Your Reasons to Train
There’s a reason that you began training. Ask yourself what it is. Is it the same when you started? Have you added or changed your reasons? I train for LIFE. Martial Arts, Jiu Jitsu and Kettlebells. My training has and continues to save my life and keep me on the straight and narrow, has given me great friends, relationships and healthy, productive lifestyle.
The most important thing that you can do for yourself is to train consistently and with purpose. Whether it is to compete, lose weight, get in shape, be a part of a group of like-minded individuals or JIC. Just In Case. Just is case of what? Just in case you need to use your skills and strength in a situation, just like I had in my own house a few weeks back. Just in case you have to lift something off of your child. JIC you need to carry something up some stairs. JIC you want to keep your sanity because you have a positive stress outlet. Whatever your reasons are to train, keep them in the forefront of your mind.
We are all legitimately busy. So what?!?! Make time to train. I’ve never run into someone who regretted the fact that they continued training, but I’ve met plenty that were sorry they had stopped. One of the top HS wrestlers in the country (#1 ranked in NJ State) was in training the other night. I asked him in front of the class how many hours he trained. He replied “6 hours or more per day”. That’s an incredible amount of training and dedication. However, he is very focused and refuses to be derailed. If he can train 6 hours a day and manage to do school work at a level high enough to get him into an Ivy League school, surely most people can dedicate and hour to training everyday, or at least every other. By the way, he will be attending Harvard next fall.
Prioritize and plan ahead. Pack your bag and bring it to work with you. Prepare a healthy snack. Put off the date or the party until your class or training session has ended. If you have the flexibility, push your work hours around- if you don’t- push your social life around to accommodate your training. It’s your training partners that will be there for you, not the guys bending their elbows at the bar. The more often you train, the better you will become and so will your teammates. Time management and prioritization are the key elements.
If you have an injury, work around it. I competed with a broken wrist and broken ribs (not that I recommend that!), but you can still train and learn, even if it’s limited. You must learn how to do “work-arounds”. What would happen if you were sick or injured and you were attacked? Would you have the luxury to ask the assailant come back when you were healthy or feeling better? Of course not, you’d have to deal with the situation right then and there.
If you are already doing these things, great- please remember them. If not, listen to the words and allow them to be absorbed.
Embrace the opportunity to train, grow and become better. It will help you in all other aspects of your life!