The saying “the only easy day was yesterday” serves as a reminder that there are no shortcuts in the journey to physical fitness and progress takes time, dedication, and hard work.
This phrase has great impact on me, as I, like many others, have a tendency to look backwards instead of pushing forward. This often results in a victim mentality and the tendency to make excuses or blame others for our lack of progress, when in reality, our current state is mostly due to our own decisions and avoidance of necessary work.
Recognizing this behavior in myself, as well as witnessing it in others, is disappointing. Complaining is a destructive habit that is poorly received and shows a lack of respect for the world and others. All great things, even small accomplishments, require discipline and commitment, even when faced with resistance and discomfort. Overcoming the temptation to give up is one of the biggest challenges in fitness specifically, but the key to success in anything is to keep pushing and never stop learning from your expeirences.
For millennia we had constant reminders of our true fragility. Now that we rule the dominion we can downplay all of it because of some of our very misleading creature comforts.
People want to curtail anxiety, discomfort, pain, emotion, conflict but they forget (sometimes ignore) it’s an inevitably. STRUGGLE is NATURAL, found in NATURE, across TIME.
A universal constant.
That means NO MATTER WHAT, it’s going to happen. Some are hit infinitely harder than others. So much so that the impossibility to move forward is indescribably overwhelming, but that doesn’t change the fact you MUST move passed it.
One of the biggest challenges in fitness is overcoming the temptation to give up or to take a break. BUT the only easy day was yesterday, and it’s important to keep pushing yourself because around the corner of this pain and discomfort is the success your potential starves for.
Repeating this educates you more and more of who you CAN be. The key to evolving is to keep pushing and never stop learning along the way. It takes time, effort, and consistency to see changes in one’s body and mind. In health and in life.
This doesn’t mean you wake up and eat a bowl of nails, without any milk. It means you work to stop the victim mentality every time youre met with struggle.
Instead stare it dead in the eyes.
AND SIT WITH IT.
Accept it as a marker of your advancement. A universal TEST. Embrace it and then fight like HELL to get yourself out of it because you want something more out of life than that. Your potential DEMANDS it.
Lets wipe our hands, yesterday is done. Today is new and ripe with challenge, but also abundant in REWARD.
Dive in, it will suck, but maybe if you dive deep enough the suck will be your friend.