“Someone wants your spot.”
That’s the mind game that I play on myself.
Why play mind games? I play mind games on myself to make sure that no one is gaining ground on me. If someone’s gaining on me and I’m not putting the work in, then they’re going to take my spot… plain & simple.
I think to myself, “Motherfucker, if you want my spot, are you willing to do what I’m willing to do?” Whether any of that is true, it's true in here. That's the way you must think about it.
Are they willing to do what I’m willing to do?
The alarm clock goes off at 3:20am. I stick to my diet. I don’t miss my supplement regimen. I don’t miss a conditioning session. I don’t miss a training session. This has been going on for 25+ years now…
There’s always going to be someone more jacked, stronger, and more ripped than you. There’s always someone better looking than you. I know it, you know it.
BUT are they willing to what I'm willing to do?
Understanding what hard work really is
Where did it start? The coal mine. I was 600+ feet underground shoveling on my knees. I was working 15, 16, 17, and even 18-hour shifts (90-hour work weeks).
That’s when I began to understand what it really takes. Did I enjoy it? Hell no. But I was getting paid well and it gave me an opportunity to start my fitness career.
I thrived on the example of my grandfather, mom, stepdad and my dad. They worked extremely long hours at jobs they didn’t enjoy. I was going to use that example and understanding and apply it with something I love to do.
Never get comfortable
Getting comfortable and complacent makes you vulnerable. When you get comfortable, someone’s going to take your spot.
I don’t know about you, but I’m going to make it as difficult as possible for my spot to be taken. I’m not a fucking one-time guy, I’ve been doing this shit my entire adult life. This is what I do. If you fuck with me, you’re going to get better. It’s what we do at CoryG Fitness and Max Effort Muscle.
Go get it
Be that person that puts in the hard work every day. Coming up I was the guy looking at the next guy saying, "I'm taking his fucking spot."
This is what I’m thinking about when I’m doing that extra jump rope, when I’m hitting my conditioning, when I lunged 800 meters for 10 years straight, when I eat the food I’m supposed to eat, and when I sharpen my mind with personal development material.
No one gave me shit, I earned this. People have helped me, but no one gave me anything. I took it, and you should take yours too.