I have seen dozens of ‘why you should lift weights’ articles. Most of them felt like beating a dead horse. I hope this is something new.
There are two stages to lifting weights.
When you start lifting weights, it’s almost always because you want to look better physically.
Be more muscular, get girls, be intimidating.
Those things happen with committed discipline, as long as your diet is on point.
The real benefit of lifting weights though is something rarely discussed, because it usually happens subconsciously.
After a few months or years, depending on how hard you lift (sometimes not at all if you don’t push enough), something weird happens.
You become upset with other areas of your life.
On the surface, this is a bad thing.
We’re told we should be constantly happy, and dissatisfaction is something to avoid.
This is very untrue.
Consciously (rarely) or unconsciously (usually), an idea virus starts to spread.
We are taught to be spectators, live passively, ‘things happen’.
Suddenly, your transformation physically broke that mental model: you wanted something and got it. Things didn’t happen. You happened.
Persistence, plain and simple, gave you what you wanted.
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. – Calvin Coolidge
That’s why you get disappointed with the other areas of your life: you know that you’re not applying the same persistence to the other parts.
A $10 an hour job is embarrassing when you see the conquering you’ve done in the gym.
Why can’t I make more money?
This is where rationalization comes in.
“Well duh in the gym you just put more weight on the bar and keep adding. Money is totally different!”
You don’t believe it, but you say it.
Instead of seeing how much learning directly through books and mentors, you’re quick to discount all that work.
A decade of trial and error becomes “just lift” forgetting all the time you spent looking silly
“So an Arnold press is like flapping your wings?”
“Wait so lifting 10 lbs 10 times isn’t the same as lifting 100 lbs once?
Unhealthy relationships are still there because of the same reasoning.
The reason you don’t expand the persistence to other areas is the lack of immediate positive feedback.
You can get permanent results from physical training in 3 months (temporary ones immediately)
Want to make exponentially more money?
You’re going to struggle, likely for years, until suddenly, spontaneously: holy crap!
If you spread the persistence you had with physical strength to other areas where you’re struggling, you’d surprise yourself, with the best life possible.
Until next time,
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