The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.

Marcus Aurelius

Developing strength takes a little bit of craziness. Because you’re only able to build strength when we repeatedly do things that we have not done before. But knowing that training will be tough and grueling takes away the mystery and some of the difficulty. If we know that something is going to be tough before we take action, then a lot of the anxiety derived from anticipation is removed.

This is why we train like we compete. If you’re a competitive athlete, then we want to train as hard as, if not even harder than we would anticipate competing. This is because when we have been there before, even in a simulated training environment, the second time we encounter it, it will not be as difficult.

Training our minds to accept the tough action and partake in an activity that is inherently difficult, hardens the mind and creates a resolve that is hard to break. When you develop and train this characteristic, it will begin to show up in other aspects of life too. You won’t simply be able to complete a fifth set of heavy reps, but you will continue to work hard on a project because you know your job isn’t done. Your work is only done, when the task is complete.

Training isn’t that difficult when compared with a lot of other things in life. Tragedy, crisis and heartbreak would all rank as more difficult than training, so when we look at training, we must remember that, in and of itself it is not that hard or difficult, but that’s what makes it so powerful as a mental development activity. Because when we focus on the work, we subconsciously realize that not only are we able to endure heavy weight training sessions, but we can endure anything else life can throw at us.

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