50 Reasons Why You Should Grind
I recently posted a question in the RNT Family group:
“I’m putting together an article on why everyone should go through the grind phase of a diet, and I’d love your input. Outside of the physical outcomes of pushing yourself to the extreme, for those of you who’ve past their first Transformation Checkpoint, or are deep in the midst of the Process phase right now, what benefits have you experienced that go beyond the physical? Why should you grind? What did you learn? What is it teaching you? What benefit is it giving you?”
The answers that came back were very interesting, and along with my own reasons, here’s 50 reasons and benefits why you should go through the Grind:
- It teaches you how far you can push yourself.
- It forces introspection.
- You develop deep insights about yourself.
- You start thinking deeper, bigger and more holistically, and come up with great ideas.
- You become an essentialist.
- You identify your flow state in life.
- You begin to answer life’s most meaningful questions. What do I want? What’s my purpose? What do I want out of life?
- It’ll break the walls and barriers you’ve held up for years and force you to confront your inner core.
- You’ll develop the confidence to do anything.
- You build a winning mindset.
- You ask yourself, ‘what can I accomplish when I’m at my lowest?’
- You question old habits, clutches and escapism strategies.
- You’re forced to dump, delegate or automate parts of your life.
- You experience true levels of gratitude for the simple things.
- You’ll build self esteem.
- You’ll become more empathetic.
- You’ll connect with yourself on a spiritual level.
- It’s the ultimate self development tool.
- Your career will sky rocket.
- You’ll experience the power of solitude in your day.
- You prioritise yourself again.
- You confront all the demons of your past.
- You learn to master your emotions.
- It builds character.
- You understand delayed gratification.
- You learn the power of routine.
- You create the ultimate structure, systems and strategies for your day to day life.
- It teaches you the power of ruthless consistency.
- You cut the bloat from your life.
- You expose your true support system around you.
- You learn self control, self discipline, and true hunger.
- You understand how much further the mind can push compared to the body.
- It teaches you more about you than any book, guru or teacher can.
- You heighten your level of self awareness.
- You become more in touch with your emotions.
- You build resilience for all aspects of your life.
- You learn how to push through the ‘dip’.
- It teaches you to say no.
- It highlights how susceptible we’ve been to social stigmas and pressures.
- You understand your why.
- You realise this is all a journey.
- You appreciate your food and meals more.
- You appreciate those closest to you and the love/support they give.
- You become more creative.
- You inspire those around you.
- You build stress resilience.
- It becomes another ‘win’ and accomplishment that you can look back on.
- It is something that no one can take away from you.
- You realise what the body is truly capable of.
- You end up in the shape of your life!
The First Time You Grind
The first time you go through this is an absolute shock to the system, and your life overall. It’s impossible to describe the feeling you have when you’re in the middle of this, and the only way to truly understand is to experience it. A word of warning – be prepared for what’s to come! You won’t expect it, and it will force you into some dark places. The ‘muck’ that comes up won’t be easy to deal with, and it’ll constantly try to drag you down, and tempt you to quit. The ‘muck’ is the devil on the shoulder that will play tricks with you. Your job is to dance with the devil, lean in, and outlast it. The ‘muck’ will continuously throw negatively perceived feedback loops at you. Hunger, social stigmas, fatigue, mood swings, emotions, you name it. If it’s your first time, you’ll only see the negative in these. What you don’t realise just yet is it’s teaching you a lesson. It’s actually being your friend. It’s exposing the real battles. It’s telling you what you need to work on. It’s giving you an objective audit on your life. While you’ll feel low, and question whether it’s healthy or normal, the benefits are all on the other side. And it’s damn worth it. The physical is the vehicle, and if you utilise the vehicle for all it’s worth, your life will completely transform.
Be Aware of Being ‘That Person’
The Power of the Shoot
The Role of the Facilitator
This specific part of the RNT Transformation Journey is very short lived when you consider the bigger picture and context. It’s to help you reach a checkpoint you can then build further on, and create a lifestyle solution around. The Grind is all about going to the next level across all aspects of your life. What you’ll notice is that so far, I’ve not even mentioned a training plan, a dietary method, a cardio prescription, a sleep goal or a step target. And that’s where we come in as facilitators of this journey of self discovery you’re on. Our role is to mentor you on the blueprint of your individual physical transformation success, and hold you accountable to ticking all the boxes that ultimately enable the ‘vehicle’ to be activated, and for you to make the change you want.