Simple is good
If you have an internet connection, you could be fooled into believing that being healthy and fit is an extremely complicated process.
In fact, the opposite is true.
Being healthy and fit is exceedingly simple. Yet, most people go out of their way to overcomplicate the process.
Health and fitness is about doing a few simple things consistently, over the long term.
We all know the basics…
- Eat healthy
- Exercise regularly
- Drink lots of water
- Get a good night of sleep
- Have fun with people you like being around
These are often seen as “common sense”, yet few people do them to the level necessary to accomplish their goals.
The general consensus is that the basics are “boring”, “overrated”, or “unnecessary”.
People think, “it can’t be that simple. There must be more to it than this.” So, they are continually jumping from one strategy or tactic to another, with none of them providing the desired results.
The points I mentioned above are the essentials and skipping them is the reason so many people struggle. While there are definitely some nuances to each point, at the basic level, they are understood by most people…yet not followed consistently.
Perfection is a myth
Ahhh, perfection. It’s time we get this myth out of our mind (and way).
We all have ebbs and flows in our efficiency and effectiveness. This is a normal part of life.
However, so many people are striving for perfection when they have yet to master the basics (see point above).
Imagine if you were getting into fitness and you help yourself to the standard of an Olympian. How realistic, successful, and motivating would this be when you continually failed to meet that standard? Not very!
The other side of this myth is that repeated failures create a self-defeating mindset that begins to sabotage any forward progress.
Have you ever had a bad day on your nutrition plan, where things seemed to go “off the rails”? (It happens to us all). I’ve seen many clients turn this one rough day (or poorly chosen meal) into a week long slide of poor choices, self flagellation, and pity parties.
This is equivalent to getting a flat tire on your car, becoming upset, and slashing the other three tires just to spite yourself. It sounds funny, but I see people do this every day in fitness and nutrition.
A good reminder is that “Every Day is a New Day”.
It’s normal to have an “off-day”. The key is to get back on track the next day, and strive to string a few good ones together as a bonus.
As one of my mentors likes to say…”Fail forward”. You can do this by taking imperfect action. Do something, if it fails, learn from it and move on.
This beats “procrasti-planning” every time! (Procrasti-planning is the “analysis by paralysis” approach where you plan everything to the minutiae, but fail to actually implement or take action).
This is a key factor holding many people back from getting the results they want.