“You do not pick up 800 lbs and look like you’re going to kill someone before you do it because everything is fuinckg great. You do not put yourself through workouts that can cripple you on a regular basis because you are happy. These workouts can destroy you. They can destroy your back, knees, and shoulders. They can fuck you up for life any day. You don’t do that because you are happy and content. You don’t do that because everything is fckuing fantastic. Everyone has their own reasons for doing this shit. But what I found is that it takes a very unhappy motivated individual. It takes someone who is literally willing to do whatever it takes to reach their goals.” – George Leeman
I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or I am your heaviest burden. I will push you onward or I will drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. Half the things you do you may as well turn over to me. I will be able to do them quickly and correctly. I am easily managed. You must merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons I will do it automatically. I am the servant of all great men and alas of all failures as well. Those who are failures I have made them failures. I am not a machine though I work with all the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a man. You may run me for profit or run me for ruin. It makes no difference to me. Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the word at your feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you. Who am I? I am a habit.
Do not focus on a bad habit. Instead, focus on developing new habits. Focusing on bad habits creates a stronghold in your mind that makes the old behaviour more difficult to change.
As a beginner I was making excellent gains on a regular basis and decided to sign up for a powerlifting tournament. As a result I worried about form and pausing between reps and etc. What actually happened is that I lost interest in training and the results I acquired greatly diminished. For the deadlift I stopped gaining and even gave up switching to a snatch deadlift just to make progress again. After this became boring (snatch deadlift has limitations) I changed to the RDL and immediately started adding weight to the bar each workout. Several months later my RDL is now heavier than my 1 rep max conventional deadlift ever was. I almost never plan to do “paused” reps again until I have actually reached my genetic potential in size and strength.