If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see.
–Henry David Thoreau
This is Scott. He works a 9-5 job, enjoy building computers, enjoys gaming on said computers, does a little wood work, loves K-state football, and enjoys good beer.
Now, insert Scott 3 years later, who for the most part enjoys the same crafts and hobbies as before and still works that job. However, he now spends anywhere from 6-10 hours a week working on becoming a nationally competitive lifter.
If you met Scott now, you would never, ever think he was sedentary, riddled with high blood pressure and cholesterol, or in danger of becoming morbidly obese. That is because the Scott you meet around town today decided 3 years ago to take his health and life into his own hands and start making changes, which started with one goal.
I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.
–Frank Lloyd Wright
I touched a little bit on goal setting in the new year and how it is different than setting resolutions on Monday. Note that resolutions always die with the coming of the new year, or are completed within a couple of months. Resolutions don’t evolve over time, you complete them and you are done. Scott’s first goal was to get healthy, to make sure by industry standards that he passed the bill. Well, that took about 8 months and through his hard work, dedication, blood, lots of sweat, and probably some tears (he is a stubborn man, so I am not sure the tears actually were ever allowed to leave his eye), had a normal range blood pressure (the first time in his entire life), normal cholesterol, and had lost close to 60lbs. Now you see, this is where a resolution would stop. Why continue to grow when you have accomplished what you set out to do?
While you think you’re green, you’ll grow. When you think you’re ripe, you begin to get rotten.
But this is where his story becomes interesting and sets him apart from most people. He decided that what he had accomplished was good, but he wasn’t done yet. Through our ever evolving training, we had dabbled in powerlifting and he had become intrigued with the idea of becoming somewhat hulk-like. So the goals were set anew, changing from general health to becoming competition ready. He continued to pour more time in, upping the hours from just 3 a week to a range of 5-8 in order to both hit his goals in powerlifting and on the side run a Tough Mudder with some friends and run events with his sister. Now I note this because Scott is not your typical runner type (probably the farthest away from being a runner type), but he set a goal to run, and he pushed through and made it happen.
Currently, Scott is training on a performance team roughly 10-12 hours a week to try and compete at local and national meets. He still holds that 9-5, he still enjoys wood working (I know because I get to help him set up his literal tons of wood working machines), he still games, he still builds computers, and he still makes time to do races with friends (against his trainer’s wishes, of course, but the race is Star Wars themed so…).
So why tell you all of this? To make you feel bad? To make you look at your goals and reassess?
Well, yes, if that is what it takes to make you stop selling yourself short and make a commitment to do something amazing, then yes to all of the above. But mostly, Scott serves as a great example for a couple of reasons:
- He could not have started farther from being an athlete and in 3 years has done things he could have never dreamed of and is on the road to becoming a national level competitor. His goals continued to change as he accomplished them. We squatted 300, he says “lets go for 400”, he got 400 and now we are on to 500. The point is that once you reach that goal, don’t stop, you have to continue to better yourself and move forward, because once you have stopped growing then and only then is when you truly fail.
- He serves as an actual real life role model, not one that you see in a magazine or on the front page of some bodybuilding website. He works, has a mortgage, and has other interest besides lifting, but still manages to come in, duck his head and climb over plateaus. Nothing worth doing is going to come easy or be without struggle, so the sooner you accept this, the sooner you can get to achieving bigger and better things.
NOTHING IN THE WORLD IS WORTH HAVING OR WORTH DOING UNLESS IT MEANS EFFORT, PAIN, DIFFICULTY… I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE ENVIED A HUMAN BEING WHO LED AN EASY LIFE. I HAVE ENVIED A GREAT MANY PEOPLE WHO LED DIFFICULT LIVES AND LED THEM WELL.
― Theodore Roosevelt
- He shows what you can do if you just actually make time. I realize some are reading this and thinking “Well he is in his mid-20’s and has more time than me”, but the real issue is that he MAKES time for the things in his life that are important and the things in life he wants to see changed, and that is what it boils down to.
Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”
H.Jackson Brown Jr.
All of this is to say, go out and start accomplishing the task that you have set before yourself. Do whatever it takes to achieve your goals, and once achieved, add on and grow. Never, Ever settle for something less than what you are capable of.
Basically, be Scott-like.