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If you strength train like I do, then you know that it can be very humbling at times. In one moment you can feel like the biggest, baddest S.O.B around because you just broke an old PR (personal record), and others times you can feel as tiny as an ant because of the people around you. Despite the roller coaster ride that strength training often creates , it is so, so, so important that you always focus on yourself and what you are doing instead of others around you if you wish to improve and grow stronger.

What I mean is to not get hypnotized, distracted, intimidated, or infatuated with anybody around you that is better than you (easier said than done right?). Every time I go to the gym I’m reminded of this because there is usually someone bigger and stronger than I am. When I first started lifting weights, this fact was difficult for me to accept at times because I always thought I’m the strongest guy around (don’t we all?). This notion is something that I’ve had to let go in order to continue my journey to become the strongest person I can be in and out of the gym.

No matter how good, big, strong I get at strength training or anything else in life, it will never mean that I’m the best. There will always be someone stronger, bigger, and better than I will ever get. What I’ve come to realize is that I need to accept this and move on. Sure, there are times where I recognize an individual for being strong or better at something than I am, but that’s not a reason to stop trying to improve.  I’ve learned through strength training to never compare or judge others or myself based on our abilities or how we look. Whether I’m stronger or weaker than someone doesn’t matter to me anymore. What matters is me and always trying to improve and achieve my goals.

This happens by focusing on you, and you only, to improve who you are.

Leave a comment and tell me if you agree with my opinion or share some personal experiences in which you can relate to mine.

(Learn more about focus and commitment: Elliott Hulse, Jerel Abas)

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