As kids, we’re taught a few fundamental rules. Play nice with others, have respect, and also, don’t be greedy. In the dictionary, “greed” is defined as:
a selfish and excessive desire for more of something (such as money) than is needed
When it’s put that way, greed sounds like an attribute you want to be the least associated with. So where am I going with this? In the last few days, I’ve really started to feel much better. My ankle’s made some significant improvements. I’m able to do things like squat, and last week, was able to start adding box jumps back in. As I’ve started to ramp back up, I’ve found myself being greedy.
Sorry, not sorry
A few weeks ago, I told myself that I’d be happy with just a few squats or one box jump. This week, I’ve catapulted it into doing full workouts with those movements. Essentially, I’m getting greedy. I’m no longer satisfied with just one, and I’ve found myself saying I want more. I want to lift more weight, and I want to go faster.
Whether you call this greed, ambition, or something else, the concept is still the same. Throughout my fitness “career,” I’ve strived to push myself to do more. Do more in volume and lift more in weights. Increase your work capacity, lower your benchmark times.
Greed is what’s fueled me and improvements are what keeps me motivated. In going back to the original definition of greed, if fitness is my currency, then I absolutely want more. It’s selfish only in the sense that I want everyone around me to improve themselves since I feed off their energy.
So, in all of this, I take a small step back and ask myself, “Am I being greedy?”
You’re damn right I am.
Happy Wednesday y’all.