Hey guys, Mitko here and today I want to touch on a topic that’s been on my mind for a while…

See, a lot of guys get into health and fitness as a means to improving their physique, but very soon find out that in the process, training also improves their character in so many ways – it boosts their confidence, it teaches them the value of discipline and hard work, and it makes them a better version of themselves in general.

As a result they’re hooked and they really take this quest of self improvement in the gym to heart – they work out, they read everything about training and nutrition, they surround themselves with like-minded individuals – and they fully immerse themselves in the gym lifestyle.

And as a result, they really get this area of their lives handled.

Yet for some odd reason beyond my comprehension, they don’t apply these same principles to all the other areas of their lives that are going to shit…

A lot of them work shitty jobs, are in shitty relationships and feel shitty in general, not realisizing that they could be and should be applying the exact same principles they learned in the gym to all the other areas of their lives.

And trust me when I say that so much of what you learn in the gym is directly transferable to life in general…

Going for what you want

Most people in the world walk through life in a walking daze.

– Owen Cook

If you had to describe most people’s lives nowadays, it would go something like this:

  • wake up

  • eat crappy cereal

  • go to work at a job they hate

  • come home

  • Check Facebook

  • Watch TV

  • Go to bed

  • Repeat ad nauseam...

Most people just don’t have that drive (or more precisely they don’t nurture and develop it).

They lead purposeless, bland, mediocre lives until the day they die.

Now, there’s nothing inherently wrong with living this way if it truly resonates with you.

Currently we live in the most peaceful and prosperous times since the origin of mankind.

With constant technological advancements, nowadays the regular person lives better than kings did just a hundred years ago.

But with all the freedoms we posses and with all the available technologies (the Internet went public just 27 years ago(!)), for the first time in history each of us has the unique opportunity to pursue a life of his/her own design.

So to not realise your privilege and seize this amazing opportunity, and at least try to make it happen for yourself, seems ludicrous to me.

But the gym has some lessons for us:

You can change.

You can improve.

You’re at the cause, not at the effect.

What we do in the gym is we literally sculpt our bodies to our desires, and in the process we sculpt our character too.

And what you have to realise is that you’re at the cause in all other areas of your life as well.

If you have a shitty job, you don’t have to stay there indefinitely.

You can take steps that will eventually lead you to a better financial situation where you do meaningful work, whatever meaningful work means to you.

If you’re in a shitty relationship, you don’t have to stay there either.

You can walk away and take steps to becoming more attractive to the opposite sex, and you’ll eventually find a more suitable partner.

You CAN lead a life of your own design, you just have to have the audacity to go after what you want and put in the work to get it.

Goal-setting and planning

Failing to plan is planning to fail.

– Alan Lakein

If you’re serious about the gym, more than likely you’ve gone through the process of setting goals and planning exactly how you’re going to achieve them.

Whether you want to become 200 pounds at 8% body fat or you want to squat 400 pounds, you know your goal, it has a deadline and you have a very specific plan detailing how you’re going to do it.

For example, if you weigh 160 pounds and you’ve set a goal to become 200 pounds at 8% body fat, then you probably: have a deadline, you know how many calories you need to consume each day, you know you’re going to hit the gym every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, you know exactly what exercises you’re going to be doing, you know the sets and reps…

It’s all planned out.

So how come you don’t have the same commitment to your success in the business & financial area of your life, as well as in all other areas?

You need to have specific goals in each area of your life coupled with a detailed plan about how you’re going to achieve those goals.

The cool thing is, the goal-setting and planning process is the same as in the gym!

Tracking and measuring

tracking and measuring

Again, if you’re serious about the gym, you probably track your body weight, your workouts and maybe even your macros.

How else are you going to know how you’re doing and whether or not you’re going to hit your goals before the deadline?

Well, the same thing applies to all other areas of your life.

You need to set up systems in place to measure and track your progress, otherwise you can’t do the necessary adjustments to correct the course along the way… because you don’t know what they are – you’re clueless.

It’s like looking for something in a dark room – you have no idea whether or not you’re getting closer until you turn on the lights!

Progressive overload

progressive overload - milo

When you first start going to the gym, you don’t just leapfrog to squatting 400 pounds right off the bat, right?

Of course not, you start with just the bar.

Next time you add a bit of weight.

Next time you add a bit more… and so on.

It’s the same with everything else.

If you want to pick up the habit of meditation, for example, you don’t just start meditating every day for 40 minutes.

It’s just too much, too soon.

Instead you start off by doing 5 minutes of meditation a day.

Then, after a month when the habit is formed you increase it to 10 minutes a day and so on.

You start small and improve from there.

Pushing yourself and getting out of your comfort zone

one more rep

When you’re mid-set and you’re already tired, do you just drop the weights and call it quits?

Of course not, you just do one more rep. And then you do one more…and one more… until you finish the damn set.

The gym teaches you to push yourself and overcome your limitations, and you should apply this to your life as well.

If you’re reading a book but you’re getting tired… just read 5 more pages.

If you’ve been working on your craft but you’re getting tired… just do 15 more minutes.

Keep expanding.

Patience and perseverance

obstacles

Fact: body transformations take a lot of time, hard work and sacrifices.

If you have a high enough goal in the gym, you surely realise it might take you years to achieve it.

Well, it’s the same in any other area of life:

There is no magic pill. And there is no overnight success.

It takes time, and a lot of it.

It takes massive effort.

You encounter seemingly insurmountable obstacles along the way.

If you don’t have the same type of perseverance that you display in the gym, sooner or later you’re going to quit.

In conclusion:

Most if not all of the principles that you learn in the gym can be applied to all other areas of your life if you’re creative enough.

You just have to look for them.

But the real takeaway point of the article is this:

You’re privileged enough to have been born in the most abundant times of human history and as such you have the unique opportunity to pursue a life of your own design in all areas of life, be it health, wealth, relationships, spiritual…

Don’t squander it!

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