Realizing One's Potential
Allow me to start with a quick anecdote of sorts. Two of my friends have recently started weightlifting again -- nothing crazy but they're doing their best to keep the new schedule. Shit. The new lifestyle. However, the two are approaching the matter in completely different manners. One is training with hopes to impress his girlfriend. The other looked at himself in the mirror and was like, "I'm better than this."
Who do you think is more consistent with their schedule and shown more progress? Unquestionably, the latter person. I see myself in this dude because, though it might not be why I started, the reasoning is in parallel to why I keep lifting.
Everyone's body is unique. When I first started lifting, the DOMS hit hard but once the first wave recovered, I've essentially never been sore since. Though the numbers started as low as any would expect, they increased insanely fast for me. I had similar beginning benchmarks like most people -- break 135 for my working bench press, break 225 for my working back squat and working deadlift. It was a matter of weeks for the first and a month or so for the latter two. This feedback basically told me, "Look. There's something. Let's find out how far we can go."
This wasn't a new me. This was me realizing how me could potential to be.
What I mean is that it didn't feel like I was turning a new leaf in my life. Lifting didn't change who I am. It was simply another piece to the puzzle -- another aspect through which I seek to fulfill my own potential. As the numbers continued to grow, I thought to myself that I think I want to compete in a few years. This idea of competing in powerlifting is now what drives me to continually push 'til my eyes pop out of my head and pull 'til the veins in my forehead bust. I feel like I've been given a taste of what could be, so I'm fiendishly chasing to make it all a reality.
Everyone has this in them. And it address the outdatedness of the quote at the beginning, that includes women as well. There is no reason nor no benefit to go through life without experiencing what it is like to realize your physical body's potential. No time? Make time. No energy? Find energy. No motivation? Do it for yourself because you are better than this. Once you get satisfied and complacent in your status quo, you cease to grow and progress. There's only one other direction if you're not moving forward.
But what about one's mental game?
Of course, a well-balanced person constitutes both mind and body. I don't want to speak too much on this one here with this article, but it's just as important to develop your mind along with your body. Push its capability and seek to learn all that you can. On top of that, build mental resilience and the ability to think for yourself. Doubt the things you hear. Doubt the things you read. Doubt what I've said here. Does it apply to you? Is there evidence that supports the argument? Where is the writer coming from?
In the same manner that you train your body, don't forget about your mind. Both feed into one another. A healthy body will help you keep awake and focus on goals while a strong mind will help you push your physical body to its limits and stay disciplined.
Don't underestimate what you are capable of but never speak before the deed is done.