Sometimes we think progress should be linear.
That we should get stronger every workout.
That our pants should be a bit looser every time we put them on.
That our lab work should improve every draw.
When this doesn’t happen, we can be disappointed.
When our metric of choice doesn’t head in the direction we expect, we’re let down.
Sometimes, we feel this way after only a single data point.
One training session.
One blood draw.
Other times, we feel this way after a legitimate plateau.
When we seem not to see any changes for days, weeks, or months.
We feel like we’re not making progress.
We question our efforts.
We ask ourselves whether this is all worth it.
We start to consider quitting.
The truth is progress isn’t linear.
There are ups and downs.
Even moving in the wrong direction can help us recalibrate our efforts.
You won’t move forward every single day.
Some days, you’ll move forward.
Others, you’ll move backward.
You might even stagnate.
It’s all progress.
What matters is showing up.
Putting in the work.
Learning what works.
Letting go of what doesn’t.
Looking, feeling, and performing your best will be challenging.
It will take experimentation.
It will take persistence.
It will take grit.
It won’t be easy.
But it will be worth it.
You are worth it.
Do the work.
Accept the losses along with the wins.
Adjust when you need to.
You will make it happen.
You’ve got this.