Happy January everyone! The weather here in NYC is just dreary and gray, and its the kinda month that just makes you want to break resolutions and drink red wine, eat mac ‘n cheese, freebase chocolate cake, and cuddle up under the blankets and watch movies. Gym? What gym?
But if you’ve made any sort of self-improvement commitment to yourself, now’s the time to push through and “Pound the Rock.”
“Pound the Rock” is a mantra used by my favorite team The San Antonio Spurs. It’s what their head coach Gregg Popovich uses to inspire his players, season after season, year after year. He got the idea from this quote from Jacob Riis, a turn-of-the-century journalist and photographer.
“When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”
He’s talking about perseverance. About going on when you wanna give up.
There are three phases of habit forming: the starting “Excited” phase, the tough “must plow through” middle phase, and the lasting “now its part of my lifestyle” phase. As you can probably tell, the middle phase is the hardest part, and where most people fail. In fact, only 8% of Americans will keep their New Years resolutions. The key to creating a habit and changing your life is to “Pound the Rock.” To be consistent, to take action and push through on a day on a gray day like today, or even when you’re just feeling gray.
I ain’t gonna lie. I considered not posting today. But I did it because I made a promise to me and you. And after I post this bad boy, I’m going to check out a new yoga studio in my hood.
I’m Pounding the rock today, who’s with me?
Have an amazing day!