It's hard to believe it's almost April, but it's now the time of year, at least for athletics, where the majority of the teams are transitioning into their off season, meaning there are not as many structured workouts, or perhaps even none at all.
In life itself, it's interesting to think how oftentimes we either don't make time for an "off season", or worse yet, are living in an extended off season.
Either we are going too hard and trying to do more to achieve intended results, which sometimes produces the opposite affect, or in contrast, we may have never learned the skill of persistent hard work at all, and don't know how to motivate ourselves beyond the help of someone else. If that's the case, it's okay! If it were easy, everyone would have that skill, and probably a smart house.
The question then becomes, "How do I sustain motivation, or cultivate it in the first place?" Or "How do I work smarter so that I can sustain motivation over months?" Both these questions tend to have simple answers, but the execution is difficult.
To be sustain motivation and cultivate greatness, we must consistently dedicate ourselves to the small areas that need improvement, which with time and persistence will produce an overall better us. We must be willing to do more than what's asked of us, because doing the minimum is exactly what keeps us in the same place.
For athletes, the off season is the time where the most personal development should occur, but many times they don't realize this and instead take a long break, and may even regress. OR they jump back way too hard into things at the beginning of the off season and don't maintain motivation for the entire year. Just like the athlete, we cannot let the variables of life deter us from keeping up with self-development.
Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, was cut from his JV basketball team in high school. He is famously quoted saying, "All I knew is that I never wanted to be average," to which hours of unseen sweat and work culminated to a career that will forever be one of legends.
MJ never became complacent, and therefore he expanded the limits of the sport he loved, inspiring millions of athletes since.
What is one small area today to you can take an actionable step to improve on? Maybe it's to do more, or maybe it's to do less. Whatever it is that you decide, when tomorrow comes, improve it again. Rinse, wash, repeat.
Upper-Body Series, 10 of each
Goal: accumulate 2,500m of rowing
Every 3 minutes you must stop rowing and complete:
5 Chest to Floor Push Ups
5 Goblet Squats, 20-30#
Total Time: __________
What is wod?
WOD stands for Workout of the Day
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