“There are soldiers that fought for our country that were hungry, tired, thirsty, and with pieces of steel stuck in their bodies, but somehow they were able to pull it together in combat. Why can’t you get your shit together for an hour and do a couple sets of squats?” ~Jim Wendler
There is certain attitudes out there in this world that needs major overhauling. One of the prominent ones is what I like to call the “poor-me” people. These are the ones who have an excuse for everything. “I just don’t have time to workout”, “I get too tired to read at night”, “I hate my job, but it’s a job.” There’s no fire, no soul, no guts in these types of folks. And they’re all over. Just read your Facebook newsfeed.
If these folks spent a fraction of the time doing things to make themselves better as they do on social media or complaining about outside factors, they’d rekindle that fire. They’d find that passion that’s been chipped away by time. But they don’t. They settle for their “this-is-the-way-it-is” kind of life.
Life is hard. It’s especially hard for those who think the world owes them something. You’re only on this planet for a limited amount of time, take advantage of it. Do what you fear, read 3 books a month, lift heavy weights, and sprint until you hear that thunderous heart beat again. Change the attitude and you change your whole life.
Here’s a little something Jim Wendler has written recently:
Enablers are people that allow you to continue your losing ways. They baby you and bail you out.
Fitness enablers allow you to continue making the same mistakes and never have the guts to tell you where you really stand, never having the balls to let you know that you’re screwing up or that you just might need to sweat if you want to lose a few pounds.
In the fitness world, enablers are most apparent in the mainstream. These are companies that promise a physique change with a five-minute workout gadget. Most of us recognize this. We all roll our eyes at the infomercials. We know it’s not about a plastic ab machine, and there’s a sense of pride in this because we aren’t getting duped.
Unfortunately, the enabler exists in the hardcore training world too. It exists within training groups: guys too scared to tell the “top dog” that he isn’t parallel when he squats.
This happens all the time in powerlifting. A strong lifter “runs” a lifting group with young pups that follow his program and make sure his bench shirts are pulled down just right. This is the guy that rarely hits depth at a meet because his training partners are too busy being cheerleaders and “yes men” instead of real training partners.
The enabler exists in athletics. The coach, agent, friends and hanger-ons tell the athlete he is “going to the league.” They keep his head full of dreams, in the clouds, and not in the books and the work at hand. Bad grades? No worries, you’re getting drafted, son.
Enablers exist as parents who never let the kids get hurt or fail. Welcome to the Participation Generation, now all grown-up and crying about how hard the world is. Sad. Go get a rake and a shovel and learn to do some yard work.
If you find yourself failing in any of the above, remember that great lessons can be learned from:
- Prowler pushes
- Yard work
- Volunteering at children’s hospital
A couple of steady years of this would cure most of yeast growing amongst the swinging richards.
(You can read more from Jim Wendler at http://www.jimwendler.com or t-nation.com)