“A wise king never seeks out war, but he must always be ready for it.” – Odin Allfather
Pardon the Marvel reference above, but I was watching Thor the other day and this quote jumped out at me. For what it’s worth the second Thor was kind of trash but I enjoyed the first one and Ragnarok…
There are reasons why some people are simply more successful at things than other. I’ve discussed many aspects of this ad nauseam so I’ll spare you the things you may already “know”, but one thing in particular that I haven’t really touched on has to do with the quote above.
Training is kind of like that quote is it not? By chasing fitness, we prepare everyday for the fight against the things that will bring our health down.
The truth is that we are at war with ourselves and our environment every single day. Some days we win, some days we lose, and some days its a draw. The more we give in, the more we lose. The more we fight, the more we win. Duh, right?
Are you fighting? I mean really fighting? Do you wage war against things that hold you back daily?
If there’s a key thing that I’ve realized in the fitness space it’s that being physically active consistently has a direct benefit of making someone highly resilient.
But, only those that are willing to fight, willing to do the hard things, willing to make sacrifices, and willing to focus for longer than a few days really reap the benefits. Everyone else just chalks it up to some BS excuse.
I’ve explained in the past that daily physical activity is a catalyst for prompting change in your life. What I’ve seen though is when a person has a defeatist mentality, physical efforts are going to be too much to ask and the cycle starts all over again.
So how do we win?
Choose the battle.
Look for challenges.
The more you choose difficult, the easier it becomes to stay the course.
The more you prepare for the fight, the more likely you are to win.