Stop the confusion.
Brad Stulberg’s recent piece for NY Mag on the myth of muscle confusion, which could have been called “The Case For Patience, Purpose and Process,” made my neck hurt from nodding in agreement so much.
“The important stuff in life demands patience,” writes Stulberg. “Relationships. Scientific discovery. Learning. Reading a book. These things take time, repetition, and, occasionally, can be wildly boring.”
Any good coach knows this to be true. Navigating the road to success can be a painstaking process. Regardless of your chosen pursuit, it’s important to have the patience and confidence to stay the course and keep putting the work in when something threatens to pull you in the opposite direction. Reminds me of one of my favorite lines from Running With The Buffaloes, when coach Mark Wetmore tells his charges at the beginning of the cross-country season, “I don’t need to build you up. I don’t want you to leave here smashing your head against the wall. Be businesslike, patient, and methodical. Do a little head smashing every day for 100 days.”