If you not yet achieved the body of your dreams, the reason is simple, you have not yet pushed through “THE DIP”! Now this can have one of two meanings:
- You are currently in the dip and it is only a matter of time before you push through and become a sexy beast. Or,
- Every time you find yourself in the DIP, you QUIT!!!
If you have been working out consistently for at least 3-to-6 month you are most likely in a dip. The dip as you will soon learn is a necessary part of the process. So don’t worry how you ended up in the dip and instead ask yourself,
“Am I going to rise-up and push through the dip, or am I going to quit and (once again) fade into the background of life?
Unfortunately way too many people give up once the going gets tough…
Here’s the all too common scenario —You decide that today is the first day of the rest of your life! You’re going to stop making excuses and you’re finally going to get in shape. So you do your research and find a great gym with amazing trainers and finally begin this journey of self-improvement. At first, it’s way better than expected, you are having FUN, meeting lots of amazing people, and for the first time in a long time you are making PROGRESS! But then, out of nowhere, a big dose of reality punches you in the face, suddenly ending this fitness honeymoon causing you to tumble down into the DIP!
What is THE DIP?
The dip is the universal truth that nothing in this world worth having comes easy. The dip comes in many forms such as injuries, kids, money, an unpredictable schedule, or perceived lack of time. While those obstacles maybe obvious one of the most underrated is the lack of ambition for doing more than the just the bare minimum. Fitness is about self discovery and mastery of the physical world and the dip requires you to do more than just show up to the gym.
The dip is the part of the journey where you transition from a beginner to a master. This transition requires you to get a deeper understanding of your path. This could mean improvement of your technique, balance, rhythm, timing, coordination, flexibility, body awareness, strength, or work capacity. The problem here is that the improvement of these aspects is HARD, it takes a lot of time and effort. However, they aspects won’t fix themselves so you must make a concentrated effort to improve or you will never progress. Sadly, for many people the decision to quit and find a new gym and a new trainer looks like a better option then battling these obstacles.
There is good news, the DIP is what makes your accomplishment special. As the old saying goes; if it was easy everybody would do it, so the dip acts like a filter that weeds out all the pretenders, naysayers and wannabes. So the next time you find yourself at the bottom of a DIP, realize that the only path to success is through the dip, not around it. Quitting, joining a new gym, or looking for another trainer is not going to solve the issue. The “issue” lies within… So “bite down on your mouth piece and start swinging” because getting through the dip will be one of the biggest fights of your life. However if you emerge victorious you will be forever changed!!!
This blog was inspired by the book THE DIP by Seth Godin which I highly recommend you read!