Ego is something that exists inside all of us. It’s an asset in some circumstances, but mostly a liability. From my experience, the modern generation is fairly aware of it because the concept is plentifully mentioned across social media.
But just because we are aware of it, doesn’t mean we know how to manage it. I’ll be the first to say that I have an ego (we all do). Do I know how to manage mine? I am not sure, sometimes I have success, other times I don’t. Am I trying? Most definitely.
Letting your ego run rampant is very dangerous and is a sure way to self sabotage. Here are some examples of the dangers:
One of the common things you see nowadays is bodybuilders boasting about ‘one rep max’ lifts or the amount they can bench press. People get respect for the amount of weight they can lift, especially if they have a lighter body weight. All of this is dangerous because it puts you at risk of injury.
I still don’t know what my ‘one rep max’ is on either bench press, bicep curls, deadlifts or squats because I’ve never tried. I don’t want to increase the risk of suffering injury just for the sake of getting a short burst of respect. In fact, I intentionally try to go lighter and increase volume instead. I prefer not to increase the weight I lift because the heavier I go, the greater the chance I’ll get injured.
Building a good physique takes time and consistent lifting, there’s no way around it. If this is your goal, why delay it by putting your body at risk with heavy weights? Let others have the limelight with their heavy lifts. You just keep working away in the background and challenge your ego not to thirst for attention.
The more you leave your ego unchecked, the more damage it’ll cause to your mental health. Your mind will find reasons (often unreasonable ones) to be upset.
Poor mental health will most definitely have negative impacts on your performance in the gym, such as inconsistent training, binge eating and poor sleep.