Last year I started going to the gym “here and there” and “when I had time” As expected, I saw zero results. I was feeling really lost and down about my current life situation. I was unhappy at work. My relationship was going down the tubes. I wasn’t going to school, I wasn’t building anything and I wasn’t learning anything. In my depressed state, I adopted a ‘woe is me’ attitude. Most of the thoughts that ran through my head went along the lines of:
“When will I get ripped?”
“When is it my turn?”
“Maybe I just can’t gain muscle…”
Unlike with money or fame, there is exactly ZERO chance you will wake up in the morning with the body of your dreams. There is no fitness lottery. There is no abs giveaway.
So I searched for an answer and it came to me in an unlikely place.
By way of a random forum post on the millionaire fastlane forum I stumbled across Bold & Determined. I decided to start 30DoD and BoaS at the same time. Boy, were those first couple of weeks tough. Exactly one year ago, I was puking in the shower at 5am after taking an hour to complete the basic workout. Today, I can do that same workout in 15 minutes flat.
My body has changed tremendously in the past year.
But what has changed even more radically is my mind.
What happened was, I learned the true meaning of commitment. For the past year I have not gone more than 2 days without working out. Rain, sleet, snow and hail. Sickness and health. Exhausted or energetic, I was there. This foundation permeated all facets of my life. I gained the power to create any new habit that I would like to have and I acquired the patience to see it through.
“There are two types of pain you will go through in life, the pain of discipline and the pain of regret. Discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tonnes.”
― Jim Rohn
I found the most important thing to do, was the action. Just go to the gym, whether you feel like it or not. It almost sounds too simple.
Most people are slave to their emotions. They go throughout the day manipulated by their blood-sugar levels, or whatever sort of chemical imbalance they may be experiencing at the time. So they never push-through, they never build the habit. Their lives never change.
A lot of people thought it was about looks, that I had become a self-obsessed meat-head. Here’s the thing though; vanity alone will not do it. It never was and it never will be about appearance. It’s about autonomy.
Control over self is the greatest power of mankind. It is what makes us, us. When you have control of your life, your mind and your body only then will you feel human.