These two rules always hold true for 'success'
1) Do the right things
2) Stop doing stupid things
Whether success for you means sport, business, relationships, your job, lifting weights.
You can't violate these rules.
You can't work on the wrong things and let stupid things hold you back.
Coach John Wooden led UCLA basketball to 10 Championship wins in 12 years.
His first lesson to his players wasn't what you'd expect.
He asked them all to take off their shoes and socks, then demonstrated how to put them back on.
What the hell?
Seems like a bit of a waste of a practice session.
But he persisted, showing the players how to:
> seat the heel of the foot in the right part of the sock
> running your hand over your toes and fitting the sock over them
> checking and scanning for bumps and loose parts of the sock, getting a snug fit.
Then he showed them how to tie their laces so they wouldn't come undone.
Getting the shoe to fit well so it wouldn't rub.
The players are thinking 'what the fuck is this guy smoking'...
THEN he drops the knowledge bomb that has now become legendary:
'That's your first lesson. You see, if there are wrinkles in your socks or your shoes aren't tied properly, you will develop blisters. With blisters, you'll miss practice. If you miss practice, you don't play. And if you don't play, we cannot win.
"If you want to win Championships, you must take care of the smallest of details."
Coach then walked away, his first practice complete
Taking care of the smallest of details, to me, seems like a good way to stop doing stupid things that will hold you back.
I've started to focus much more on my time outside of the gym. Sleep, active recovery/light workouts, stretching, walking, reading and relaxing. I can feel myself getting stronger every single week.
Normally, I'd ignore these details and just eat right and train.
Now I'm preparing myself to train, preparing myself to sleep, preparing myself to stretch etc.
The details add up to the win.
In fact, our entire nutrition program at RSG starts by fixing what you are currently doing wrong.
That is, NOT teaching you the right things to do. But plugging up the 'holes in the bucket' so when you do add in good habits, they work for you.
Success can only come when you STOP doing things that hold you back and bring about failure.
Short but powerful lesson today.