You Have Control… Just Like Gravity

You Have Control… Just Like Gravity

On Sunday’s I like to get outside, go to the park and do some unconventional workouts. One of the exercises I’ve tried recently was to pick up a 70-pound bag of water and hoist it over my shoulder. It is a difficult exercise because the water is moving inside the bag, and gravity is doing its job of pulling the bag of water back to the ground. And gravity is a relentless foe.

No matter how much you hate gravity, no matter how much you believe that it is unfair, and no matter how much you believe that you should not be constrained by this natural law, your feet are firmly planted on the ground. Hating gravity does not provide you with the ability to fly, and you do not need to test this proposition to know that it is true.

You might hate that you have to grocery shop, cook and prepare your meals out for the week ahead. However, your loathing something does not make it any less necessary. More still, it does nothing to absolve of the consequences of your actions (or lack thereof). Feeding your confirmation bias and trying to find ideas that support your hatred of say, “I don’t have time to cook.” or “I don’t want to go to the store.” won’t produce the desired results you want. If you want to continue to move toward your goals, you know what you need to do.

You might hate the fact that the only way you can get your workouts in is when you wake up earlier than you are comfortable with.  You might believe deeply that you are not a morning person and never have been. However, hating the fact that it is hard to create this new discipline in your life by turning off the TV/Internet surfing in the evening and rolling out of bed at the butt crack of dawn does not make it easier help solve your problem. If you want your dream body/energy/health, you have to create your new way of living.

You might hate that your friends (or co-workers or friends) can eat and drink whatever they want and you ‘feel’ they look better then you. You may hate the fact that they speak poorly about you and your goals. You might hate that some of your friends want you to go out to happy hour to eat, drink and be merry, and you need to stay disciplined with your choices, and they don’t have too. Hate with all your heart if you want to, but you are never going to have any control over what your friends do—or what they do not do. If you want to accomplish your goals and have the life you want, you have to focus on what is in your control.

You’ve learned to accept gravity. You’ve learned to live with one of the most persistent of all iron laws. You have learned to get along just fine without trying to find a way to bend or break something over which you have no control. The way that you learn to fly is to act in accordance with the laws.

What is it that you hate to do that is necessary regardless of how you feel about it?
How does manifesting negative feelings about something limit your success?
What do you have to do to act in accordance with the natural laws and produce better results now?

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The O-Board Says…

Front Squat
(5-5) 5,3,1, AMARAP last set

Four sets of:
Against a 4 minute running clock, complete:
25 Kettlebell Swings
Run 400 Meters
Max Reps Double-Unders
*Rest 1 min in between rounds*

Post by Chris; @cmoknows