This morning was a rough one.
I made the foolish decision to stay up late last night and knew I would pay for it in the a.m.
It was probably around 6am when I heard my wife get up for work. It couldn’t have been more than 5 minutes before she was waking me up.
I’ll be honest. It took every being in my soul to get me out of bed this morning.
Could I have slept in? Sure…
Would skipping this workout have set me back? Probably not…
But despite feeling beat down from the last 3 and a half weeks of this 4 week intensity block, on top of going to bed late the night before, I got up anyway.
For breakfast I had a bowl of blueberry oatmeal. I’ll typically have a cup of coffee on my way to the gym, but today I decided to go with a pre-workout sample packet I got from my buddy Johnny a couple of days before.
He also hooked me up with some BCAA packets which I like to mix in my water jug and sip on throughout my workout on my heavier training days.
Despite being “prepared”, I am not going to lie, I was dreading this workout. I was set to bench press at 80% for 6 sets followed by deadlifting at 80% for another 7 sets (including one AMRAP). It was going to be a long day.
During the car ride, I noticed I was trying to convince myself that maybe it would just be better if I went back home and rested. After all, all the signs indicated that I was ready to deload.
But I went anyway.
I won’t bore you with the details…
But I had one of the best workouts I have had in a very long time. The weights were flying up, I felt energized, and I hit a new personal best on my deadlift.
From there it was straight to pick my youngest son up from VPK, come home, and get to work.
My to-do list today was like most days. Not long, but certainly enough to make me question whether or not I could get it all done.
And I am not talking about a checklist of bullshit. Since reading “The One Thing” by Gary Keller and “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown I have dedicated more of my time to focusing only on the things that matter. The essentials.
I went to town on completing all the things that needed to be done that day. But I wasn’t focused. I wasn’t able to get in “my zone” like I usually do. I just wasn’t up for it.
I did it anyway.
I managed to finish everything by about 4:30pm…earlier than usual.
Right on time to drop my oldest son off at baseball practice.
And so here I am now. 6pm at night and I am writing this post for the website.
A post that wasn’t on the agenda. A post that I could have easily gone without writing.
Because sometimes the best time to push yourself is when you feel the worst. When you don’t feel like doing shit…do the most. These are the days where you get to really see what you’re made of. These are the days where you really get to test your toughness.
These are the days where you really get to see how bad you want it.
You see, I’m not different than you. I too have days where I would rather stay in bed or sit on the couch and watch TV. Days where there is not one ounce of motivation.
But what if I relied on motivation?
What if I only got things done when I felt like it?
I can guarantee you would have no idea who I was. You wouldn’t be reading this right now. And I certainly would not have written it to begin with.
So here’s my message to you.
When you don’t feel like it…
Do it anyway.
Set audacious goals. Goals that mean something to you. Make a commitment to yourself and to those close to you, that you will by any means necessary, achieve the things you set out to achieve.
Remember…we are all human. No one wakes up every single morning motivated and anxious to take on the day. No one is excited to go train every single day. But the difference between those who are successful and those who are not is, those who are successful do it anyway.
And if you’re reading this and still confused about how to stay motivated, you don’t, you get committed.