Every once in a while I will get into a brief conversation with some of the day time regulars at my gym. It just so happens that the day time regulars are guys.
I see them in the gym, every day and every day they’re either doing the same workout day after day, clearly not pushing themselves as hard as they could and definitely not lifting as much as they should.
On occasion I will tell them, “You easily knocked out 20 reps with that weight. Have you tried increasing the weights? If you need a spotter, holla and I’ll be more than happy to spot you.”
Today I had a brief conversation for the first time with one of the regulars I see. His response was the same as all the others. Mind you, these are guys saying this.
“Well, I don’t want to get bulky and I just want to maintain.”
I don’t know why, but I’m always a bit surprised when I hear these words come out of a guy’s mouth and after hearing that again today, it got me thinking.
Aside from the fact that guys are supposed to have some muscle, why would you not want to improve?
Is Maintaining Being Mediocre?
It is my belief that how hard you push yourself with your health and fitness carries over into other aspects of your life.
If you are purposely not trying to improve, aren’t you being ordinary rather than extraordinary? And if you’re not trying to improve in the gym – push yourself harder and challenge yourself, are you not always seeking to be better and improve in other areas of your life?
When I’m in the gym, I’m always pushing myself harder. Trying to do more. Trying to hit that personal best. Always challenging myself. I’m also very diligent when it comes to my diet. Always tweaking it to get the results I want.
I find that I am this way in other aspects of my life. With my business. I’m always striving to do better and to do more. With my Sharioke (I do live band Karaoke), I’m always striving to sing better every time I get up there on that stage.
Those who push themselves and challenge themselves strive for success and tend to be successful people, leaders, and people of influence.
Why settle for the status quo and mediocrity? Why not strive to be extraordinary? Why not be the best you can be? What’s holding you back from pushing beyond maintaining the status quo?
Those are my thoughts for today.