‘Cause sometimes you just feel tired,
Feel weak, and when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up.
But you gotta search within you, you gotta find that inner strength
And just pull that sh!+ out of you and get that motivation to not give up
And not be a quitter, no matter how bad you wanna just fall flat on your face and collapse.
The above passage is from the beginning of ‘Til I Collapse, a new Eminem song (not sure if it is really new, but it’s new to me).
Though I don’t listen to Eminem all the time, I do find that he has some very inspirational lines in many of the songs that he writes. The one above is my favorite to date because I think it applies to the challenges that we all face at some time or another, be it fitness or personal.
You see, we all have to face adversity at some time or another. It could be at work, in a personal relationship or during a workout. And how we deal with that adversity all comes down to how mentally tough we are.
That is why I LOVE to train. It builds MENTAL TOUGHNESS!
In my own personal workouts, I love to challenge myself and break through barriers.
Are there times that I want to give up?
Of course there are!
Are there times that I want to quit and just collapse?
But I challenge myself to dig deep and find my inner strength to forge ahead.
We are currently in a muscular endurance phase at Forever Fit SCV, my group personal training business in Valencia, California. The training sessions are grueling with long work periods and very short rest periods. Some of my clients feel like giving up, but they dig deep and push through.
They are building MENTAL TOUGHNESS!
In my mind, tough workouts are preparation for LIFE. By finding the motivation and inner strength to push through something as insignificant (in the grand scheme of things) as a workout, you are proving to yourself that you have the power to overcome adversity.
Then it starts to snowball and pretty soon you are standing strong during anything and everything life has to throw at you. As you continue to build that MENTAL TOUGHNESS, you will no longer be the kind of person that runs and hides when times get tough.
You will be the person that looks adversity in the face, smacks it and surges ahead.
KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES!