I’m going to remind you of an important key that we need to remember.
It all starts with this short video. Many athletes have reached out to tell me they immediately felt less frustrated.
So often our expectations lead to our frustrations.
Am I telling you not to expect big things from yourself? No.
Am I telling you not to set big goals? No.
Am I telling you to aim small and you won’t be so frustrated? No.
What I want to focus on are our expectations on the return on training.
How quickly do we expect ourselves to “get” something?
How quickly do we feel we should be where we want to be?
So often I find athletes with expectations on the process that just don’t fit into reality. I wish we could say, “Oh, everyone should be able to master this skill in X amount of time.” It would make weightlifting a lot easier. But that isn’t how skill development works.
Non-linear results are difficult for our minds to understand. Even the name might have your eyes crossing and fears of math returning. I’ll keep it very simple.
Think for every ounce of effort I get an ounce of return.
So as an example, for every hour of training I get a noticeable return in skill development. Those who have been around a while know that is false.
Non-Linear results mean that for every ounce of effort I may not get an equal amount of return. The path can have dips, but can also have quick jumps. What we must remember is the jump in return is just around the corner.
A perfect example of this is mobility work and technique work! All the time I have athletes reach out about mobility and that is why I created the Mobility for Weightlifting Schedule. It’s free and is guiding people down this path to overcoming not being able to reach key positions.
Try to remember the path you’re on has dips in progress (which is normal), but also has big leaps. Don’t be so focused on the “when” you achieve your goal. So often we say, “my goal is to PR by X date,” and then when it doesn’t happen some how that is a failure. So often if we waited a little longer that PR would be there.
If we think about the process as staying on the path, being consistent and putting in our work we’ll reach the big leap!
There is one sure way never to reach your goals. Quit before the leap.
I hope this gives you a little courage to face the dips and keep working.
This is a guest post from Drew Dillon, head coach and co-founder of Project Lift during his lifting career as an athlete Drew placed as high as 4th at a USA Weightlifting Nationals and is a personal coach to 2012 Olympian Holley Mangold. He is also know as a weber grill snob and will routinely ask you "what is for dinner" during training. You can follow Drew on Instagram and YouTube.
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