Why Simplicity Is The Answer for Young Athletes & Adolescents

We create complexities to hide our imperfections – it’s a truth and a fact of life. If we cannot comprehend or understand something, we immediately throw it off to being complex to feed our ego and keep ourselves “looking” and “feeling” smart and better about ourselves. The answer is learning how to deal with your ego, but it also lies in knowing that simplicity is the key to discovering the success you desire in life…

It’s not the daily increase, but the daily decrease – hack away at the unessential. Simplicity is the key to brilliance” – Bruce Lee

When we look at the majority of areas in life, they can all be broken down into simple, actionable steps, which, if we follow, will see us achieve the goals we’ve set for ourselves

When we make things more complex than they need to be, we find ourselves in a state of overwhelm, of frustration, of inaction – as we cannot decide what we need to do – and we take the easiest option of procrastination or throwing it aside

If there’s a single ideology I’ve heard more than any others in my time on this earth, and a single lesson I’ve had to learn the hard way in life, it’s this - take massive action

At the simplest form, it’s the one thing that guarantees success in life

Derek Sivers, the founder of CD Baby, says it best with - “If all we needed was more information, we’d all be millionaires with six-pack abs

We live in the information age. Everything our brains and hearts could desire lies at your fingertips, on the phone lying next to you…

You don’t need more information...
You need more action…
Massive action

And the way to gaining more action is through simplicity…

If we break your training down into it’s simplest form – it’s setting foot into the gym or onto the training field and giving it your all, whatever it is that you have that day… it’s listening to your coaches, buying in on what they have to offer, and doing your best…

If you’re trying to get stronger, then focus on the basic lifts, pick a simple 3 x 3 or 5 x 5 progression, and focus on adding a little bit of weight every new session you perform that lift…

If you’re trying to get faster and more explosive, then train everything fast… pick some Olympic lifting derivatives, sprint, run hills, jump, and squat/deadlift/bench/press with speed on your mind

When it comes to your mindset, begin by being a little more self-aware as to how you’re feeling and why you might be feeling this way… what is it that’s really bugging you or making you upset… is the reason you’re angry at your brother truly because he made the rep side & you don’t think he deserved it? Or are you truly angry at yourself for not doing the work like he did to deserve a spot…

In the end, at it’s simplest form, everything you achieve in life will come down to you…

And when you can focus on this… when you can take responsibility and know that it’s in the taking of action on simple steps that will get you to where you desire to go – you’ll find an immense power

If something sounds too good to be true it generally is… focus on breaking things down into simple, actionable steps… and then take massive fucking action on those steps

It truly is as simple as that…
Simple, but not easy

Nick Maier