As a life long New England resident, I am no stranger to snow. A winter does not pass without several snow storms hitting the area. Fortunately, my kids love playing in it so I always welcome the snow. Whether we are sledding, building a snowman, or having a snowball fight, it’s always a good time with the family.
Earlier this week, I was happy to see fresh snow falling just as I opened the gym. Before we started lifting, I opened the garage doors to enjoy the scenery and fresh winter air. I always enjoy watching the snow come down.
Before we started lifting though, I made a quick post to Twitter.
I don’t take Twitter too seriously so I didn’t think anything of it. Monday is always a busy day for me so I didn’t check my email until later that evening. Upon that time, I was welcomed to a nasty response to my tweet. An individual wrote to me stating that it was irresponsible to encourage others to train in the cold. They rambled on about the increased potential for injury and how the body isn’t designed to exert itself in the cold.
Ironically, shortly after reading the email, I noticed that a friend of mine had shared the following video on Facebook.
Within minutes, I had witnessed two extremes. One person wasted his time by writing about the dangers of winter training. Meanwhile, the man in the video was busy lifting big weights in the cold. He didn’t have time to worry about what everyone else was doing. He was too busy pursuing his own goals.
My interactions and observations that day confirmed what I already knew. There are different types of people in the world. Certain people have an excuse for everything, which is why they typically do nothing. They justify their inaction by citing excuse after excuse. It’s too cold. It’s too hot. It’s too dangerous. It’s always one thing or another.
Other people don’t care if it is hot or cold. They find a way to get things done. I train outside in a garage 52 weeks a year. The winters are cold and the summers are hot. At this time of year, water bottles will freeze solid if left overnight. Yet, in a few months, it will be hot and humid inside the gym. You’ll find yourself soaked in sweat by just standing still. There are no air conditioners here. You either suck it up or you go somewhere else.
I don’t control the temperature. I don’t care if it’s hot. I don’t care if it’s cold. I don’t care if I didn’t sleep well the night before. I have things that I need to get done so I attack each day with determination and drive.
That’s life. We don’t live in a perfect world. Either adapt or succumb to your surroundings. The human body isn’t as fragile as many believe. It is designed to move. We can adapt to the cold and we can adapt to the heat. The weak make excuses. The strong find a way.
Which side are you on?
“Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.”