Ever been in the gym and, for whatever reason, you decide to cut the number of reps you are supposed to do? Maybe you were in a "race" with someone in the class or another name on the board and you felt the need to do fewer reps so your final score is right by the other person or because you wanted to "win" the workout. Granted it pretty messed up but, in reality, who really cares? Does it hurt anyone? Not really. You don't win anything by winning the class workout. There are no prizes or fanfare or accolades. But what it does do is make it easier for you to do this EXACT same thing later. Even if you are just cutting the reps because you feel tired or you just want to get through the tough part, you are setting up a pattern. We are creatures of habit and it doesn't take long at all for our habits to form. We also will do everything to make our worlds more efficient, or easier. If cutting the reps makes the workout less difficult or uncomfortable then the tendency has begun that when things get tough, you will want to cut the reps to make it easier. Each time you do this, it gets one step closer to being your normal state of "looking for the easy way out". Again, you are in the gym so what's the big deal? The big deal is that this trait will translate into our regular lives. If you feel things getting tough and you find a cheat that works, then you will always look for the cheat instead of just getting to work the second things get rough. The gym is the easiest "hack" to make you a tougher person by giving you a challenge each time you are here. On the surface, there are the normal improvements in your health and fitness level, etc. But underneath that is the increase of toughness in your overall life. You get to add reps in the right direction, to make it easier to "embrace the suck" when it gets handed to you. To move away from having to look for the easy way out and being able to take what's happening and be alright as you hammer through it. We "are what we regularly do" and if this is the case then we need to REGULARLY and as often as possible BE the person with the actions we want. If you practice excellence and toughness, then no matter what the outcome of the races, you will be a more excellent and tough person. Every day you have the chance to be better, What's your choice today? :)
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