Do you remember the times when you’re stuck in class, and the teacher was going through some boring text books, and your mind just wanders out the class?
Were there times where you’re so sick and tired of having to go through some basics stuff like soccer practice where you just want to be out on the the field playing already?
Were there times when you just want to look like a bikini model without having to go through that hours of rowing machine and strict diet plan? all those boring stuff, and hard work?
Fitness is simple, but it is not easy. It takes patience, commitment and dedication to make it into a lifestyle regardless of whether you feel like it or not (especially at the beginning). A teachable heart masters the basics day in day out, where as an unteachable heart says, I know it already, now show me other stuff, this stuff is too easy, I don’t want to do it.
I can tell you that there were times where I just could not be stuffed having to go through that routine. After you’ve done it for awhile, in my case 4 years dedicated training, I have done the bulking and cutting cycles for a few times, and it very easy to slide right back into that comfort zone of “I know this stuff already”. But because of years of conditioning, I just do it naturally without even questioning it.
It may not be the case for you if you’re just starting out. It will take some discipline to build a habit, and if you have a strong enough reason, it would make it easier. Consistency is the key, which is where most people failed at following through. Some quit at the first sign of failure.
But if you’ve done it for years, and haven’t gotten quite where you want to be, how you want to look and feel like, ever heard of the saying ‘If you’re green, you’re growing, if you’re ripe, you’re rotten’?
When was the last time you postured yourself to learn again?
I became unteachable when I reached a certain level of fitness. I have the attitude of, I know it already, why do I have to go through these basic stuff over and over again? I was in class tonight and I look at some of the senior students, how teachable and willing they are at learning, and here I am complaining how boring it is? what happened to me? how arrogant have I become? Then I heard a voice inside saying
‘Pride always come before a FALL’
That really got me. Have I actually applied what I have learnt so far? We have a tendency of feeling like we’re missing out some key nuggets, so we keep buying into the next informercial, or marketing that says ‘7 simple ways to lose fat right now’ but have we used what we have learnt so far?
Wisdom is the application of knowledge. Personal power is the ability to tap into what we have already and convert that into action that brings results. If we haven’t used the basics that’s been regurgitated back to us again and again, what that simply means is, we’re just like hamsters on a wheel, and there is no chance of advancing into the next level.
“Teachability is not so much about competence and mental capacity as it is about attitude. It is the desire to listen, learn, and apply. It is the hunger to discover and grow. It is the willingness to learn, unlearn, and relearn.” – John C Maxwell