I have encountered a tweet that reinforced the importance of leveraging.
When no real challenge faces us, a mental and physical lethargy sets in.
— Robert Greene (@RobertGreene) September 23, 2017
Lethargy. We’ve all faced it. It is the consequence of complacency in the convenient hands of unchallenged hedonism and self-indulgence. But what if lethargy resulted from hard work in the form of a “new money” mentality? Wouldn’t that defeat the purpose?
In this post, I will explain the power we have to overcome physical lethargy. Although his tweet covers a broad range of complacency that can be discussed, my focus will be on the physical side through fitness.
Is is a well-established fact that physical movement catalyzes changes in your body. It is also well known that resistance training enhances such benefits. However, what separates relapsers from lifers? Keep in mind that both relapsers (those who fall back in their old ways) and lifers (those who maintain their improved habits) both “did the right things” when in the process of reaching their goals. They both have likely followed certain workout regimen, ate right, hydrated themselves, recovered, and repeated.
So what sets them apart? MINDSET.
Relapsers view their goals as an end. If goals are viewed as ultimacy, complacency sets in because there is nothing left to pursue. That mindset removes a new set of potential challenges, thereby de-incentivize the drive to take risks and achieve more. That mindset also deludes itself into thinking that their respective bodies is also immune from atrophy. Both are wrong. Complacency kills. Always remember that.
Lifers view their goals as a preliminary means. Lifers always strive for perpetual betterment. Lifers are greedy in the sense that there are always rooms for improvement. That mindset converts goals into instrumental tools that maintain hustles the same way knives remain sharp. That mindset provides at a minimum the necessary grind to stimulate resistance. Both are correct because a maintenance workout for a 20-year-old can be used 50 years later, which functions as a new set of challenge.
Bottom line, view whatever physical challenges you encounter as obstacles to overcome. LEVERAGE THEM. Nobody stops pacing right after they traverse at a 5k FINISH line. Why would you stop working out after you reached that goal weight? Same concept. The sky of challenges and benefits is the limit. Take my personal experience as an example.
One day, I took a long stroll into a convenience store. A relapser will view my arriving at the store as ultimacy. As a lifer, I view arriving at the store as a marker of the grind – walking several miles each way – that tested my will to follow through with the challenge that I imposed for its own sake. I leveraged the situation to test my mindset.
Upon successful completion, I was awarded with a humorous discovery. When you see it, you’ll know it.
Which one are you? A relapser or a lifer? If you consider yourself a relapser, may this inspire YOU to be a lifer.
On that note, I will go do some pushups.