One of the most valuable pieces of advice I have received about competing in weightlifting is that, “it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” Getting better is not about being wildly successful in this Friday’s max out session, this month’s squat cycle, or even this year’s big meet. It’s about showing up consistently, putting the work in consistently, and understanding that progress takes serious time. It’s about being able to see the end goal and then to understand that you may have to make short-term sacrifices for long-term gains. Sometimes, taking steps back to focus on technique or strength, while extremely difficult, is what will allow you to stay healthy and to continue to move forward. Set long- term goals and then commit to them every single day you walk into the gym. Enjoy the small victories and always be willing to improvise. And remember that success in anything, especially weightlifting, takes time.
“Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.” ~ Brian Adams
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