Growing up watching football with my Dad, a lifetime football coach, all I ever wanted to do was be a football star. Football is a sport that requires mental toughness, physical strength, and speed. I was fortunate enough to have 2 of those to make for a decent ballplayer.
When I first started training for football by lifting weights, I was 15 years old. My parents wouldn't let me start any younger than that. They thought it might stunt my growth in the long run. But when I was finally allowed to lift weights, it was on!
I loved lifting weights and being able to compare myself to my peers. I also began to notice a change in my body, I started to see progress. Celebrating progress drove me to want to work even harder in the weight room.
When we forgo celebrating progress, opting instead to "focus in" on our goals, we're losing some powerful momentum towards those achievements.