They say that if you fail to plan you’re planning to fail, and there is obvious wisdom to this statement.
I would also say that if you’re not planning on failing you’re screwing up. (Perhaps not as eloquent but you get the idea)
I recently read a study about peoples’ responses to traffic jams. The just of it was that when people are prepared to face traffic, even just being warned that there would be potential slow downs, they handle them significantly better than those who go into them without any warning. I believe that life is very much the same.
When it comes to planning, and pursuing, your goals it’s important to recognise that there will be slow downs. I can’t tell you what they will be – but they’re going to happen.
There are 3 things you need to know about the delays you will face.
#1: There WILL be delays.
This doesn’t mean that there will be delays for other people, it doesn’t mean there might be delays… this will happen to YOU. Unless you truly adopt this belief you’ll be no better off than the people who have never gotten this warning.
#2: If you encounter your delays with the right attitude they will be a benefit to you.
All of the success I’ve had in life, training, and business, have been grown in a field fertilised with failure. This doesn’t mean I haven’t ended up with piles of shit sometimes but, in each instance I’ve failed and taken the time to see if there might be a lesson for me there was. Usually a very valuable one.
#3: Don’t think too much about how these delays might happen.
I remember being asked by an aspiring strongman when I was competing if it was as hard as I thought to gain all of the weight and strength that I did. I told him that it was 10x harder than I had imagined and I would have never have started had I known what it was going to take.
In much the same fashion if you spend too much time imagining what could go wrong you’ll never start (unless you’re nuts… which comes with it’s own set of problems – trust me). Simply knowing enough to not be taken by surprise (or taken over by frustration) when a slow down happens is more than enough.
That’s all I’ve got for you on this, the next steps (understanding, believing and putting into action) is all on you. Good luck and don’t forget….
Craig was born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo. Craig grew up in martial arts and boxing before transitioning into strongman and ultimately competing at the world amateur championships. Craig’s transition into coaching came with mentorships from the greats including Louie Simmons and Bill Kazmaier and led him to be considered one of the top strength coaches in the world. Craig works with athletes internationally including: Olympic athletes, professional UFC fighters, some of the best boxers in the world and top ranked amateurs in a variety of sports.