I’m fighting for.” James Braddock from Cinderella Man
Find Your Fight | Nate Miyaki <<Click
One of our favorite writers and nutrition gurus, Nate Miyaki, wrote an excellent piece for T-Nation last week. In it, he makes some incredible points, but none better than the quote above. The biggest reason we all fall off the bandwagon of something great and remarkable is because we never truly figure out what we are fighting for. In strength and healthy eating, is it your life we are fighting for? I believe so. Great read.
I normally don’t click these types of links, because honestly most of them are poorly written with “catchy” titles to spam you in. A couple trustworthy friends shared this, and my sister even showed me, so I gave it a read. I was thoroughly impressed and locked in the whole article. Being an old man in his ALMOST “upper” 20’s now, I can appreciate much of the advice here. It isn’t your typical “Don’t get drunk and call you ex,” advice. Rather, Preston gives you some real, honest, hardcore advice.
One big lesson I’ve learned recently is actually one of the mistakes in this article that I was fortunate to avoid…This offseason when I realized I was going to train here in Florida, I assessed I would need some sort of income to feed my ridiculous appetite! There were a few good jobs that popped up, and I was ready to jump in and just start up something on the side right away just to “pay the bills.”
After a bit of thinking, and talks with close friends and family, I came to the conclusion I wouldn’t take a job unless it was going to be part of my future. I wouldn’t take time out of my life to chase money or something that didn’t bring me ultimate happiness. At this point, Im so glad I chose this route. I’m now working on my own as a strength and conditioning coach, and helping a bunch of people look, move, and feel better everyday. That is what I love to do. I obviously started from scratch, so paying the bills was tough at first, but if you love it, you make it happen. You might struggle at first to see the light, but if you know its right…you keep driving.
Pain in life is inevitable. Even if we are living the dream, chasing our goals, smiling ear to ear happy, pain is all part of it. All shapes and sizes, pain is also part of anything worthwhile. An excellent perspective from Mark tells us once we embrace this pain we know will lead us to where we want to go, it becomes much easier to deal with. People want to be comfortable. Comfortable is mediocrity’s best friend. Time to get uncomfortable out there my friends.