Suck it up, buttercup.

Maybe it’s the Makers Mark talking but I have to get this off of my chest. 

We need to harden the f*ck up. 

A lot of people have become soft. And it drives me crazy. Let me back up a little..

I just finished a 3 week elimination diet. The most irritating part of the 3 week diet? Peoples’ reaction to it. Here is a small sample of the remarks people made to me upon learning that I was on a strict diet for 3 measly weeks…

  • “OMG you’re crazy!”
  • “I would die!”
  • “I don’t know how you're going to do it!”
  • “Screw that, I would just rather deal with the consequences.”
  • “That is so extreme.”
  • “Isn’t there an easier way to figure out if you have food sensitivities?”
  • “3 weeks is a lifetime to go without X!”

PEOPLE… It’s 3 short weeks. 21 days. If you can’t go without X for 3 quick weeks, you have a problem. Really? You’ll die without candy? 

Every time someone had something to say like one of the remarks above, it just made me think of how pitiful we can be sometimes.

Can we not commit to ANYTHING? Can we not challenge ourselves? We need to get out of our comfort zone and deal with a little inconvenience for a while. We need to suck it up. 

Are we so helpless that we run from change?  Adaptability... do you have it?

You will never see real change or growth in ANY area of your life without some challenge, pushback, sacrifice and hard work.

 Do you know what really works? What really gets your through?

Setting a goal and being the type of person who upholds their committments; yes even to YOURSELF. Be a reliable person who follows through and does what they say. 

Have you ever heard the quote by Will Durant “A nation is born stoic, and dies epicurean.” It means that a country is built with commitment, hard work, blood, sweat and tears and with the sacrifice of pleasures. But it’s when that country becomes occupied by pleasure seekers, soft, weak-willed people who don’t know how to work hard…it goes to shit. 

YOU ARE 100% IN CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE. You and where you are in life is the product of your choices.

Do you really think that the people who have it all, who have “made it”, who are highly successful in all facets of their life are special? That they have some magic pill? Some perfect formula? They’re no different from you and me. 

What do they DO differently?…They DO. They do all of the things that you’re not WILLING to do. It’s not about capability. It’s about will, action, commitment, sacrifice. They stay up late, they wake up early, they skip out on celebrating and treating themselves. THEY GET SHIT DONE. They read. They learn. They grow. They adapt.  

So how do you work towards getting rid of that softness in your life? Try some of these….

  • Hide your phone for a few days. 
  • Take a really cold shower. 
  • Go without sugar/salty foods/ caffeine, alcohol for a while. 
  • Sleep on the floor, without your comfy pillows and blankets. 
  • Turn your AC off. 
  • Read a challenging book. 
  • Bring some intensity to your workouts - work so hard you feel like you’re breathing fire. 
  • Go outside and do some manual labor. 

Every experience that trains us to be helpless moves us farther away from the human experience. The world is more fair than you think. Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Stop being a victim. 

Kill your learned helplessness. 

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-Nicole Race, Co-owner St. Pete Strength and Conditioning, home of SPSC Crossfit