There are times when someone will ask me what my strongest body part is. I always answer the same way. I tell them it’s my mind and it’s absolutely true. My mind and my will are the driving force in all things but certainly in the gym. Almost every day I could come up with a legitimate reason why it would be fine to skip my workout. Sometimes I’m tired, sometimes my shoulder hurts, sometimes my back hurts, some days I’m terribly busy and some days I have things I need to do for my family. A long time ago I set a rule for myself. If my excuse-de-jour isn’t enough to stop me from performing the other duties in my life then I require myself to go to the gym. Now, I’m not some kind of odd robot. I make necessary adjustments once I’m in the door. For instance, if my shoulder is giving me trouble that day, I’ll go lighter on shoulder exercises and increase my reps. If it’s too bad I’ll skip the exercises that put pressure on the sore spot and work legs instead. If I’m dead dog tired I’ll show up anyway but might just get some cardio in or I’ll work a small body part (traps, biceps etc). Working out consistently is a matter of making up your mind and exerting your will. Your mind controls your body, not the other way around.