Will You Ever "Arrive"?
Progression Vs. Perfection
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As a nutrition and fitness expert am continually asked, "what should I eat to lose weight", “should I cut the carbs?”, "what should I eat to get six pack abs", “Is eating fat bad?”, “Are all carbs bad?”, "what should I eat to "lose my love handles."
Here's a quick Nutritionist story:
A couple months ago I took a break from my busy schedule as a Dallas Personal Trainer. I was out of town with my wife on a much needed vacation and I was sitting by the pool thinking to myself about my approach to nutrition and some of the most common struggles that my personal training clients seem to continually face
This was the first vacation of more than 4 days that I've taken in several years and it was nice to have some slow time to just sit and think.
As a Dallas Nutrition & Fitness trainer I am continually trying to think of new ways to improve my training, or improve my business, or how I manage my time and schedule each day so that I can fit more personal training clients into my schedule and have the chance to help more people achieve their fitness goals.
Anyway, the usual thoughts were going through my mind but because of the slow vacation pace I was in, I was able to think more slowly and with no hurry. After mulling over several ideas of how to "perfect" my approach to several things this thought occurred to me:
"Will I ever arrive at that perfect "end" that I always seem to be aiming for? Is there even such a thing as the "perfect end"?
As long as I'm working toward that final goal of having things just right - I'm moving in the right direction and making progress and that's what counts.
The key is: Which direction are you moving? Forward or backward?
Many people seem to think they can just "maintain" or "stand still". Well, one things I've learned is that there is no such thing as standing still. You can move forward and you can move backward, but you cannot stand still. And if you think you are standing still, you are actually moving backward.
As usual, my thoughts began to relate this to Dallas nutrition and fitness. No matter where you're at right now, as long as you are progressing, you are doing exactly what you need to be doing...you're moving forward.
The problem comes when you don't take any action and yet you still expect to make progress.
So, focus on improvement, not perfection. Focusing on perfection will create eternal dissatisfaction. Focusing on progress will allow you to feel satisfied every single day! This is key and is worth repeating:
Focusing on perfection will create eternal dissatisfaction. Focusing on progress will allow you to feel satisfied every single day.
After all, any improvement is better than going in reverse. Think about it this way, even if you were to lose just 3 ounces of fat each week - just 3 ounces (that's certainly easy), in 1 year that's almost 10 lbs of pure fat.
I know that doesn't sound like much, but it is progress.Think of all the people who are gaining 3 ounces of fat per week....year after year after year.What if you lost 3 ounces of fat per week year after year after year. Well, eventually you run out of fat to lose!
It doesn't take much to make small steps in the right direction. Action creates results and and habits are the most powerful actions because they are the actions that we take most often and without even consciously choosing to do so...Well, "How do you eat an elephant?"...."Well, one, bite at a time, of course"
Treat your fitness goals the same way...small steps that will continually move you in the right directionsAs a Dallas Personal Trainer I would suggest picking 1 habit at a time and working to improve just that habit.
The next week you can continue to focus on that habit or you can choose a different one. Over time, your habits will form you and you will be blown away at the person that you have created through your deliberate consistent effort.
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