Making every workout count by striving for excellence and consistency

By Rich

Everyday we have a choice.

We can sit back and let the world go on around us, or we can go do things that most people won’t do, even on their best days, because we constantly want to improve, to be better.

Let’s explore how we can reset our minds to achieve extraordinary results everyday through consistency and excellence. 

Anyone who has watched the comedy “Talledega Nights” knows that the main character, NASCAR racer Ricky Bobby, is all about excellence — that is until he gets a huge taste of humble pie. 

Basically he loses it all and I mean everything, including his confidence. Watch the movie for all the details and laughs.

But the point is, excellence isn’t just a fancy word in a dictionary; it means performing at your best, every day, in all you do. It’s what you should always strive for.

Because excellence goes hand in hand with accomplishing extraordinary results and it derives from our ability to be consistent.

Consistency, then, is showing up day after day and knocking out the tasks on your list — with excellence in mind. It does not mean simply going through the motions or half-assed attempts at checking things off a list.

Consistency demands attention to detail and drive.

You may notice that I didn’t mention motivation. That’s because motivation comes and goes, is often driving by whims and can be fleeting.

Consistent drive for excellence is yours, now and forever, and will be for as long as you want to accomplish those extraordinary things.

So, let’s keep at our tasks and continue to be consistent and over time. Doing so means we will obtain excellence and extraordinary results — in our workouts, at our jobs and with our friends and families.

Rich is a former U.S. Army infantryman and member of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The “Old Guard”) who responded to the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, as our nation was attacked by international terrorists. He is co-founder of Survival Legion, a vet-owned company that stresses functional fitness and draws it’s uniqueness from the Roman Legions.

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