A while back I reviewed a wonderful book Dan John has written a wonderful book called Never Let Go. Never Let Go is as much a collection of short stories as it is about strength programming.
Nobody I know has more character, strength, or charisma than Dan. I spent this weekend with him at a kettlebell workshop here in Salt Lake City. If you haven’t been to one of his workshops, it boils down to this: hours of stories, practice, sweat, and quotes like:
“The goal is to keep the goal the goal”
“One day you will thank me…today is not that day.”
This was said while Dan was grinding my back into a deeper squat with his big knobby knee.
I will also add that it is wonderfully strange to go to a strength seminar and wind up playing “spot the literary reference” as a man who has deadlifted upwards of 600 pounds quoting Don Quixote and T.H. White (can you identify the “Never Let Go reference?) while discussing goals and might and heavy lifts.
Here was my favorite quote from the weekend. Beautiful stuff:
If it’s important, do it every day
How profound is that? Now, I want you to take a second and just think about it. Wow! Wow! Can you believe how simple it is? But take a step back, Dolemite: never confuse simple with simplistic.
To give the quote some context, we were talking about movements everyone’s body should be physically capable of performing.
- Lifting something off the ground
- Walking while carrying a weight
- Explosive, speedy movements
That’s about it. Those are the movements that our bodies lose when we don’t get enough movement and exercise. So do them every day. The movements don’t have to be heavy or eye-poppingly difficult. They’re just reminders to your body.
If it’s important, do it every day – The non-physical stuff
My own personal addendum to the quote would be this. “If it’s important (to you and your goals), do it every day.” We don’t have to be talking about lifting weights or physical strength for the quote to make sense.
Daily practice of anything is how habits–good and bad–are formed. Here are some things that are important to me that I try to do every day. These practices contribute to my goals, my emotional and mental state, my personal productivity, and joy for life:
- Write something
- Read something
- Sing a song
- Play the guitar
- Hug my wife
- Play with my toddler
- Reduce clutter
- Think of the things I’m grateful for
- Swing a kettlebell
- Lift something heavy
- Call friends on the telephone
- Not make anyone’s day worse.
I could go on, but these are the things that mean the most to me that I have the most success with.
A while back I reviewed a wonderful book Dan has written a wonderful book called Never Let Go which is as much a collection of short stories as it is about strength programming.
You know what’s important to you. You know what your goals are, or if you don’t, you know you should get some together. You know that daily practice makes daily habits, both good and bad.
Make a list of five things that are important to you. Now do them every day. This is simple, but not simple-minded. It is as close to a magic formula or silver bullet as you or me can get.
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