You may have the strength to sprint a mile without stopping and then lift 400lbs off of the floor, but why can't you seem to sprint 1.5 miles and then lift 450lbs off of the floor
When the question is one of margins, the answer is almost always - a lack of mental fortitude. Mental strength is one of those special ingredients that separates the strongest from the strong, the best from the great, and a meter from a mile.
When most of us do our workouts, we spend a disproportionate amount of time focusing on strengthening the body without focusing on strengthening the mind, and therefore, focus itself.
Let me say that focus is never the only reason, but it is a big reason. A bodybuilder for example spends a great deal of time and effort developing their mind-body connection, a focus on muscle contractions that are both stronger and last longer than those that you or I perform when we workout. The same goes for an iron man, an mma fighter, and anyone else competing on a professional level.
Often what separates you from the professional that you watch on tv, whether that professional is an athlete, an entrepreneur, or something else, is that they possessed the focus to see their way to the big stage and you did not....that's it....many professionals aren't any more physically gifted than you or I, but they were, and are, more mentally focused.
The next time you hit the gym for a workout, make a conscious effort to intentionally work on the strength of your focus....pick an activity and whether it's pushing for another rep, adding another 5lbs, or running a minute longer....start getting used to working past your mental thresholds and reaching higher levels of achievement.
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