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i've said pretty much all i wanted to say, which isn't a lot. every time i write about genetics, this is where i end up: covered in sewage trying to pretend like I smell good.

I do a bunch of work and still get ??? because I hate ending up in this cheesy sort of WORK HARD *thumbs up* BRO place.

Because, without a specific topic, discussing genetics grows to a Snorlax sized proportion. Snorlax sized things tend to lack substance.

so i'm going to just get out my shotgun and blast holes everywhere and hopefully conclude (kill) the intended target (me?).

1. I believe most world class athletes and top performers are leveraging their genetics in some way.

2. I believe most world class athletes and top performers aren't aware that they're leveraging their genetics. Their reason for their success will likely be hard work because that's what they know (because they do work hard). You can't taste, touch, feel, or see genes.

3. I believe if you want to be highly competitive, you need to have the self-awareness to recognize (and leverage) your genetic strengths and weaknesses.

3a. I believe “leveraging” genetics doesn't always correlate directly to an intended craft. For instance, you might have a genetic inkling to not care about what other people think, which then allows you to try, fail, and make a bunch of mistakes without the fear of failure or rejection (which holds a lot of people back).

4. I believe most people in the fitness world don't want “world class” results, nor do they want to compete. Meaning fitness is a hobby, an itch they want to scratch.

5. I believe, for hobby purposes, caring about genes is a waste. All you're trying to do is get better relative to current state.

6. I believe most people can look in the mirror and admit to themselves that they can be 1% better than they were last month. And the month before. And the month before the month before.

7. I believe that's all you need believe to win.

8. I believe comparing yourself to others (which one of reasons people bring about the topic of genetics) is one of the worst things you can do. Most people in the highlights will be world class and top performers.

9. I believe there's use in wondering about genetics for proper expectations. Finding out what “normal” is and isn't.

9a. I believe expectations are the most important thing no one talks about. If you think you're going to lose ten pounds in one week for the rest of this year, that's bad. You're going to quit after week (day?) one because the reality doesn't match the expectations. Even if you have the best strategy in your back pocket.

10. I believe there's a problem with 8, 9, and 9a. Because you can set your standards too low. Too average. There's a soft zone between shooting too high and shooting too low. Where you should be depends on your mindset, not some absolute.

11. I believe the following mindset absolves the problems with 9, 9, and 9a. A) Is PROCESS as good as I know it can be? B) Am I working as hard and as smart as possible within process?

12. I believe if you have the mindset within 11, then body will do whatever it can do. And that's all you can ask for. Worrying about genetics or absolute potential is a crap shoot because you don't know your ceiling.

13. I believe defining your ceiling or having expectations about your ceiling is destructive. A self-fulfilling prophecy of stagnation.

14. I believe 99.9% of people concerned with their genetics will be handcuffed by this concern as opposed to enabled by this concern. It's way too easy to self-identify with (and justify) bad things.

15. I believe some people have softer clay, where as others have harder clay. In the end, the only thing ahead of you is the work. And making sure you compare your progress to where you were one day ago, not only in product but also process. Meaning if you have a better process without it yet showing in the product, you're better. And that's a win.

16. I believe MOST people have HARD clay. Go to your local mall. You'll see what I mean.

16a. I believe we are slave to a bunch of cognitive biases that cloud our thinking about what's “normal” in fitness and performance. The recency bias, the availability bias… We watch movies (or sports) all day we start to believe the movies (or sports) represent real life. But movies and sports showcase the top 1% of the population that (usually) not only have fantastic genetics, but also are able to devote their entire lifestyle to enhancing their physical-self.

17. I believe the work is the only variable you can control. Meaning it's the only variable worth obsessing over. You may never have the better genes or the better parents or the better…whatever. But you can always work harder and smarter.

18. I believe working harder and smarter is only possible if you forget the goal and embrace the work.

19. I believe what most people need is blind faith. When people don't have motivation and struggle with discipline, they're too focused on the end. The result. Their worried if whether what they're doing (or thinking about doing) is going to absolutely for sure going to work.

20. I believe you're never going to really get that guarantee.

21. I believe you have to believe. 


P.S. I believed writing this would be useful. I'm not sure if my blind faith took me where I thought it'd take me, but at least it took me somewhere. I did the work. Time to eat some macaroni and cheese.

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