The difference between success and failure in any endeavor is almost always miniscule. This is certainly true of getting your body to the highest level, or even just to change.
Success is a game of inches.
Sometimes the difference between getting optimal results with your body for example can be as simple as post workout nutrition, or getting the last few reps in and not quitting too early.
When it comes to progressing your body it’s definitely small changes in how you train, how you eat, and how consistent you stay that make all the difference in the world.
In other words, it is ‘inches’ that take you from one level to the next. The people who get results and are successful adhere to this law of life. No one explains this better then Tony Robbins in the following video:
***Tony Robbins explains this principle perfectly
“Inches make a champion.” -Vince Lombardi
So here are a few common scenarios:
You hit the gym hard doing heavy sets of deadlifts.
After a hard workout you neglect taking in protein or any food for 4 hours after your work out. You miss all the benefits of post-workout nutrition (when your protein synthesis is kick started and your body is looking to gobble up the amino acids and thus grow muscle).
It’s not that you’re genetically inferior, or whatever other rationalization you make up it’s just that you miss the inch and therefore don’t experience results.
You’re hell bent on losing weight.
You decide that you’ll do whatever it takes. You cut your calories back for a day despite it being difficult. Day 2 rolls around and you start feeling it.
You cave and have 2 pieces of birthday cake with your coworkers. Later that night you tell yourself “this day is shot” and binge on more junk food. This cycle repeats over and over. You never really sustain a calorie deficit and therefore never really lose any fat.
It’s not that you’re ‘just fat’ or ‘big boned.’ You are just neglecting the inchs and therefore aren’t getting the results.
It’s chest day and you’re ready to hit it hard.
You begin by doing a bench press. The first set goes well. During the second set a hint of negativity creeps into your mind and you begin to self-talk about the pain you’re going through.
Because of this you never go til failure with any of the sets you do going forward into the workout. You quit slightly early, right before the pain barrier. You lack full concentration as well. You don’t fully contract your muscles, you just want to get this training session over with so you can check it off your list (aka bullshit yourself).
You’ve neglected the inches therefore don’t experience results.
All of these scenarios were written from personal experience and there are a million more that could be expanded on.
In every area of life, success is game of inches.
I’m probably the king of missing the inches and therefore missing out on the results. Now days, I’m aware of this though. I want you to be aware of this too. Don’t miss the inches.
They are what separate the people who are successful in their goals/visions/endeavors from the people who fail/quit/give up. They are also the difference between getting to experience the personal satisfaction of pride and accomplishment and not. Never neglect the inches.
Go 100% in. Balls out.
If you decide to do something.
“Life is a game of inches. So is football. In either game the margin of error is small. One half a step too late or too early and you don’t quite make it.
But the inches we need are everywhere around us. In every minute of our lives. We have to go for every inch. Because we know that when we add up those inches, that will make the difference between winning and losing.
And I know that if I’m gonna have any life anymore, it’s because I’m still willing to go for that inch. And that’s what living is. The six inches in front of your face. Now what are you gonna do?”