Instant gratification, everyone’s deepest desire. Everyone always focuses on the end game or the results but what about the process of getting there?
I want to tell you about an experience I just had recently that took place in, you guessed it, the gym.
It was a Tuesday, I was coming back from an off-day and during the group class I glanced up at the board to read the workout and the conditioning piece screamed bloody murder in black and white. I love working out, I love fitness, but the first thought that came into my mind was “let’s get this over with and I’ll feel great afterward”. I was having a crappy day but I knew I had to work out.
Then something hit me, I realized I was being negative about the whole situation. I stopped, thought about it, and took a different approach.
I decided I was going to take each exercise, each rep, each set and make it very intentional. I refrained from thinking about what was ahead of me and shifted my primary focus on what I was doing in the present moment.
I got this idea from a book I’m currently reading a book titled Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris, and in the book, I came across a page about a fitness guru that shared one of their breathing techniques. He describes a technique he using during training where he takes a certain amount of breaths depending on the number of reps he performs for that exercise.
For example, If you are doing 5 sets of 10 Deadlifts, you’d perform 10 Deadlifts, then take 10 full breaths, then perform 10 Deadlifts over again until all 5 sets are completed.
Flashing back into my workout, the requirement was I would perform 5 overhead presses, so I followed that up with my 5 deep breaths, 7 power snatches, followed by 7 deep breaths, finished with 9 wall balls, and 9 deep breaths. I kept this strategy throughout the entire 15-minute duration of the workout. This technique not only increased my performance physically but gave me a natural high mentally and let me tell you, I enjoyed every second of it.
Looking back, I feel this technique not only increased my performance physically but gave me a natural high mentally that let me enjoy every second of the workout.
This philosophy can be transferred outside of fitness and directly into everyday life. Take a step back, take a deep breath, and enjoy the moment. If you’re taking college courses stop every so often and take a deep breath during class instead of desperately rushing towards a degree. Stop, take a deep breath and enjoy the process of building a new business instead of day dreaming about the millions you want to make. Enjoy the page your reading in your current book and soak in that knowledge instead of rushing to complete another book on your checklist.
One step at a time, control what you can control, and embrace the process of doing it. In the end, we all have choices and decisions to make, if you catch yourself rushing through something, rewind a little bit and remind yourself, you chose to do this, so enjoy it.
You can read more of Coach Brett’s work on his blog HERE.