Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

“Cause sometimes you just feel tired, feel weak, and when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up. But you gotta search within you, you gotta find that inner strength and just pull that shit out of you and get that motivation to not give up. And not be a quitter, no matter how bad you wanna just fall flat on your face and collapse.”

– Eminem on “Lose Yourself

As I’m getting older, I’m realizing the importance of mental strength. The ability to motivate yourself, to talk yourself out of a rut, and to get back up after hitting obstacles…all those things require willpower that comes from within. It’s not easy to find it, but if you can you’re unstoppable.

Before getting too ahead of myself, what is up? Welcome to the FIRST Opinions Column of 2018. It feels great. If you’re new to the website, this is the place where I talk about anything and everything on my mind. If you’re returning, WELCOME BACK! Thank you for rocking with me and I hope you’re excited for an exciting year. And with that said, let’s talk more about mental strength and why it’s on my mind.

So at the beginning of the year, I set out goals for myself. One of the goals I had was to get back into the gym. What I noticed (and I’ve seen this before) is just how difficult it is to motivate yourself to actually go. Sure, at the beginning you’re all about that life, but then life gets in the way and you don’t feel up to it. Before you know it, you stop going. It happens to a lot of us. The other day, I was having one of those moments. I had to edit a video, it was cold outside, and I was super tired. But, I reminded myself of how much better I’d feel afterwards if I just pushed myself to go. So, I kicked myself into gear and went. It wasn’t easy but I reminded myself about my goals.

I realized then that this is as much of a mental game as it is a physical one. If you work out consistently, stick to a plan, and don’t waiver, results WILL come. That’s just the nature of it. So in that respect, the physical part will come if you put in the work. The hard part, then, is the pushing yourself to go. It’s the pushing yourself to go when you don’t want to and using that inner voice to motivate you. It’s really tough, especially when you don’t see results right away. But believe me, if you stick with it results will come.

I’ll admit, I haven’t been always been good at this. Most of the time I’m just tryna chill or I’d rather work on other stuff. But as I get older, I realize more and more that my health is extremely important. Not just that, but I need more energy and I know working out will help with that. Shoot, that’s one of the main reasons why I wanted to get back to it. So I’m saying, as long as I can continue to remind myself of these things (while getting ample sleep, of course), I’ll be ok. I hope you do the same.

And with that, let’s remind ourselves that this is a mental game and we’re here to win.

Stay up, stay safe, and hold ya head. Ajaxxx signing out, PEACEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!