I wrote an article about how weight lifting is a great metaphor for accomplishing any task. It’s should be obvious to anyone who has ever succeeded in getting muscular that there’s a process involved you can apply to anything.
The problem is that often times people who are in the gym don’t realize they can use that same technique of getting big with their muscles and use it to get big in anything.
The process of getting big in the gym is very simple. Show up to the gym consistently, lift heavy weight, eat a lot of food, and repeat with progressively bigger and bigger weights. Put in enough time doing this and you will get big.
One of the hurdles you face in the gym is hitting a plateau. That’s when you can’t seem to lift over a certain weight for x amount of gym sessions in a row. The way to get through this is to change an element in the formula. Either eat more food or put on more weight on the bar. Doing so will eventually force you to move up in weight class.
I’ve faced a similar hurdle in my writing. As of late, I’ve only been writing about 2000 words a day. I’m hitting a plateau and my brain is having trouble firing on all cylinders afterwards. 2000 words is child’s play for serious writers and I’m trying to get on that pro level.
Only way I can see to break this plateau is to progressively write more every day. Eventually my brain will get used to the higher number and 2000 will be easy.
Formula for breaking the plateau
Writing is an exercise just like anything else. It’s not exactly the act itself that is exhausting. The hard part is the willpower. Ultimately, I’m trying to get my willpower muscle jacked as shit.
The formula I’m using for writing is this:
- Show up to the office
- Open the computer
- Start writing past 2000 words
- Keep writing
- Track how much I’ve written so far
- Show up the next day and do more
- Keep pushing to force my willpower to grow
Not only could I brake plateaus by writing more, but I will attempt to write better stuff as well. I have a lot of projects on my plate and they require different types of writing. Creative writing, reviews,
This will work for anything
I got home from the gym last night and I was thinking about this topic. I just thought I could start exercising my writing the same way I do my quads. Then I thought, I could just do this for anything. If you are having trouble doing something, just apply the formula.
- Set a consistent schedule of doing something
- Keep doing it
- Do more of it in each session
- Do more complicated work per session
If you are a “blogger” I would suggest learning how to write. I’m not saying that I have some genius level shit here, but I’m in the game. People have asked me how to start a blog and it’s very simple. Go to the sidebar of this site and look up my article on how to make a blog.
Then after you set it up, practice writing stuff. A lot of people consider writing a chore, and so they avoid doing it. Sound familiar? A lot of people think of lifting heavy ass weight as a chore, so they avoid it.
Get in, put words on paper, repeat. Start producing content. You will get better with time. Consistent progress will be made.
Consider the office your gym for writing. I’ll do the same. Grip, rip.
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