How to Get Stronger Physically and Mentally
Commit to an Action for 7 Days by Harrison Wendland
Every table needs 4 legs. We all need spiritual, relational, health, and professional legs to balance our table. Today, we’re going to look at the table leg of health.
What’s the best way to build a wall? One brick at a time.
Which swing of the ax was the most significant? Every swing put together.
Abraham Lincoln was said to be asked how he would chop down a tree if he had 3 hours. It’s stated that he responded by saying he would spend the first two hours sharpening the ax.
2 hours of sharpening, 1 hour of ax swinging.
It’s much the same in the world of health and fitness, we must pursue our goals and aspirations one workout at a time.
A friend of mine was chatting with another mutual friend and talked about the importance of doing what we’re able to do and doing that regularly before we step up and start doing more.
He said what you could start is simply walking into the gym for 2 weeks in a row and then going right home.
He said after that, you could walk into the gym and walk on a treadmill for 20 minutes for 2 weeks in a row.
He said after that, you could start jogging in the gym or adding some weights for the next 2 weeks.
By slowly increasing your capabilities, you are working in a way that is very sustainable and self constructive. Again, the best way to build a wall is one brick at a time—or here, one habit at a time.
That works and that works well. Most people hire a trainer for this reason. They want someone who can help them take the steps needed to get to where they want to go.
That’s mentorship 101. It works and it’s used by many people because it works.
The other way
There’s another way. You don’t have to go step by step.
You can take a leap.
You can dive into the deep end rather than wading in the pool.
If your goal is to become fully immersed in the water, why walk over to the 3ft section if you can dive right into the 10ft pool? It just takes more time and ultimately is harder to achieve your goal.
If your goal is to run a 10:00 mile, what benefit are you going to get in running ½ mile every day? Not as much as running a mile. I’m sure we can agree on that.
So, yes, the step by step method works well for many people and many people love it. However, if your goal is to workout at least 30 minutes every day, why would you take the advice that’s worked for others and drive to the gym, walk in, then go home? That’s not a workout, right?
If your goal is to workout at least 30 minutes every day, then do it. Period. Find a way, make a way, get it done. Period.
Maybe you need someone to call you at 4:30am like I was doing for my last workout partner.
Maybe you need someone to give you a note of encouragement after each successful workout (your spouse might enjoy doing this for you).
Maybe you need someone to give you a pair of running shoes (just ask).
Take Action and Win
Don’t overcomplicate it.
Health and fitness are not complicated.
Most people will agree that they know what it takes to eat healthy… but will still eat fast food weekly.
It’s not that we don’t know what to do; it’s the execution is lacking.
And often, that’s because of a smaller commitment than is necessary to succeed.
One of the things that I’ve learned and really grabbed on to is the connection between mental strength and physical strength. I’ve found that when my body is strong, my mind is a lot stronger also. I’ve found that when my mind is strong, I want to work harder to make my body stronger.
75 Hard was a great program for me to partake in to build and refine myself.
Here’s the link to it: 75 Hard Mental Toughness Program. It’s no joke, it’s a serious undertaking and possibly one of the toughest commitments I’ve fulfilled in my life. The biggest growth area of the program was simply the consistency and the discipline required to execute on all aspects of it.
Anyone can workout every day for a few weeks. Anyone can drink a gallon of water for a few weeks. Anyone can stay 100% committed to a diet for a few weeks. Anyone can take a progress picture every day for a few weeks. Anyone can read 10 pages a day for a few weeks.
But… not anyone can do all those things at the same time. Every day. For 75 days. It requires a serious commitment—one most people don’t want to make.
Once you understand the connection between physical health, mental health, and spiritual health, you’ll be more inspired to commit deeply, buckle in, and get after your goals.
An object in motion stays in motion. Momentum is the strongest force.
Albert Einstein remarked that the power of compounding is the 7th wonder of the world.
Make it real:
Going into this week, identify a health and fitness goal that you have and commit to an action for 7 days that you know you can make time for every day.
That could be walking or running a mile every day.
That could be doing a 30 minute CrossFit workout every day.
That could be packing a lunch and bringing it to work rather than ordering out.
Whatever a main goal is, create a daily goal for the next week that will pull you closer to that main overarching goal.
And if you miss a day? No worries! Just start again the next day and try to execute for 7 days in a row. Remember that the seventh wonder of the world—the power of compounding—and use momentum to your advantage.
“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
“People don’t get kept up at night by their dreams, they fall asleep and dream about them.” — Harrison Wendland
“We must build a table each day and there are really four legs to our life: spiritual, relational, health, and professional. From the outside, we can think others have it all, but each of us needs all four legs.” — Scott Auker
Thank you for reading.
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