2/12/14 – Fearful Courage
I want to start this off with a quote. Now, this is a stock quote that I am sure that you have all heard before in one cliched movie or another, “courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to recognise fear and move past it.” I know that this is a late post, and that many of you will be getting ready to sleep but I want to ask you something, what are you afraid of? I can tell you that I am afraid of a lot of things, but what my fear ultimately boils down to is that I am afraid of failure. I am afraid of not doing enough, not being enough, not providing for my future etc, but what it all comes down to is failure in one way or another.
People tell me not to worry, that I should stop being worried about failure and that everyone goes through it, and do you know what I tell them? – “Why the hell would I want to be normal?” I say this because the paradox is that while people say you shouldn’t be afraid of your fear and that we all go through it, the reality is that very few people do know what failure is really like because they don’t put themselves out on the ledge in the pursuit of what they want, they just complain about how they never got what they wanted without ever really trying to go out there and get it.
We live in a state of existence where we are crippled by fear. We accept mediocrity and sedentary lives with little to no progression because we don’t want to go out on a limb and fail. Now I realise that everyone hates failure, I know I do, but this has to stop. Failure is not the worst thing in the world! Sure it sucks, but watching the chances you should have taken blow by you, that sucks way more than any uncomfortable risks could ever do. We have been lulled into this society wide state of comfort in which we settle for less than we are capable of, and far less than we deserve so long as we have the stones to work for it.
Today I felt fear of a squat. I decided that today I was going to take 150kg, my 1RM, for a double. I was going to take a weight that I considered to be my 1RM for two reps and I was terrified. I was in an empty gym, with no spotters, no one to help me if it all went wrong, and I was scared. Needless to say I succeeded in my endeavour and I am feeling stronger than ever, but not just because I could lift more weight, but because I took my fear and I moved past it. I made the decision that failure was no longer and option. That level of belief gave me courage, but it didn’t stop me from being scared, it just stopped me from being too scared to take the leap.
– Work up to a 2RM
– 3 x 3 @2RM – 20kg
– 3 x 8
– 1 x strip set
– 4 x max reps
– 100kg max reps
– 1 X strip set
Take your risks people of the Rebellion! Go out there and live the life that your deserve by working for it, because if you are living a life that is not making you better physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually then you are not really living.