The Key Ingredient


There are a lot of factors that go into progress, each playing an important, interconnected role as we strive towards our goals. Each of the following pieces have been discussed at length in previous blogs and are commonly addressed by countless sources within the industry. In fact, I’ll go into some Nutrition Fundamentals principles this Thursday at 6:30pm for those of you who haven’t attended that lecture before.

Many of these commonly-discussed factors that contribute to progress are:

  • Program Design
  • Food Profile
  • Water Intake
  • Sleep/Recovery

However, today I’m going to address a different component that is vital to progress and not typically discussed. This ingredient is not only paramount as it relates to fitness goals, but it also applies to absolutely any other goal you may have in your life – personal, relational, business, you name it.

The Key Ingredient? EFFORT.

That’s right. Forget the program design, forget your food, forget your sleep, forget all that stuff for just a moment and consider the following:

It doesn’t matter how great your program design is. If your effort sucks, so will your progress in the gym.

It doesn’t matter how well-designed your learning materials are. If your effort sucks, so will your education.

It doesn’t matter how friendly the people you surround yourself with are. If your effort sucks, so will your relationships.

If you aren’t happy with where you’re heading or how quickly you’re getting there, take a serious self-assessment at how much effort you’re putting in. All else held constant, you get out of life what you put into it, and one of the few factors we have COMPLETE control over in this world is our EFFORT. 

Harsh language ahead, but I think the following quote is sound advice that embodies what it takes to get what you want out of life:

“Control the things you can control, maggot. Let everything else take a flying fuck at you and if you must go down, go down with your guns blazing.” – Stephen King

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