“A healthy appetite for righteousness, kept in control by good manners, is an excellent thing; but to ‘hunger and thirst after’ it is often merely a symptom of spiritual diabetes.” — C.D. Broad
That could have been said by a Samurai. Passion is good, but only when it’s passion you are in control of, directing, and choosing to use.1
Stop acting like a wild animal, suffering from starvation. Be a righteous Samurai whoopin’ your enemy’s ass with precision and skill. (BTW, in this analogy, the barbell is your sword, not your enemy!)
- Emotional dumbassery is a weakness.
- The ability to control your emotions and use them as a tool is a sign of strength.
When people say stupid shit like “stay hungry” they are advising you to be OUT of control of your emotions, to let your emotions drive you. That’s idiotic. Don’t follow this pseudo-intellectual advice.
Instead, you should be in maximum control of your passions, your emotions, and your energy, so that you can utilize them in the most efficient way, and at the right times. After all, most of the things you regret in life where caused by you being driven by stupid passions at the wrong moments. Passion is good, but only when you are the one in the driver’s seat.
There is a difference between Aggression and Anger… that’s why they are spelled differently!
Beginners have this nasty habit of being hyper-emotional about everything. They become the narcissistic asshole who NEEDS to hit a PR or NEEDS to make this next lift — a wimp who is being controlled by an obsession that will eventually bury them. Anger and negative emotions in the gym are a sign that you’re a mental pansy-ass and a self-absorbed prick who thinks your wants are more important than everyone else’s needs.
Here’s a test: next time you fail or miss a lift, laugh. If you can’t laugh honestly in the midst of failure, you’re a child.
Put all of your positive passion into embracing the process. Fuck everything else. Results are an effect, not a cause. All effort (both physical and emotional) should be used to improve the causes of success.
Don’t be driven by passion, use your passion.
Now go lift something heavy,
- The pic is of Eli who happens to be a Type-1 diabetic. He’s certainly very passionate in the gym in all of the good ways, and has more motivation than most to stay healthy and fit. But he’s the one in control. Because of that, he’s made massive gains during the time he’s been with us. In the picture, he’s doing a set of 10 reps on the Romanian Deadlift with 200kg (440 lbs). That kind of strength doesn’t come without a ton of hard work over the LONG haul. That requires a kind of mellowness and emotional control most beginners lack, but sorely need to develop. ↩