I just got back from vacation. It was a much needed break from everything. As I was driving back, my mind wandered…9.5 hours in a car will do that to you. I thought about many things, but one of the prevailing themes on the return drive was that:
We do not control success…all we control is our preparation. But in 99% of cases we do control failure!
As coaches and as a training facility, we cannot guarantee you anything outside of our best. We will take all of our skills and talents and tools and put them to use for you. We will provide advice on technique, nutrition, sleep, and anything under the sun. But we cannot control you and what you do.
You can take the advice, you can discard the advice. Either way, it does not guarantee success. On any given day when you walk into the gym, you might be successful…you might not. You cannot control the outcome. You can control your effort, your preparation and your mindset. That is all.
You cannot guarantee yourself a sub-five minute mile time on any given day, but you can train to have one. And continue to work towards and then maybe one day, you have it. Any coach cannot guarantee that you will be able to deadlift 500 pounds, but they can give you the tools and programs to help you achieve it. But ultimately the outcome is a matter of not giving up.
Success as an outcome is a process of smaller steps. The only guarantee that we have in life is that there will always be another step to take. We control ourselves and that is it. We control how we react to a great day of lifting and how we react to a terrible day in the gym. We control what happens between our ears and in our hearts, but that is about it. We control when we give up and when we continue to fight.
Control what you can…let the chips fall where they fall and move on. Take the next step, your journey starts now!