3 seconds to change your life
Are you ready for this? 3 seconds to change your life, what could I possibly be talking about? Well here it is, the last three seconds of that round when you are here in the gym. I know many of you have heard us as coaches talking about the most important set/seconds/rep being the last one. Here is why, it goes well beyond just getting one more rep in for the purpose of building strength, it also helps our determination in parts of life.
Yes of course just from the overload principle if you get one more rep than you did last time your body will anatomically improve. That is important, but for this I am speaking specifically to a mindset. Those last three seconds of that set where the voice starts counting down are the most important because of the will it takes to push through the finish line. Rather than stopping because you know the rest is coming. Do you have it in you to see things through to the end. People think training is just about sets and reps, but the truth is that many of the principles we see in here translate outside the gym as well.
Here’s a great example, how many of you have done our S3, done our jumpstart, or any other nutrition based challenge we have done here? Now how many of you have gotten down to that last day or two before the end, and even though you have been incredibly disciplined, and lost a ton of fat, go “ehh its over tomorrow and I’ve been perfect thus far, what’s one drink tonight really going to matter?”. In the long run maybe you are right, what difference is one drink really going to make, but then how do you feel after. You stayed disciplined all that time but couldn’t make it the last 12 hours? Why? You made it through 37 days and on the 38th you just say “ehh im basically done”?
There aren't many things in this world that you can say are fact, most are just theories and ideas that haven’t been proven wrong yet. Here is one thing I believe to be fact, it is in those moments when you hear the “3….2…1….” that your true character is tested. How can you truly know yourself if you don’t give it everything you have, if you have more in the tank but decide to quit early. Those last three seconds are when your will power is the lowest, when your determination is the lowest, but where the meaning is the highest. If you can push yourself to make it through those last three seconds without quitting early then you broke through your own wall and often it's easier and easier to push all the way after that.
Those three seconds where you see the light at the end of the tunnel, but stay disciplined and don’t try to get there early are the most important in your life.