Take Pride in Your Progress

Since buying our first home I have been putting a lot of work and effort into doing renovations to make it better. This weekend I completed one of the renovation projects that we wanted to make. I did it all myself and I think it turned out pretty good. It took hard work, stepping outside of my comfort zone and trying something new. I am pretty proud of how this turned out and it got me thinking of how this is just like bodybuilding, or at least how it should be if you are thinking about it the right way. I know I haven’t always.

I took on this project to make my home nicer to live in and hopefully add some resale value. Our home is not the most expensive, the biggest, or even that fancy but its ours. I did the work myself because I like to challenge myself and there is a tremendous sense of accomplishment when you complete a project like this. There was no “prize” for best stair renovation but I still felt great having completed it to the best of my ability.

So then why is it when we step on stage we are focused on the outcome, the prize, the pro card? My body is older, not the most muscular, and will never be featured on the cover of a magazine but its mine. I put the work in lifting weights to be a stronger, look better and be the best bodybuilder I can be. As long as I have improved over the last time I step onstage then I should feel the same sense of pride and happiness that I do right now after completing this home renovation.

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