We’ve all been guilty at one point or another of strictly playing to our strengths. Consistently picking the exercises that we’re good at, the food choices we’re used to, and the cardio regimen that doesn’t take any thought.
The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. If that definition is true, I can confidently say I know many people who are insane. Humans are creatures of habit. We like the things we know we can do, we don’t like our comfort zones pushed.
One of the coolest things about pursuing a stronger, healthier, leaner body is that in order to accomplish those three things, you have to be willing to travel outside of that comfort zone. You have to get comfortable with the uncomfortable.
To me, a great way to streamline this process and develop the discipline required to stay out of that comfort zone for a long enough period of time to see change is to seek out your weakest link. Find the weakest part of your chain, where it would snap if pulled to hard. Acknowledge it. Reinforce it. Refine it. Refuse to be blind to it.
For some individuals, this could be as simple as doing the exercise they hate the most, more often (with an acknowledgement of picking an actual beneficial, efficient exercise). Hate push ups? Suck at them? Great, do more of them. That’s the only way to get better at them. The principle of specificity is an integral part of any goal-driven program.
This could take extra thinking or pre-planning. Hell, sometimes I literally put into my phone calendar, “Meal Prep” or “Practice Handstands” if it’s something I know I might skip out on without some sort of self-accountability.
Take this article as a challenge to pursue something today in which you suck at. Do it with intensity, take the humbling factor with grace, and strengthen your weakest link.