You Can’t always get what you want. If there is one thing that I have learned in the short amount of time that I’ve been in powerlifting, it is this. I have experienced it myself, and I have observed it from many other teammates and fellow lifters that I have been around. The sport of powerlifting is basically a numbers game, and you are on a constant quest to hit a certain weight. Eventually, when you hit that weight, you are then onto your next journey to hopefully move even more pounds. What do you do when the weight stops moving up? What do you do when it starts to become a constant struggle? Fortunately for me, I have not hit that point yet, and I am dreading the day that it ever comes. I tend to ask myself these questions from time to time when I think about this happening, or when I see it happen to somebody else. I tend to sometimes be that “what if” person. It’s not just in lifting, but life in general. What if this happens? What if that happens? I try to tell myself that living a life by the “what if” is not the way to live at all. How can you be successful at anything if you are constantly scarred, and always thinking about the “what if.” There is no success in life without taking risks. Unfortunately failure can be a side affect of risk taking, but lucky for us there is no success without failure. So, I try to tell myself not to be afraid to fail because some of the most successful people in the world have failed time and time again. Now, you and I may have two totally different ideas of what it means to be successful, but if I can live the life I want to live by being supported by the career that I want to work, then I feel like I am a pretty successful guy. I can tell you this. When things get tough and stagnant, the last thing I am going to do is give up. Things get hard in life, work gets hard, relationships get hard, going to the gym gets hard. What you do in these types of situations will define the type of person you are. Do you want to be known as the person that just gave up because shit got hard? I know I don’t. I’m not saying that I haven’t thought about it before, but I knew in the end that giving up is not the right decision. We are meant to be challenged in our lives. Being challenged and having the power to persevere through adversity is what makes us stronger as individuals. It makes us better versions of ourselves. So, when things get hard next time, try to embrace the struggle and realize that it will make you a better person.