Bodybuilding: 9 Life Lessons
Bodybuilding is a pursuit that requires dedication and consistent effort over a long period of time. There are ups and downs, trials and tribulations. You go down blind alleys and take wrong turns. Your motivation ebbs and flows and you find out what makes you tick. You learn what works and what doesn’t. You have your ego paired down and you get humbled.
Bodybuilding teaches you wisdom that is applicable to other areas of life. Showing up consistently to pay your dues in the weights room makes you a better version of yourself.
Here are 9 life lessons that bodybuilding teaches us.
1. Don’t Aim For Perfection, Aim For Consistency
“It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be.” Consistent, good effort is more effective than Herculean but inconsistent, sporadic effort.
2. Slow Progress… is Still Progress
Progress is often so subtle as to be INVISIBLE to the naked eye. But even when progress is invisible, if you are working hard, you are making progress. Nothing worthwhile comes easy. Big leaps forward often seem to come out of the blue. But the truth is you were making progress all the time. It was just too subtle to notice. Have faith in your system.
3. Deep Knowledge Will Expose Charlatans
The internet is infested with charlatans and snake oil salespeople. Gaining a deep knowledge about something through consistent practice and effort will make you wise. It will open your eyes to when you are being lied to.
4. Set Achievable Mini-Goals
It’s far easier to stick to a long-term task if you can see regular incremental results. Setting achievable mini-goals will keep you on course.
5. Find a Good Teacher
A good teacher is extremely important, especially at the beginning of a process. Bad habits are very easy to pick up. Learning good technique before you have a chance to develop bad habits can make your journey to greatness much smoother.
6. Break Bad Habits. Think Outside the Box
Plateaus are often caused by us being (unconsciously) stuck in a behavioural rut. Habits form, crystallize and become who we are. We often fail to notice that there are numerous different ways we can approach a task or behave in life. Do things differently when you need to.
7. Every Choice You Make is a Trade-Off
Everything is a trade-off. There are many people on Earth who are working way harder than you are. But this is not necessarily bad. We all have to make our own choices and decide what we really want. There is no objectively best way to live. Choose the trade-offs you are willing to make.
8. Compelling Long-Term Goals Are Life-Enhancing
Life is hugely enriched by having a compelling and enjoyable task that you are working on, and goals you a trying to make happen. Happiness (and solidarity with others) can be found in this type of undertaking.
9. Take Action. Avoid Analysis Paralysis
There is such a thing as too much planning. There are things about a process that you can only learn through doing. Take action, observe the results, make the necessary changes and corrections. And then do again.
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