I barely slept last night, my body is still damaged from sparring, and here I am at the gym, completely exhausted from work. It’s time to do some heavy squats.
Yet every stirring in my body screams, “Don’t do it! Get something to eat and get some rest. There is nothing to gain from beating yourself up even more. Get something to eat and go to sleep. And if you really have to do some squats because you are so driven by pride, then pick at least a lighter weight and do some deload sets.”
So it seems that I don’t want to do heavy squats because I don’t feel like it and my body tells me that I will only harm myself if I power through, but how do I decide?
Do I listen to my pride and do it anyway—do heavy squats because I don’t feel like it? Should I disregard my body’s plaintive cries of advice and pursue mental toughness? Or should I listen to my body and pursue physical health?
Similarly, should I give my body the sex it craves, the warmth, and the food—or do I exert willpower and risk sexual frustration, hypothermia, and starvation?
The answer depends of what kind of a person I want to become. Do I want to become a powerful man who is more ambitious, disciplined, and edgy? Or do I want to become a balanced man who is more healthy, happy, and chill?
When life forces me to choose between mental toughness and physical health, I base my decision on my vision of the man I currently—in this season of my life—want to become, which is a main pillar of my dynamic True Will, and on the experiences I think I need to make, no matter whether they are good or bad.
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