Luisa recently wrote about this topic, but I just had my moment. And I wanted to reinforce her original post.
4 years ago I could barely squat 225 with proper form. I was your typical ego lifter. Ass to grass was a foreign concept but I still thought I was making gains. That was Dan at 27 years of age (what a loser, right?!).
I sit here writing this on Thursday, November 10th, 2016 proud and amazed. Proud because I just accomplished a new PR (in terms of volume) and amazed to see how small repeated actions can lead to great success.
Last night I was able to squat 365 for 5 reps. And they weren’t half-assed reps. These were full depth squats, all worthy of the green light at a competition. I am 31 and I have seen first hand that age is just a number in your head. We are able to improve and adapt despite that number.
That was only week 3 of my strength program and I’m excited to see what more I can accomplish. My ultimate goal is to be able to Squat 315 for 20 reps without a break.
Can I do it?
I don’t know. But I can tell you that 4 years ago I would have never even thrown out that goal, not even on my best day. So that conscious thought alone furthers my belief that I have progressed tremendously and it’s amazing to look back on that journey.
Next time you get discouraged, just take a step back and look at how far you’ve come. Progress is slow and takes extreme dedication and commitment. But I’ll tell you what, every small step in the right direction should be celebrated. Those small steps bring us closer to our goals and life should be one constant journey of crushing your goals.
I don’t like to think of it as I just got 1 year old. I like to think of it that I just got 1 year better.
Don’t let your age sway you. You basically got 1 more year of experience. Failures that have helped you learn what doesn’t work. And successes that are only the tip of the iceberg. The best is yet to come and I believe that for all of you.