I used to enjoy going to the gym. It clears your mind, boosts your energy and I tend to get great ideas as I bounce from machine to machine. Then I noticed that I was starting to leave the gym more frustrated than when I arrived.
I found that I would sit on the machine between reps and see how dirty the gym was. Most of the weights would be strung throughout. Many of the machines would be fully loaded. I would watch guys load a machine, use it and then leave the weights for someone else to pick up. What was worse was that I would see guys load a machine, never use it and then go load another, also leaving the weights for someone else to clean up. If you work out you understand how frustrating it is to have to unload a machine before you can load it for yourself. This adds unnecessary time to your routine.
Finally I decided enough was enough. I was not going to sit and complain or shout out to the gym on social media about how dirty it was. I was going to be the change I wanted to see in others.
One Saturday I loaded my machine and did my first set and then I started unloading machines and putting random weights that were on the floor back on the weight rack. I would repeat this after every set and by the time I was half way through my second machines reps all the weights were put away and all the machines were unloaded. Then I watched. What I saw was more than I expected. The other gym goers would re-rack their weights when they were done. I also noticed that lugging the weights all around the gym improved my workout through the added exercise. Then one day I came in and to my surprise, and disappointment, there were no weights to put away. Could it have been that my action the previous morning sustained itself throughout the day? Of course I would tell myself it did.
You have two options when faced with something you aren’t happy with. You can complain and allow the negativity to overcome you or you can change this situation. I had gone too long sitting and complaining and ultimately ruining my workout. We all have the power to be the change we want to see in the world or we can contribute to the problem. I chose to be the change and demonstrate leadership in my everyday life.
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