Ed Coan is widely regarded as the greatest powerlifter of all time.
“I love my routine and when nothing upsets my routine. My dad used to tell me, I know never to die and have my wake or funeral on a lifting day, because I know you won’t be there.”
Gotta love the consistency and dedication! Habits and routine are the most common practices I see amongst the worlds fittest in any sport or even in business.
His story is similar what I see in a lot of people. Because of something that happened during his younger years in his case he was 4, 11 and 98 lbs freshmen year of high school. He discovered weight lifting and fell in love with it.
Similiar to Ed’s story, I was told that I should leave sales and do something else. I pushed myself to become a better sales professional every day. I was also voted most reserved in the yearbook once so I made it a challenge so that’s why now I have over 10,000+ Linkedin connections and put myself out there as much as humanly possible.
(P.314) “I’m going to get better, and this is what I have to do to get better.These are my weaknesses; let me correct my weaknesses.”
There is magic in documenting your journey to see the progress throughout time.
He discusses the big picture. A lot of people still cannot see the big picture. If there is no end vision. You run the risk of waking up one day and having a midlife crisis.
“I see this a lot with powerlifters Mark and Stan Efferding. They don’t let anybody or anything get to them. It’s like water off a duck’s back.”
He was talking about disrupting your normal cycle. Treat people nicely because it’s easier to blame everyone else but maybe it’s your own attitude that needs to change not other people.
He talks about breaking down longer-term goals to smaller more doable and easy to obtain goals. That way you don’t fear it is much when its something that can be broken down into small daily tasks.
“I can look at it and realize that’s it’s not so scary.”
“I’ve never heard my mom and dad badmouth anybody. The picture makes me think about how I should treat everyone I love.” (p.319) “They love life, they love their kids and grandkids, and it keeps them going.”