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Same Routine (Part 5)
By Donny Shankle

No negativity must enter into the same routine in order for it to be effective. However, there is a certain degree of humiliation you will have to go through to improve but this is trivial. It consists of not being the strongest for a time but keep focused on your long term goal and remain a good sportsman. Do not worry about bad days or even good days. Staying committed to your training is important and it’s this life long commitment which distinguishes the best from the rest. Improvement doesn’t mean killing yourself in the gym either. It doesn’t mean being overly hard on yourself. Emotions are necessary to improving proficiency but do not expect too much too soon. Emotions without organization lead to setback because frustration causes you to doubt your capacity.

Champions learn how to use their emotions as a key to unlocking their knowledge while increasing their performance. You are practicing a skill and this will take time no matter when you decide to begin training. Being fit is different from being skilled. Your enthusiasm each day will determine your potential for excellence and later mastery. However, the process of learning and adapting doesn’t change within the same routine as long as you keep the skills necessary to win within the specific confinements. The skills must be specific and not the man. Time will bring the desired change.

Finally, my training during a period in California improved dramatically because of the added responsibility I placed on myself. During this time is when I started writing about my training and how I valued the sport. My contributions led to an increase in my professional attitude. Keep a blog, write a book, spend some time where you withdraw within yourself and this will help you discover there is more to the same routine. As you begin to withdraw within yourself you will produce exceptional work and this will motivate you to keep training. Whether this work will be recognized by your peers is another matter but this isn’t important. What matters is whether or not your retrospection emboldens your drive.

Relax in the knowledge that following the same routine is proven. Do not worry about encountering uncertainty. You can be certain if you practice over and over you will get better but on that same token it will not be enough to be the best. In order for that to take place you have to transition into the professional weightlifter and prioritize your time. The difference between expert performance and normal performance lies in your commitment. All of this recollection and contribution leads to a positive presence of mind and heightened sense of awareness to your training. The repetition over time shows you what it takes to be successful and reveals how knowledge of principles are universal. This should not be overlooked.