It’s early on a Saturday morning and I have just finished my final set of double-unders.
Covered in sweat and whip lashes from the speed rope, I trudged over to a bench and planted myself down hard. I was defeated, humbled and feeling sorry for myself.
Double-unders seem to fatigue me terribly quickly – I thought, perhaps there was a technical flaw in my movement pattern; perhaps my rope isn’t the right length; perhaps my shoes need to be on tighter.
Each of these possibilities I considered for a minute, before making my way over to one of the more seasoned athletes in the gym to request his take on my dilemma.
“You figured out a way to hack double-unders yet?” I questioned him.
He was quiet for a moment, as if scouring his brain for the necessary information; the magic trick, to nailing the perfect set of double-unders no doubt…
But his response surprised me.
“No excuses. Just improve”.
It was simple and straight-shooting advice. And precisely what I needed to hear.
In that moment I realised that we all can try and rationalise our difficulties in performing tasks of varying natures; be it a power clean, a double under, sitting down to write, or solving a maths problem.
Perhaps we tell ourselves: “My anatomy isn’t suited to this type of exercise”, “I’m more of a visual learner”, or “I’m naturally not good at this”.
But the reality is, we just need to improve – to stop justifying, rationalising and excusing; and rather just do the work.
This is a fool proof formula and if we apply it, we will reap the rewards.
So instead of overcomplicating your lack of progress, simply do the work.
Think: “No excuses. Just improve.”
Because eventually, you will.