You might be familiar with “the 80/20 rule”.
It’s the concept that success doesn’t require perfection.
In the context of health and fitness, it’s often applied to how consistent we might aim to be with the habits that move us toward our goals.
If 80% of your meals are on point, you’ll get leaner.
Hit 80% of your planned workouts, you’ll get stronger.
Sleep well 80% of the nights, you’ll become healthier.
This concept acknowledges that “100%”, perfection, even if it were to exist, isn’t necessary for progress.
It accommodates integrating health and fitness with all the other aspects of life.
Encourages flexibility with one’s efforts to be lean, strong, and healthy.
“80/20” has much to offer in theory, and in many cases, in practice.
Yet some of us struggle with finding what “80/20” actually looks like.
We accept so much inconsistency that we don’t make any progress.
One meal turns into a weekend of indulgence.
One missed training session turns into a month off.
One poor night of sleep becomes a regular occurrence.
All the while we’re telling ourselves.
“This is balance.”
“This is 80%.”
Then we’re frustrated when we don’t make any progress.
What if there were a different way?
A way of seeing success while accepting inevitable imperfection?
The “80/20” rule isn’t about aiming for 80%.
Aim for 80% and life will bring you to 60%.
Aim for 100%.
Then, when life brings you 80%, it’s not a reflection of your worth in any way.
It’s a reflection of expecting the best, while loving and accepting yourself unconditionally.
Don’t sell yourself short by aiming for 80%.
Aim for 100%.
Then know that you are worthy, regardless of how the outcomes of your efforts align with your expectations.
You might need to make adjustments along the way.
You are worthy of working towards the highest goals.
Independent of the outcomes of your efforts.
Without any condition.
You’ve got this.