One of my favorite adages is, "respect is earned when no one is looking." When people are watching it creates an incentive to put forth the extra effort as a way of trying to appear like a leader in front of others. Have you ever found yourself trying to work harder in the middle of a workout because one of your friends is watching? I have, and I would guess that everyone else has too. It is easy to get caught up in only going the extra mile when you have an audience - the difficult thing to do is maintaining that level of intensity and dedication when nobody is watching.
I believe that earning the respect of your peers is important in every situation in life because it establishes your credibility as a person and as a leader. Respect isn't some mythical character trait that is difficult to find. In fact, I believe it is an easy thing to come by if you truly work hard and stick to your plan. You might not win all of the time, but you can (and should) put forth an honest effort all of the time. Do you stay focused on your goals, both inside and outside the gym, when others aren't watching?
Paco and Dat Hat leading the way to a deadlift PR!
*every time you break a set complete 20 double-unders
Posted by Commish.