Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of “resolutions” because I think you should constantly have goals and be striving to better yourself – not just at the start of a new year. You have to constantly be pushing and challenging yourself; otherwise, your training will become stagnant and you could lose motivation.
All that said, I’m here to get you in the right mindset. The reality of training is you aren’t going to be hitting new PRs every week or seeing those inches on your biceps keep growing and growing. Some days are going to be really crappy in the gym and some days are going to be really awesome. Lifting weights for whatever your goal may be – looking good, being healthy, strength, muscle, etc. – takes years of consistency and hard work and dedication to the process.
Imagine if those old fat-burning “magic pill” commercials and ab machines actually got you the six-pack you so desired in the short amount of time promised – having abs wouldn’t be so rewarding if it were that easy. It seems like this time of year people always look for how to achieve their fitness goals in the fastest way possible. Frankly, if you’re one of those people, you’re setting yourself up for failure from the get go. People in the industry you see with the lean, muscular physiques didn’t get to where they are overnight. You have to be prepared to grind day in and day out!
So, you’ve been in the gym for a year now and still aren’t seeing your desired results? Well, guess what? Ten years from now you still won’t be where you want! This is because you’ll become hungry for something else, for another goal – and that’s GOOD! Chances are, you’ll never be quite as muscular or as lean as you want, but this is going to be what keeps you going. It’s part of the game and part of making fitness part of your lifestyle.
I’m not saying you’ll never be content, because you absolutely will be if you’re busting your butt every day. I’m saying that you may not be where you want to be now, but if you keep grinding toward your goals, you WILL be someday. You have to learn to be proud of your accomplishments along the way, but continually strive for more. I personally struggle with this because I’m not where I want to be with my powerlifting numbers or my physique goals. But if you’re anything like me, you’ll show up and keep going because there is no other way.
I wanted to write this for any new JYM Army members that are just starting out or for those who need a little boost in motivation and reality check. Remember, we’re all here for you to help you achieve your goals, so don’t be shy if you have questions – please ask me or any other JYM solider.
Happy New Year everyone – let’s crush some MORE goals!