A few weeks ago, when the gyms were open, I walked into the gym, and the front desk guy looked at me and literally said "Oh you're here..again". The demeanor of his voice clearly stated annoyance. I replied, "Yes, I'm here again, its called commitment, you should try it sometime". His co-worker's eyes widened and the front desk guy had nothing to say. I went in, immediately fueled by his passive-aggressive remark. I worked out as close to the front desk as possible just so I could see how his face soured and his eyes rolled all the way—he probably caught a glimpse of his own brain. I was having such a good time, that I worked out for two hours. My usual workout lasts forty-five to sixty minutes long. I burned close to two-thousand calories. Who knew that passive aggressive remarks were so energizing. After that experience, I took notice of his workout hours, and made sure that he was always at the front desk to greet me when I arrived.
The behavior of High Performers can seem obsessive , monomaniacal, or downright crazy. So crazy in fact that some think they should be committed to a mental institution. True commitment is when you decide what you want out of life, and work, and commit to that choice with the single-minded focus we usually identify only with starving artists who endure poverty and/or the scorn of popular taste to pursue their artistic passions. Even though many artists have become rich, I have never heard f a great one who chose to be an artist for the money or the fame. The best in every field do what they do because:
THEY SIMPLY CANNOT IMAGINE THEMSELVES DOING ANYTHING ELSE;
THEY SIMPLY DON'T WANT TO IMAGINE DOING ANYTHING ELSE.
They love selling porcelain or farm equipment, making deals or music, or repairing watches or automobiles; the thrill of standing before a juror a classroom, transplanting hearts, playing tennis, or sitting down to write is what gets their system flowing. The genuinely committed person is so into his pursuit that he would do it even if, as the famously "crazy" American poet Delmore Schwartz once said of crafting poetry, "no one else seems to read what he writes."
In 2003, Martina Navratilova was back at Wimbledon, twenty-five years after the young Czechoslovakian tennis player electrified center court, clinching the first of her nine Wimbledon single championships. Martina and her doubles partner were rated number six in the world and had a good chance to win Wimbledon again. But everyone wanted to know why Martina, about to turn forty-seven years old. Was still submitting her body to the exhaustive travel and pounding psychological stress of big-time tennis. "I just love playing," said Martina, who proceeded to win the mixed-doubles championship for her twentieth victory at Wimbledon and set a new record. When critics wondered why Bill Cosby was still acting in TV shows in the 1990s, years after making $250 million off the sindication sale of his break-through mega-hit, The Cosby Show, he just shook his head in wonder: "Comedy is what I do."
Such childish passion for the process rather than for the rewards is hardly limited to playing games or spinning comedic routines; it is the foundation of all science and art. Between 1661 and 1666, Isaac Newton sat alone in his study at Cambridge University describing the laws of physics and the mathematics to prove them. He then proceeded to show how the phenomena of the real universe, such as the movements of the sun and the moon, the procession of the earth's axis and rotation, and the rise and fall of the tides, all danced to Newton's new tune. The results were an extraordinary feat of genius that overturned the Aristotelian cosmology that had dominated human thought for almost two thousand years! Newton was twenty-four years old. More astonishing was that Newton did not publish his findings for another twenty years, only after a friend wore him out begging him to share his knowledge. He had revolutionized physics to satisfy his own intense desire to explain how God's world actually worked. Newton eventually turned his personal notes into his masterpiece, the Principia Mathematica, but only during breaks from his new intellectual obsession, alchemy, the spurious science of turning iron into gold.
True commitment can produce Principia Mathematica. It can also produce balderdash. The destination is not the point; the journey is what the greatest performers love. And they go after it with an intensity that most view as nuts, or even irresponsible.
In good health'
Efren Guerrero Rodriguez
High Performance Personal Training