Having just returned from a wild weekend of watching a good friend get married, I feel excited for Monday to begin. Of course, I wanted to enjoy every second of the ceremony, and party with my best friends, so healthy eating and training were the furthest thing from my mind, but training and getting focused for the bulk of my offseason has me excited as ever right now after letting loose for a few days.
It’s important to have those times in your life, and equally important to enjoy every moment. Its sad when I see those who can’t fully soak up these times for some reason. It pains me to see people reserve themselves in the most fun of situations or experiences.
Thanksgiving, weddings, bachelor parties, birthday parties, special dates with a special girl. These are times where I don’t concern myself whether I spiked my insulin too much from a piece of cake. Fuck it. If you bust your ass and eat incredible 95 percent of the time, these special events are even more rewarding.
That being said, from my birthday into the last couple weeks have been great. I’ve trained hard, but also enjoyed my friends and family when the wanted to celebrate life and being together. Now, I’m moving on to the part of my offseason where champions are made. December, January, and February are months I pride myself on working harder than anyone can think possible. It’s these months that give me the most confidence leading into my season. How are you going to separate yourself? How do you prepare to crush your competition? If you don’t know, then you are shit out of luck.
Lets start this month right with a couple good articles and a good video!
An awesome read here. Charles steals the words right out of the mind of every great athlete or successful person who has every walked the earth. Using the gym and people who train hard as an example, this article also applies to the mental toughness needed in every walk of life.
Most people will never have the clear vision that Arnold had for himself growing up. We are all so capable of it though. Crazy focus, laser like determination to succeed, and boyish dreams even into his adulthood, allowed Arnold to be the best. He could have very easily settled and listened to his inner resistance like most of us. He didn’t though. Arnold was always unreasonable, always broke common beliefs of what is normal and “safe”, and hated the status quo more than anyone. Mediocrity crept into his life just like us mortals, but he was never going to let that be an option. Do yourself a favor and watch this short 12 min video on what makes the predator so great.
I’ll be the first to admit to you that it takes tremendous balls to really go after your dreams. A lot of people kind of do, but not really. That doesn’t count. I’m talking about putting all your eggs and effort into one basket kind of chasing. This is often the only way to win and get to where you want to get to, but I’ve met very few people willing to risk everything for a dream. It looks stupid to some people. Unreasonable, unsafe, and unrealistic to the mediocre. You may love the people who say or believe these things. It shouldn’t stop you though. Developing a clear focus to never give up in the bleakest of times can be brutally exhausting and depressing, but totally necessary if you are to actually succeed in overcoming the odds and reaching your goals.
I hope all you guys and girls out there had a fun Thanksgiving and really soaked in the experiences with family and friends. Let fight on through the winter months together. Nows not the time to back down.
Embrace. Fight. Prevail.