Fourth in my Bodybuilding Success Tips series, this post goes into the details of how one particular human quality can be a very serious obstacle to you reaching your goals. If you have something to add, feel free to weigh in on the discussion.
Over-Training Applies To All Muscles, Your Brain Included
Now, I already kind of touched on this when I spoke about making rest a necessity so I’ll be brief. I’m sure all of us have tried to work long and hard instead of short and smart so the question is why? Why are we less effective in other parts of our lives when we can be on fire in others?
The answer is simple, Ego. Ego is the reason behind so many of our failings, from doing wrong things repetitively, to doing right things in a round-about and ineffective manner.
An example is how I perceived an average workout time of roughly 60-70minutes to be a suitable length of time for a workout. If I didn’t train for at least an hour, I was wasting the gym It wasn’t until I spoke to my personal trainer who recommended a change my program and consolidated my workouts so that I’m doing less exercises, resulting in shorter training times and a harder overall workout. This cut my training sessions from 70 minutes to 35 minutes because not only was I doing exercises that worked more muscle groups, I was also leaving my ego at the door when it came to psyching myself up to do a heavy weight by myself. Again, ego was the only thing that was holding me back.
Business is the same. It’s insanity to think you can learn everything about your particular business and expect to do better than the average person who’s been doing it longer than you. You can’t hope to be successful when you completely lack any kind of competitive each and are simply working harder, not smarter. With this in mind, the more appropriate action is to seek out someone who knows information you want an attempt to learn as much as you can from them, reducing a learning curve and increasing your likelihood of reaching your goal of professional success in whatever field you choose. The key here is to work smarter and more effectively, removing the excess until you have a system that is leaner than Usain Bolt.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery put it best when he said, “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
Nice one Antoine.
Don’t forget to check out my next post tomorrow titled, “Damn, I Look Good in ’em Jeans”.