"Will any of this make you stronger?"
This got my wheels to spinning about a lot of things. About decisions you make in and out of the gym, on the athletic field, in your personal and professional life. Most of us have seen reminder clothing that makes you think about your actions before you actually act out, or you can just call on the golden rule.
This one really hit home for me however.
In the gym -
"Will this make me........"
For the majority of people reading this, that is the goal. To get stronger. That is what we spend that time in the gym doing. Whether it be for sport, powerlifting, or self gratification you should be lifting weights to get stronger. You don't use a screwdriver to hammer a nail into a piece of wood, although I'm sure it could be done. But it would be less effective than using a hammer. You can use weights for a lot of things, but the thing they are obviously used best for, is getting stronger and building muscle. So when you are in the gym, do you ask yourself the question above about why you are doing the things you are doing.
"Will this make me stronger?"
In your personal and professional life -
"Will this make me......"
All of us make decisions we regret. Regret is the outcome of decisions made when you allow your emotions to become unbalanced. You regret doing something because you are/were......
Regret is often centered around situations where negativity takes control and we allow ourself to believe that our actions are justified because we feel jilted. We feel cheated and wronged. And it's hard to answer the question of "will this make me better?" with a clear mind when said mind is clouded with animosity and bitterness.
But to become "better" we must find a way to put aside our animosity and bitterness. Don't make decisions based on short term self-serving emotional satisfaction, which gives birth to regret. But on whether or not the decision you make next will make you better. Not just for today or next month, but for good. What does it do in terms of your legacy?
We make thousands of choices each. From whether or not you will eat breakfast or not, to whether you will train or not that evening. However, I believe that your life will end up being defined around a few select choices you make. When it comes to the important stuff I mean. If you think hard about it, you can probably pin point some of those down right now. Asking yourself a simple question when you are presented with a situation where you feel wronged, may be the difference in living life with regret or fulfillment. Just make sure you give the right answer.