How To Become Instantly Stronger, Part 3

I have something to confess.

I am easily distracted.

I don’t think I have ADD or anything like that, I think I’m just naturally curious. I’m interested in the world around me. It’s a big, beautiful, wonderful world – famines, disasters, and wars excepted.

And that can be a major problem when attempting to get work done.

For others, we’re easily distracted because anything is better (we think) than our current  situation.

When applied to strength training – kettlebells or otherwise, many of us have a “check the box” mentality. There’s a box in our day-planner that says “workout.” We’re just interested in checking it, not necessarily thinking of getting results. Checking the box is the result.

(I’ve seen this locally with my clients and a lot more recently with the feedback I’ve been getting from my kettlebell fat loss program, Kettlebell Burn. People are actually surprised they’re getting results! This tells me that they have been accustomed to doing any old workout and are accustomed to not seeing results!)

Unfortunately, all this distraction can leave you feeling frustrated, angry, bitter, and even want to quit seeking the goal you’re shooting for.

This can all be easily avoided by evaluating the FA in our equation for instant strength.

Instant Strength = SG + CV + FA + DE

FA = Fixed Attitude.

Please notice that there are two words here we need to key in on.

Fixed and Attitude.

Something that is Fixed, has no movement, no sway, no give. It is – immovable.

And so you must be in order to become instantly stronger. No matter what, you won’t give. You won’t budge. You have a Clear Vision of your Specific Goal and no one or thing can or will sway you from achieving it.

And that brings us to Attitude.

This one is important. VERY important.

I am very big on words. (I like to write, what can I say?)

I believe you can program your mind with the words you speak and think. (Remember, thoughts are things.)

I am always fascinated when I hear people who want to change, when confronted with a possible solution to their problem, respond with “That will be/That is hard.”

Really?

How do you know?

And the reality is, they don’t know. But they think it will be and so it is. And they wonder why they never achieve their goals, and never become stronger.

Your attitude determines everything. Everything.

It’s just like that old saying, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

If you want to do it, you will. If you don’t, you won’t.

But remember, you can, will, and do program your mind. And it depends on your attitude.

Check this out:

“Attitude” by Charles Swindoll

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.

Powerful.

So, do you want to get instantly stronger?

The decide that’s what you will do.

You will deadlift 700lbs.

You will get 250 reps in the SSST.

You will lose 20 pounds of fat in the next 12 weeks.

You will do whatever it is you’ve decided to do.

No matter what.

No matter what.

So, check your attitude. I’m pretty sure it’s currently fixed. But it may not be fixed in the way you want it to be.

Check your “self-talk.”

How do you speak to yourself – think in your mind?

Do you limit yourself by placing negatives and mental roadblocks in your way?

If so, stop.

Instead, do the opposite. Remove the roadblocks.

Watch for words like “hard” and “can’t” and  instead replace them with their opposites – “easy” and “can.”

I can honestly tell you, when standing behind a heavy barbell, if I say to myself, “This is easy. This is easy.” The weight goes up easily. Usually easier than I expected. And this happens all the time.

Now you go do the same. Watch how your attitude changes for the better. Not only during your workouts, but in everything you do.

Trust me – it’s easy.

5 comments… add one
  • Matt Jul 26, 2010 @ 11:35

    This is a big point for me. I struggle to balance positivity with blind optimism. I’m reading a great book on it now – Attitudes that Attract Success by Wayne Cordeiro.

    “I will have a better attitude. I will improve. I will endure…”

    That last one took me a second…my first thought was “I will not quit”, but even though there is a positive direction it’s negative speech, right?

  • Rambodoc Jul 26, 2010 @ 11:43

    Thanks for yet another great post. I have been a silent reader for a while, but just thought I would show up and put my hands up as appreciation.
    One point: along with the right attitude, you need the right coaching, or else a trainee can end up wrecked. Seems obvious, but important nevertheless.

  • Aniko RKC (Hungary) Jul 28, 2010 @ 0:48

    This is a great post, Geoff…gonna print for myself.Thank you.

  • Jesus Jul 29, 2010 @ 11:46

    Very good indeed. I always enjoy your insights and material. I found that same Charles Swindoll quote years ago and I printed the last part about the 90/10% split of life and attitude and post it in my works break area. I know that I and many others greatly appreciate you and what you do.
    Thank you.

  • Russ Moon Jul 31, 2010 @ 11:23

    Master RKC Neupert,

    This formula works !

    It works so well that I would really be interested to see what Part IV is.

    Fixed Attitude – it reconnected me to my time in the Airborne when not following the instruction to the letter was “non-negotiable”.

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