So there I was, listening to a potential client lament about the confusion he was having picking the right routine, nutrition plan, supplements, etc. It’s a common problem these days. We have so much information available that we get bogged down in paralysis by analysis.
On top of that, our culture encourages thinking in terms of improvement by adding new things. And it’s no different in the world of fitness.
What exercise do I need to add to my routine?
What “superfood” do I need to consume to finally get the results I want?
What new gadget do I need to buy to sculpt my abdominals?
But in reality, the most massive results come by letting go of the things your don’t need, especially the things that are holding you back.
So getting back to that discussion with this potential client:
“It sounds to me like you are so overwhelmed with trying to figure out the “best” or “perfect” approach that it’s keeping you from taking any action toward your goals,”, I said.
“Yeah, I think you’re right, ” he said.
So I asked this question:
What if you were to do a sub-optimal, less-than-perfect, half-hearted, exercise program super consistently for the next year? Do you imaging that your fitness would improve?
“Sure,” he said.
“Maybe the idea that you have to have it all figured out before you move forward is keeping your from taking any action in this area,” I said.
And I think a switch flipped that day for him. He let go of an idea that was not working for him and embraced a willingness to move forward. He starting implementing small habits daily and improving his fitness.
And so it is:
Imperfect execution beat perfect procrastination EVERY SINGLE TIME.
Maybe you find yourself in the same situation with a desire to live a life of healthy vigor, but unable to keep any lasting changes. Maybe I can help.
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Author: Nick Ortego is the owner of N 2 Action, a wellness studio in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, offering personal training, health coaching, yoga, and assisted stretching..