Dylan Spina – @DylanSpina61
It’s 2017, technology has made our lives damn easy. For most of us just being alive and doing what we do day in and day out can be pretty satisfying. There’s no mental struggle, there may not be any physical struggle… things are pretty comfortable. We don’t grow in the comfort zone though. I’m sure you have heard that plenty of times. In all honestly, I think adversity is great, you should strive to do something that’s adverse to your liking. Because if not, you become complacent. When you become complacent, you get killed. Because when that adversity strikes you don’t know how to handle yourself.
That’s where you create an uncomfortableness. You decide what you want to get better at. But when do you decide to get uncomfortable? I’ll give you a personal example, recently I competed in a powerlifting meet where I had to make weight. I wanted to go in with no meet specific training and no peak cycle, which would be unheard of now-a-days. On top of that, I also wanted to create the adversity of making weight. I competed at 198lbs. One week out I was 200lbs. Instead of just coasting in from 200lbs, I wanted to give myself a challenge. So, the previous weekend I indulged in soul food and gained nearly 10lbs, going into a light deload week. Weighing 207lbs I wanted to see if I would have the mental fortitude of making the weight class I designated for myself. Suffering through the week was worth it. Instead of being comfortable, I suffered, made the weight and took 1st. I don’t think without suffering like that prior to the meet, the result would have been as satisfying.
But you don’t even have to take it to the extreme of something like that. It can be something as simple as not taking the elevator in the parking garage and opting for the stairs. Or even not having that cup of coffee as soon as you wake or even not at all. The little things you see as routine or daily. Break those just for a little bit. Venture outside the known and ask yourself “what if I did _____?” Two things will happen when you do that: 1) You grow mentally 2) You now know you can do something difficult when it presents itself without your intent, because you can fall back on that experience that you forced yourself to get uncomfortable and say, “Yeah bitch, I got this.”
Creating adversity will create greatness– Complacency Kills.
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