Bad Habits

Humans have a lot of really bad habits. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count all of mine. Although we wouldn’t be the flawed messes of people we are without bad habits, I’m pretty sure the goal is to break them like Bruce Lee breaks 2x4s. I’m talking about hardcore, cold turkey, not looking back no matter how bad you want to bad habit breaking. If you’re honest with me, yourself, and anybody that you care about you too can think of a few bad habits that need breaking. Your mind may be full of necessary corrections at the moment, but I’ve got one that we all struggle with; comparison.

You know what I’m talking about right? It’s that insecure troll that lives in your brain, charging you a toll when you see someone who has already reached your goals. After a while these tolls start to add up, and before you know it your self esteem is flat broke and on its second mortgage. I’m not saying that you find a literal corner to cower in, but rather a mental one; your brain is trapped and taking punches like a boxer in the 9th round.

Here’s the first step to recovery: GET OUT OF THE CORNER.

The corner is where kids in trouble go, not where champions go. So your first decision has to be whether you’re a champ or a chump.

Next comes the hard part – not comparing yourself to anyone but you.

I’ve noticed something about people; they’re all different. Nobody has the same DNA code as another. Your genetic profile is 1 in 7,137,577,750, which is why you’re not allowed to compare your progress to anyone else’s. The chances of you having the exact same progress as someone else is, at best, 1 in 2,547,250,806,8647,531,250. Don’t let the difference between your genetics and someone else’s break your motivation to work hard.

Comparing is what Satan did when he decided he wanted to be like God. Doesn’t that tell you anything?

The world may compare everyone with each other, and there’s a place for that but the realm of your personal fitness goals is not it. I cannot compare my powerlifting numbers to someone else’s and expect to see the same results that they do. There is no consequence to me being out-lifted. All I have to do is get better than last time – that’s it.

That’s all you have to do as well. Don’t settle for being who you were yesterday, but don’t strive to be who someone else is today; Always aim for the future you.

Breaking bad habits is like taking off a bandaid; it’s got to be quick. I’m pretty sure that Satan is the instigator of bad habits, and seeing as how his first bad habit was comparison I can only assume that it’s one of his favorites. So when you break the habit of comparison not only are you making yourself better, but you’re spitting in Satan’s eye too – Win Win.

Plus you no longer have to pay that brain troll.

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BS, MS - exercise Physiology
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The impact of three different forms of warm up on performance

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Graduate from Midwestern State University, founder of Endunamoo Barbell Club, and Endunamoo Strength and Conditioning. Working to help athletes physically reach their goals and achieve scholarships while spiritually pouring into as many people as possible on all platforms.