by Tony Gjokaj August 19, 2020 4 min read
One of the best ROI's (return on investment) I've received from fitness is not the muscles. It was from the mental fortitude I developed over the years. To grind through one more rep, to learn a new technique, or to hit a new personal best. These require more than just body, but the mind.
Developing mental toughness or grit through exercise allowed me to utilize it in other areas of my life, from careers to competitions and more.
In this post, we are going to talk about grit, and the 5 steps to develop it.
Let's dive in!
Grit is defined as perseverance towards long-term goals. It is one of the biggest drivers of success. In fact, according to a research study, it was concluded that no matter the career or hobbies or passions that you may have... grit trumps everything.
Talent is a short-term gain. Grit, tenacity, or mental toughness is what drives us beyond talent.
Now let's talk about the 5 steps to becoming mentally tough.
Firstly, ask yourself: what is your purpose in what you are trying to do? Whether it is a fitness or career goal, why does it interest you? How does it align with your goals?
Remember to find connectivity in all that you do. For example, realize that fitness helps both physical and mental health, allowing you to perform your very best. Believe that every action is a necessity towards your goals.
Figure out what you perceive mental toughness to be. It could be an influencer that inspires you in a specific field of preference. Or maybe some goal you desire to achieve.
Many of us look towards an athlete or public figure that we aspire to become or to maybe learn lessons from. Use that athlete or figure as the person you aspire to be. Work on building those traits.
If you have to, embody an alter ego that allows you to become the person you want to be.
Realize these three goals, and strengthen your mental grit muscle.
Work towards achieving your desired goal and persist through each battle - learning, losing, and winning. Break your goals down into step-by-step parts, allowing you to focus and dial in.
When I started Reforged, I was overwhelmed about what I wanted it to become... even before I started. What I had to do is worry about the first steps - of creating the product, adding the label, and more.
Remember this: the process over everything. Prioritize the process so that the results will be achieved. Don't worry about the results if you don't have the necessary processes to get there.
Motivation is the charge and discipline is the battery. When the motivational charge is running low, discipline is there to keep you going.
Sometimes we aren't always motivated, which is why we reinforce processes or habits to accomplish our goals. Reinforcing these habits ensures that you will build your grit muscles.
Remember that at times, things may get boring with the process. This is where you embrace the monotony of your craft, the habitual side of it. Seek to become more proficient at it, and juggling more tasks. Everything you work towards allows you to build that mental grit to overcome immediate obstacles that may arise.
Surround yourself with others who have the persistence and grit to do what's necessary to be their best. Having people hold you accountable (whether directly or indirectly) allows you to work out your mental grit muscles.
Whenever I am working with like-minded individuals who are farther ahead than I am, it elevates me to perform at the same levels as them. If you've heard the saying "never be the smartest guy in the room", that saying is true.
Surround yourself with people well-established or people that have used their mental grit muscles more than you have. You will be around some badasses that will motivate you to reach a greater potential.
Mental toughness (Grit) is like a muscle: it must be trained. You must go through obstacles in order to develop this mental muscle. In order to develop this mental muscle, we should work towards the following:
One final note I want to leave you: choose to Embrace that obstacle. To go one more. Allow yourself to reach a greater potential. To be Reforged.
Any questions or comments? Throw them below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time Reforged Legion!
Tony is the Owner of Reforged Performance Nutrition. He is a PN1 Certified Nutrition Coach and has been in the fitness space for over a decade. His goal is to help bridge the gap between physical & mental health through fitness.
by Tony Gjokaj July 26, 2021 3 min read
What are the benefits of getting direct sun exposure?
Our human skin "runs" (for lack of better word) on a serotogenic system. This means that it is capable of producing serotonin. Sunlight exposure helps produce serotonin.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates our mood, digestion, bone density, and sleep. It is synthesized from tryptophan as a result of Vitamin D, which is synthesized from sun exposure.
So in this post, we are going to explore what this means to us and why sunlight exposure benefits us.
Let's dive in!
by Tony Gjokaj July 19, 2021 3 min read
In our quest to find what is leading to the decline in testosterone in men, we look towards the lifestyle choices encountered in our society today.
While we are all about optimal performance, some of us will sacrifice sleep, proper eating habits, and exercise for career performance.
One of the most neglected factors in this pursuit is sleep... and sleep is one factor that can have a large impact on testosterone.
So in this post, we are going to go over how sleep impacts your testosterone levels.
Let's dive in!
by Tony Gjokaj July 14, 2021 4 min read
When it comes to testosterone production, many men scour the internet in hopes of finding various ways to improve testosterone naturally.
The big secret about all of this is that it is well within our grasp for most of us.
Nutrition, for example, can play a huge part in testosterone production and is essential to optimize.
So in this post, we are going to talk about nutrition and how we can use it to optimize our testosterone levels.
Let's dive in!
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