3 weeks ago I hurt my lower back on my 6th set of heavy squats. I racked the weight through the pain, and had to mentally control my frustration by not smashing the closest object. It's not the pain that angers you, but the knowledge that you won't be able to perform what you love doing for some time after. I dragged my ass home, applied some icy hot and chinese jow, popped some tylenol and fell asleep. I could feel myself getting smaller by the minute.
Today I got back into the squat rack and repped it out. Great workout and no pain.
Of course I was a little hesitant to resume, in fear of aggrivating my back or injuring myself more. But I summoned up my will to do it, to overcome this barrier and prevail.
It got me thinking about how weight lifting and bodybuilding in general builds mental toughness, discipline.
Another example of this is having the will to eat when your not hungry. One of the hardest things to do I feel.
How has everyone else built their mental discipline and will, through lifting? Cool examples and stories will be nice to hear.