Open Your Mind
You have to want to listen to the locker rocker. Your mind must be open in order to absorb some epic shit that you need to hear. It may not be what you want to hear, but it’s something you need to hear.
Think about sports. Think about all the coaches out there preaching to their athletes. Things that need to be drilled into their head. Things that you need to hear in order to be successful. I totally latch onto this concept.
What about complacency? Coach Urban Meyer talks about this concept all the time. He talks about holding yourself to a higher standard and execution. One the biggest things I’ve taken away from Urban is this: “Elite level people don’t rise to the level of the occasion; they rise to the level of their training.” Chew on that for a minute.
Now ask yourself, “Am I going through the motions?” Be honest with yourself. Regularly question yourself to see if you’re too comfortable. Try out new things to push yourself.
How can you step outside your comfort zone? For me and most others, one mile of walking lunges will accomplish just that. It doesn’t matter how great you are at lunging. Another example was when I dedicated myself to squatting every day. I knew that shit was going to be hard. I also knew that I was going to learn a great deal and eventually be able to teach many others what I learned.
I knew that there were going to be plenty of days where I didn’t want to squat. But guess what it did? It completely separated me from the pack. As soon as I went down the path of being the most uncomfortable, everything changed. Not only did everything change, but I knew I was going to catch hate because I wasn’t the strongest guy out there.
I knew I didn't understand the front squat completely. There were plenty of holes that could have been exposed. I could squat 540 pounds in a meet but be borderline passing out in my basement during front squats. It was a total game changer that changed my career.
Motivation is Important
People only see the shine. The highlight reels. They don’t see all the fucking work behind the scenes. They don’t all the other stressful factors that were in play at the time.
What’s your source of motivation? What’s your version of a locker rocker? For me, there’s a speech by Eric Thomas called You Owe You. I know what I’m going to get from this piece of personal development material. He essentially says, “If you have a bad product, would you ask for your money back? What kind of product are you giving to the world? Can you get your money back on yourself?”
What Fires You Up?
Find out what fires you up. Having these sources as a backstop will keep you on the tracks. They are always there to rely on when things get tough. They always remain true. That’s why people listen to the same podcasts or read the same books over and over again.
You can always improve your mindset. You’re always going to have to put in the work. You’re always going to fight complacency. You’re always going to battle accountability and discipline.
Become a Savage
As you put in the repetitions, you’ll start to see your mindset shifting over time. That’s the compound effect at work. Instead of being normal and going through the motions, you graduate to savagery. I’ve gone through the highs, lows, wins and losses for over 20 years. And you know what? You begin to understand that you can make it through almost anything.