This week I was back in the gym and I had a powerful revelation while I was there! Now, I like to work out and have been consistently for 14 years. I actually was so passionate about it that I got my bachelors degree in health & exercise science from Oral Roberts University (Go golden eagles!).
But anyways, Monday was leg day. I hate leg day (as most guys do lol). But I have to do it. For optimum health and physique you must work out the whole body. It’s especially hard for me to do leg day because I was born with naturally strong looking legs. (Shout out to the parentals Dr. Bill Winston & Veronica Winston - thanks guys!) Because of this, I have always gotten compliments on my strong looking legs. People would ask me about the workouts that I did to get them that way.
Those complements would always seem to dampen my desire or even need for growth. As a result of this, I would skip some leg days. But just like any other muscles, when I didn't work them out they would get weak. Now instead of actually being strong, they just LOOKED strong. SO when the weight was put on, I couldn't hold up under the pressure. Here's the critical point:
Don’t let compliments talk you into compromise. Don't let compliments become your containers.
We all like compliments and feelings of appreciation. However, if we are not careful they can talk us into becoming lazy and compromising our work ethic or future efforts. If you are naturally good or gifted at something, don't think that is enough. Keep growing...keep building...keep learning...keep pushing! Chances are, you have only seen just a small portion of what is really possible!
I have made a decision this week that I will never allow compliments to talk me into becoming comfortable. In reality, compliments can become the enemy of my growth. And who really wants weak legs anyways?