Haha. So Ash obviously thinks that you're reading too much into it. But I think it's a valid question in many ways.
And if someone could come along and offer us up 200 instant pounds on our deadlift for "cheap" we wouldn't take it. Strength training is a house we build. A house of many rooms. I'll leave you to ponder that for yourself.
Doesn't that mean that the goal is shifted from getting stronger(heavier Deadlift) to well… something else, something more along the lines of self absorption or is it self delusion?
You can't really accomplish anything difficult without having a certain amount of passion for the process itself. There can always come a time when passion becomes absorption and obsession. But we balance our passions with a certain value system, do we not? This is what self-regulation is about in the first place. And values are inherent in the question of whether to accept what I say as valid or to decide that it goes too far.
To look at it another way: Can you accept that the rest of what I say about reaching goals, in general, is valid? Even to explain it a different way, people think that being creative is about inspiration alone. But the truth is that it's a little bit of inspiration and then a whole lot of work! Filling in the blanks. The details. The grunt work. You may be "inspired" to get stronger on deadlifts but inspiration doesn't get the job done. I think that is pretty darn easy to except. You have to be willing to build that house. In other words, make a commitment to the PROCESS and learn to value that process as something that in itself is meaningful.
So let's say that the extreme consequences of unchecked passion for that process is the things you said. Well..that does not make what I said invalid! The fact that the sun can burn your skin does not negate the fact that being in the sun is still the best way to get a tan.
I'll put it yet another way by breaking down what you said, albeit a bit exaggerated.
1. Eric says that we have to be dedicated wholeheartedly to the process of strength training in order to reach our goals.
2. If we do that the next thing you know we'll be obsessed, self absorbed and delusional.
So in effect you are asking if one inevitably follows from the next. My answer is that there is no reason to believe that one should come from the next without some reason to believe such a thing based on an individual's behavior and demeanor. This is a fallacy that actually has a name, and it is used with great abandon in politics: "The Slippery Slope"
So you asked does one thing follow the other and I answered, right off the bat, DOES IT?
When someone becomes unbalanced..and that is what you are talking about and I am with you on that….then everything becomes unbalanced. It's more than just showing up at the gym after all. This would go for anything you want to accomplish. So, that is exactly why I said I'd leave it for you to ponder. Because it is up to the individual to decide how many rooms to build, how deep to lay the foundation…
So think about the consequences of what you suggested and then ask if that is conducive to building that house. A self-absorbed person will not be successful in strength training. At least not for the long haul. Guaranteed. A delusional person will not be successful in strength training. At least not for the long haul. Meaning that those things will ultimately lead to failure. Guaranteed. In effect I am talking about being self-regulated and a self-regulated person does not become self-absorbed!