YOUR TOTAL IS NOT ENOUGH...and it likely never will be. For the vast majority of us, it’s likely we’re going to walk away from powerlifting unsatisfied. How many retired powerlifters have you heard say they did everything they wanted to do? How can you face this, and use it to your advantage? I’m not one for cheesy tag lines, but the hunger of continually wanting more is certainly present in most of us that are hooked on this sport. You can set small goals, or larger goals. If you don’t reach them, you’re unsatisfied, point blank. If you do reach them, you’re probably asking yourself pretty soon after how much further you can push it. The continual effort to push is both a powerlifter’s friend and foe. There’s a very malleable ceiling above each of us that is measured in a very concrete way of numbers on a bar. These can conflict. It can make things frustrating. Statements like, “I should be stronger by now,” “that should move faster,” “X out totals me and they’ve only been powerlifting two years” aren’t always the most helpful. Your mind and body are separate entities, but intersect and work together in powerlifting. You should make a conscious effort to stop and appreciate and your victories. And recognize that victories aren’t marginalized only to numbers on a bar. Don’t make the mistake of being a powerlifting Sisyphus. Take some time to smell the roses, and enjoy the fruit of your labor. Powerlifting can easily take much more from you than it gives you. Don’t let it. Learn from it, and grow. Don’t marginalize the time, the energy, the effort, or the cognition it took you to get where ever it is you are, or end up. It’s important. Getting to the platform, marking smart decisions on the platform, training consistently, overcoming mental barriers, and learning, generally, are all examples of strides forward and victories worth recognition.