You know what’s easy? To give in to your age. I’m 30, I’m 40, I’m 50 years old. I don’t play ball anymore. I used to be this athlete. It’s okay because now I have kids. Don't give in. Giving in is the easy way out. It’s the path of least resistance. It’s more comfortable.
I’ve had multiple injuries throughout my career. And guess what? It would have been extremely easy to give in and throw in the towel. Especially with the baseline of fitness I’ve built up over the years of training.
Someone that comes to mind when I think about continuing to push is John Broz. One time he said to me, “One day the number is the number. That means when somebody says, "Hey, G, how much do you squat?" I say “Man, 550 at 198 and 540 at 181.” That’s my number.
I don't know if I'm okay with those numbers, meaning I'm not ready to just be done. I want to see if I can still beat them. I might be a long way away from that right now, but I still believe that it’s possible. I can’t just give in.
An alarming amount of people throw in the towel way too easily. Maybe it’s a societal thing or something your family told you or something you started to believe. How many people in their 30’s or 40’s have you seen give in? How many have you seen get out of shape? They say they don’t have any spare time because of their kids, and they themselves aren’t the priority.
You’re still a priority. It comes down what level of discipline you impose on yourself. This not only benefits you, but it also sets an example for your kids to follow. You want them to be proud of you. I’m not saying you must be a straight maniac, but I believe it’s important to set an example, so your kids make healthier choices. Kids see everything.
What Do You Represent?
Our parents gave us issues, we will give our kids issues, and our kids are going to have their own set of issues. It’s just the way it is. What they will have from me is a template. They’ll see dad putting out goals, putting in work, and experiencing success. That’s what you want to represent.
There are a million reasons and excuses to give in, but I’m going to challenge you right now. For the next 100 days, don’t give in. Build your story and/or a transformation. Get stronger, sign up for a powerlifting meet, or ask for the promotion. This is the time to push. Consistency is how you get there.