Athletes vs Exercisers.
It’s dawned on me recently, that there are many parallels between what life in the gym and life outside the gym.
The difference between an athlete and an exerciser is simple. The athlete is dedicated to their goals – they will manipulate their diet and choose salad instead of a burger when they go out. An athlete will train when they don’t want to, sleep early instead of going out so they can wake up at 6 to make time for the gym. An athlete has goals that don’t change from week to week, and they will do whatever it takes to reach their goals. If that means gaining weight they’ll do that, if that means losing weight they’ll do that too. The goal comes first and everything else needs to support the goal, things that don’t support the goal are removed from the equation.
Exercisers workout because they find it fun or social. They come in and do what they want and listen to their feelings above all else. When there’s a problem it’s often someone else’s fault. Exercisers change programs more often than they go shopping, because they’re looking for something and when they don’t find it they figure it’s the programs fault. There’s always a reason why they can’t achieve their goals, they’re too busy, the timing isn’t right, they have too many outings planned this month.
Most importantly is the following observation:
For exercisers the problems and solutions are always external.
For athletes the problems and solutions are always internal.
Now, for the gym this doesn’t really pose a problem. Ideally you realize which of the two camps you fall into and you adjust your training accordingly, after all not everyone needs to have physical goals beyond being healthier than they were yesterday.
But in there are many parallels that extend beyond the gym and into peoples personal lives. They difference is that if you take that exercise mindset and apply it to other parts of your life (business, career and personal relationships included) you’ll end up like chaff in the wind. Tossed back and forth by your circumstances rather than taking charge and moving forward to your goals.
Which one are you, and what are you gonna do about it?
It’s never to late to start living like an athlete.