I have been an idiot many times in my life. I would like you to learn from my mistakes.

When I was a teen, I began weight training to improve my football. To start with, my clueless efforts helped me. I then began to educate myself to make my training better and it further helped me. My newly found strength aided my game. I loved feeling strong so I pushed the envelope. I continued to get stronger and stronger...and football began to take a back seat. I trained and played less. I was in the gym more hours. I was aching almost constantly post-workout. I was packing on size to satisfy my gym ego that made me sluggish on the pitch. I had completely lost perspective on what was important to me and had spent massive amounts of time and energy going in an unuseful direction.

I was an unsupervised, undereducated teen who had got lost in progress of something I found easier than my initial goal. Putting more weight on the bar was easier than getting better at an ever-changing team game that required creativity and fitness of all types.

What's the purpose of your training? What are you working towards?

With that in mind, I would like you to think about the following factors that strongly influence your journey and destination.

  • What methods are you using and how applicable are they to your goal? For example, are you a fighter who fights three minute rounds who is doing hour-long runs to improve your endurance? Is there a better set of methods to get you what you want?

  • How much time are you investing in different parts of your training? A massive rugby prop spends a lot of time in the gym – would some of that time be better spent doing tactical/technical work?

  • Are you sticking to what you are good at because you don't like the feelings of failing and fumbling at new challenges? I know a competitive dancer who achieved a very high level many years ago and has stayed there, doing the same routines in competition as they did 10 years ago. To get to the level they did, they had to keep trying new things to learn. When they became known, they chose to stop trying new things. Watching them hide from their potential to cling onto certainty is tragic. Are you avoiding doing things that would push your abilities forward?

I was idiotic. I spent my time unwisely,  prioritising secondary things to protect my own ego. If any of this resonates with you, you can change things this very day and put your training back on track to match your purpose.



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