Monday, February 09, 2009

Dedication

The book that I recently read, Talent is Overrated, theorized that the most successful people in this world, at whatever task to which they have applied themselve, have succeeded primarily through years and years of dedication.  Taking Tiger Woods as an example, by the time he graduated from college and turned pro, he had been playing golf for more than twenty years.  The same case was made for great artists like Beethoven.

Almost certainly, there are physical limiters.  Our physical bodies have some small part in our abilities.  Not everyone is a born runner, or born triathlete.  Not all great runners and triathletes were born that way.

All animals, humans included, have the survival instinct ingrained into their being.  Like a river, we all will take the path of least resistance to achieve our goal.  Once we lift our arses out of the bed, everything we do has a cost, and eventually the price must be paid.  A higher dedication comes with a higher price, and for some of us, the cost is simply too high.

As I begin my tenth week of P90X, I am finding it harder and harder to get motivated.  The temperatures here have been almost spring-like, and the urge to swim-bike-run has been strong.  If nothing else, I have dedicated myself to P90X and what it can do for me.  I added in a few rest days early in the plan, and recently, I missed one Ab X workout (15 minutes), but other than that, I haven't missed a thing.

I am not ripped.

As a matter of fact, I haven't lost pretty much any weight at all.  Yet, I know I'm stronger.  The muscles along my back and neck or bulging.  My triceps and biceps are bigger.  I can get to twenty now on those damnable pfiefer scissors.  This morning, I did all forty Mason Twists and added the 10 bonus twists.

I could have gone farther!

My love handles are still with me, and my mind is asking questions.  The answers reside in the foundation that I laid for myself:
  1. Never used a chin up bar.
  2. Used my own meal plan and not the P90X meal plan.
  3. Never laid off the beer, wine, and fatty food.
What do all those things have in common?  They require dedication.  I'm not going to sit here and whine about how things didn't turn out the way I wanted.  Nor am I going to express frustration that those ripped peeps on TV can do this shiz and look like Tony Horton, yet I cannot.  The truth is, I took the P90X motto, "Do your best, forget the rest!", to heart.  For me, over the past ten weeks, this has been my best.

I fully realize that Rome wasn't built in day, nor was this body.  I have years and years of potential and PRs ahead of me before age sets in and PRs become a thing of the distant past.  I am willing to make this investment, to take this time to become the person, the best person that I can be.

That too, takes dedication...

Wes

p.s.  We are conducting a virtual race on Valentine's Day (or there abouts!)  see the post below....

18 comments:

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

I think I needed ot read this post. I have spent a lot of time in teh gym and my weight hasn't budged. I'm stronger, but I still look like me...pudgy in the middle. Guess that's okay. :-)

Jess said...

I haven't read the book, but as you describe the premise, it seems reasonable. I think most things take hard work and dedication, and very few things can be accomplished on talent, or natural ability, alone.

Lauren said...

Good post. I needed it today too.

Stef said...

I LOVE this post! What I got out of it is YOU taking responsibility for you results and I love that!

Way to take a stand for yourself Wes!

Woo Hoo!

Shannon said...

I totally get what your saying. It takes a person that is committed and dedicated to see true change. I bet that 1% is "born" to do something with ease, the rest of us have to work really damn hard at it to see results.

Smithposts said...

Sometimes, change isn't immediately visible to the eye. Your dedication to the
P90X program is a great success story!

LBTEPA said...

Maybe being stronger will have to do for now - getting ripped (ie giving up comfort food and drink) might have to wait until life is a teeeeeny bit less stressful? ((hugs))

Kevin said...

You usually cant get far without hard work and determination. The strength you have built should at least help lessen the chances of injuring yourself

teacherwoman said...

dedication. true dat.

Gotta Run said...

The plan is INSANE and I for one would say you did GREAT!! One must live and having a cold beer is part of that.

Any improvements we make are fantastic in my book.

kurokitty said...

There's a similar thought in Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers," in what he calls the 10,000-hour rule.

Michelle said...

Wes, I have no idea what P90X even is but their motto, "Do your best, forget the rest!" really speaks volumes!!!

I think you are doing quite amazing my friend!!! Love handles can be cute!!!

:O)

Joe said...

As so often, Wes, you make a good post.

The book is marketed well. But I don't think I could ever play the guitar well, even after 10,000 hours of practice. Nor do I think Paul McCartney could manage a manufacturing operation, even if he practiced for 10,000 hours.

Yet, the issue of "doing something for a long while" is a good one. There's another little book on the subject that has helped me... "Mastery" is the name. Stay the task...expertise is non-linear...it comes in spurts, seprated by plateaus. That's been my experience.

Good stuff, though. Hope you are well.

Ryan said...

Ok, I'll do your little race on Valentine's Day...8 times. That is the day of the Myrtle Beach Marathon.

I would like you to post a pic of your sweaty bulging triceps...was the too creepy...yes....mmmmm good!

Marcy said...

I liked this post Wes :-) I think your cra-zay p90x butt is going to KILL this tri season. I'ma telling you ;-)

Thanks for the heads up on the VR. I'm gonna have to check it out.

Lily on the Road said...

We love your "handles" Wes, LOL,

Thanks for the great post, I've been sort of whiney lately about "all this running and I'm still out of shape"....

time for me to suck it up and do my best!

akshaye said...

I love the motto.. you did do your best. Besides the off season is a bit of a mental break too.

Makita said...

Very well stated, as always. I think many of us are in similar situations.... despite how much effort we put in, our bellies still bulge (at least in my case)... but I need to remember that I am stronger.... Thank you for the reminder!