Insanity is defined as continually doing the same thing and expecting different results.
Anytime I get stuck or frustrated with my progression to my goals I take a step back and reevaluate the situation. I ask myself, “Is this REALLY the best way to go about this?” If the answer is no then I revisit the goal I am trying to accomplish. Let me give you an example:
My goal was to bench press 250 lbs by summer 2008. At the time I could barely lift 175 lbs in 2007. I used to do 50 pushups a day to try to reach that goal. But, 2008 came and I was frustrated because I did not feel like I was getting stronger. Not to mention I was still not even able to break the 200 lb mark. So, I asked myself, “Is this REALLY the best way to go about this?” And the answer was, “no”. Next, I did some more research on how to increase my upper body strength. I spoke with some friends who regularly lifted weights, went to the bookstore and read some fitness books, and even spoke with some GNC employees about supplement options. After all of that, I then was able to create a new routine to follow. I stuck to the plan religiously. I was a gym rat. Low and behold, by the middle of the summer in 2008 I was able to achieve my goal.
This example was not to try to impress you with my minimal pectoral strength…I wanted you to see that when you are on a course to achieving a goal and you feel stuck or seriously frustrated with the lack of progress, the best thing to do is to stop, and reevaluate the situation. Once you feel like you have a better plan to achieving the goal, make it happen.
Remember, if you feel like you are in a hole, STOP digging.