Bodybuilding taps into my strengths of consistency, discipline, routine, structure, drive and it has supported me in building past “weakness” including patience, presence, peace, acceptance on the path to improvement.
When I first started lifting, I didn’t know what I know now and I don’t fault myself for that.
Naieveté generally precedes proficiency.
We just don’t know what we don’t know.
But if we remain open to learning and we pay attention and we do our best to stay present, those lessons are within our grasp.
I have learned many things the hard way.
I recognize that I have so much to learn.
Every new piece of insight or information or wisdom comes with a whole new world of consideration and exploration.
This sport has allowed me to turn inwards and give more outwardly.
It is satisfying to be in a sport where there is no singular end result or destination or singular “best” to aim for.
It has reinforced in me that perfection is the most limiting thing to strive for and what’s most healthy is to strive for your best now and your best tomorrow with consideration for the circumstances you exist in.
Realistic expectations are a sign of vulnerability as well as respect.
I respect my journey, this sport, and the process enough to accept where I am and what needs to be done to be a level up moving forward.
I can recognize room for improvement without being consumed by doubt because I’ve already decided I do what needs to be done.
I rarely feel I need “more discipline, more willpower, more control” because I live in a state of congruency with what is required to advance (not just in bodybuilding but other aspects of my life too).
A select few of the most valuable things I’ve learned along this journey is to accept what I can expect, let go of timelines, know that the daily process is more rewarding than anything else so be sure to celebrate it, & we attribute meaning to everything so remain mindful of words, beliefs, perceptions, & behavior.
In my journey to #BUILDMORETHANJUSTABODY I’ve established tools to support others in doing the same.
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