There are days in our lives when we do not feel like pushing past our comfort zones. I personally workout at the 0530 class, which is easy to skip/miss a day because I am warm and comfortable in my bed. When my alarm goes off at 0430, that is the moment that shapes my day: I have to tell myself to get your lazy butt out of bed and embrace the day. In moments when my body is tired and I am feeling mentally weak, I tell myself, “Geoff Leach will definitely be there.” Geoff is a guy I know will always be at the 0530 class ready to put in the hard work needed to accomplish the difficult workouts. People like Geoff make Covenant an amazing gym to be a part of due to his consistency and readiness to seize each day.
This leads me into a discussion Sean and I have had several times over the past few months – being mentally tough. Just as we walk into the gym to strengthen our bodies each session, we must take ownership in training our minds as well. For me, as I stated I wake up at 0430, make coffee and read a book for about 30 minutes. This is my time to prepare my mind for what is to come. If I just roll out of bed, not really “wanting” to workout, I will undoubtedly have a terrible workout. We have to train/prepare one of the most important organs in our body; the brain. The brain is not a muscle per se, but it can be trained to function like a muscle. We have the cognitive ability to train our brains to overcome fears, obstacles, and to become adaptable: Mindset is everything. We must shut off the voice in our head while we are going to the gym or during the workout telling us, “I need rest, or I am not ready for this workout, or I’ll sleep in.” If we get to this point, we have already lost. This takes DISCIPLINE. In my personal opinion, it is imperative to have a mindset that tells you, “I’m goin to crush the workout.” If that’s how I prep, that’s how I will likely perform! Furthermore, training our minds will have a compounding affect on our personal and professional lives. I challenge everyone to take ownership of the mind before going to the gym and during the workout. Try to push yourself beyond levels you think are not possible. As a result this will allow you to overcome obstacles and take charge of your life!
“Don’t expect to be motivated every day to get out there and make things happen. You won’t be. Don’t count on motivation. Count on Discipline.” – Jocko Willink
– Coach Kyle Nikmard