Are You Wise?
I was talking to a buddy the other day, and the topic of shows came up. We started quoting some lines that have made it into normal everyday use for a lot of people.
Most of them are not relevant for the matter at hand, but I said one that I quote all the fucking time, and I had quite the epiphany. I would like to share it with you now, if I may (and let’s face it, on here I can. It’s the internet bitches, deal with it).
“Trying is the first step towards failure,” – Homer Jay Simpson
Now, you may not think this, but I am not a mind reader. Although I do know you were not expecting that^ as the awe inspiring quote that brought me to this discussion today. By now, though, I thought you would know me better. Guess not.
Anyways, back on track here, that quote has stuck with me since I had first seen that episode of the Simpsons when I was ten. Kind of like “Do or do not, there is no try,” it has also given me a profound view of how I do something.
The quote seems and is for some people, absolutely terrible, off-putting, and sounds to put people down. Telling them not to even bother with anything they do, because they will never succeed. Looking at it from that perspective is quite depressing, actually. But I see it as something more. I like to mix the wisdom of Yoda and Homer Jay Simpson into one affirmation that keeps me moving forward:
“Do or do not, there is no try, because trying is the first step towards failure.”
You can only do when it comes to anything in life. Either it be you succeed or fail, you’re still making the effort. Example: you want big biceps, because who doesn’t? So you go to the gym and giver shit and rip them to high hell, doing a weight that you really have no business doing. You end up using improper form, using your whole body and swaying to high hell and back to get the weight up, taking all the pressure off your biceps and putting your back out in the process. I did that when I first started. Why? Because I was overzealous and stupid. I hurt my back, and fucked up my arms. I learned why that was a bad idea the hard way. I then learned what I was supposed to do, and did it properly.
Or, you’re this guy. Jumping the gun and throwing on way more weight than you’re ready for, or able to do, will hinder your transformation, and can cause serious injury. This can even cause people to mentally shut down and refuse the gym because of fear of getting hurt. That guy was lucky that he rolled back and didn’t fuck himself up. I’ve seen people fall forward, and let me tell you, life sucks at that point, like a fucking Dyson.
So what, don’t bother trying? Hell no! Just remember that everything you do takes time and effort. If this was easy, people would be getting fat and unhealthy all the time, then losing the weight instantly. Life doesn’t work like that. It’s not easy, and not supposed to be. Suck it up and do the work, it pays off in the long run. You need to work up to everything. The best advice I was given was don’t worry about lifting big right away. Work on your technique, and the ability to lift the bigger weights will come. You’ll do things properly, and lose more fat, while gaining healthy muscle mass.
That’s also if you want to get big. If you just want to look good naked (mostly my goal thank you very much) then you still need to work on mastering your technique. From there, you need to work on living a healthy lifestyle, while maintaining your workouts. Easy stuff really. Once again though, it all takes time. Don’t worry, we’ll both get there.