Train like Winston Churchill
What the what?
Churchill had a beastmode? He trained before Schwarzenegger?
No, but he had this kind of attitude in everything he did. Intense and all or nothing. A great and methodological mind. Calculated and dedicated for his passion.
His thoughts and words had the power to fire up a nation.
War was his passion. Even though he is known for his writing skills, he found his passion by trying to be on the frontline. When denied fighting in the front line , he found a way to get hired by newspapers in order to be on the battlefield. So even if he didn’t fight with his sword, he found a way to do it with words.
He pursued his passions and found indirectly his life’s work.
When you find work that you love, you don’t mind working long hours, and this motivation leaks in all other things in your life.
Motivation starts with passion.
If you dread going to work every single day of your life, don’t you think it has an impact on your health and overall energy? Your perception of stress will be exaggerated and nothing will be easy or fun.
A few of us have the luxury to say that we are not working a single day of our lives, and for those who don’t, all that needs to be found is a little time to pursue your passion, something that fires up the engine inside, feed the fire.
What does this have to do with working out?
Wait for it…wait for it…
When his fellow soldiers went to play cards or napped in their breaks, he decided to put into good use his 3 hours break and that is when he wrote his first book.
How the hell, in our fast pace era, can we find some time for a hobby or a passion? This is where your morning and evening routine comes in priority.
Churchill had a very particular routine. Got up at 8, Newspaper morning reading started around 9am. Big proponents of naps, he strongly believed that we were not made to work from 9 to 5 since he believes that it kills our creativity so he made it a priority to have his 2 hour naps every day.
Throughout the day, his scheduled turned around preparing, reciting, writing future speeches, reading and governmental issues.
His day was planned like a mission, and so should yours. He made it an absolute must to make time for his favorite pastimes and what he knew would make him better.
One of the most important and puzzling truths to learn is this: some rules, rather than compelling, can actually be incredibly freeing. Even though in the army he was put through a severe regimen and schedule, he thought that once he got out, he could finally do whatever he wanted at the pace he wanted.
He discovered that he needed to be as organized and meticulous as he was in the forces.
“Be regular and orderly in your life…so that you may be violent and original in your work.” – Gustave Flaubert
With some type of routine you can find time to plan your ‘’you’’ time. This is where you can use this time to work on what you want to do, not what you have to do. We are stuck in the great malady of adulthood being the ‘’time flies syndrome’’. You waited your whole childhood to be an adult to finally do what you wanted and most are now wasting it, sitting in front of the TV, reminiscing their childhood memories while thinking that ‘’they should’’.
A routine should include time to pursue pastimes, work on relationships, building health and strength and developing the mind. Use this routine to create yourself and make it a story worth telling. Would you watch your own story and be proud of it? Make everyday count.
Let’s take these few tips into the weight room.
You make the time to get stronger, you sure as hell want to make those sessions spent picking up Iron and putting them down count!
Have a routine that maximizes every reps and sets. Each meal you will eat, each night you will get quality sleep has the ability to make you perform better in the gym as well as in every day life. For every seasoned trainer, it goes without saying that it becomes a passion. Everything we do, our routine evolves around, the workout.
What keep’s you grounded though is everything you do, your hobbies and pastimes, the relationships you nurture and how you keep your mind active. As we are not supposed to work our asses off from 9 to 5, especially if you are not happy doing it, we need to have a balance.
Make your health your passion and let it guide your day.
Let the motivation of Churchill hit you like a brick in the face and passion transport you up like the great wave of Kanawaga!