In the past, I’ve allowed myself to become married to specific training routines, ways of eating (“diets”), or other habits, even when they may not necessarily have been moving me towards my goals, or when I felt that another approach might be more effective, might fit better into my lifestyle, or might be (gasp) more enjoyable.
I have a tendency do this in nearly all of areas of my life (something I’ve been working on over the past few years).
For example, lately I’ve been making an effort to share my experiences and message with you all in hopes that I can help you avoid some of the training, nutrition, and mindset mistakes I’ve made in the past.
I want you to identify, execute, and integrate the habits that lead you towards both the body and the life that you’re capable of having.
That’s the goal. That’s the outcome.
I’ve been using a few different approaches to work towards this outcome, most recently daily videos.
The thing is, I found soon that there were things that I liked about this approach and things that I didn’t like.
I liked that I got to share short thoughts everyday. I liked that I was consistently putting myself out there and engaging with you fine people. I liked that it provided me a means to get some of my thoughts and ideas out into the world (somewhat of a selfish motivation, but whatevs, everybody likes to be heard).
However, I didn’t like that I wasn’t always able to articulate every subtlety and nuance related to the idea I was sharing that day. I’d forget to include key points. I felt constrained by the length of the video. I knew that I, personally, would often rather skim through text than watch a video and understood many feel the same way. Making time to upload, transcribe, tag, title, and caption each video took a long time – and I valued all of this because I find SO much value in text.
The dilemma I soon found myself in was that I felt that if I stopped doing videos and started writing, instead I’d be “quitting” or “giving up”.
I’ve certainly been this way in the past with my training and eating habits. I’d stick with the same workout routine or same eating habits for MONTHS, even when not making any progress, out of the idea that I didn’t want to be “a quitter”. I would provide an example or story, but I felt I’d tie this message in with an explanation of why there is no video today.
Sometimes, though, we have to recognize the difference between “quitting” and “pivoting”. “Quitting” would be giving up on the outcome altogether. “Pivoting” would be using a different approach to achieve an outcome, or deciding to work towards different outcome. (switching goals is something we’ll have to cover later).
If you’ve been giving your current routine, or habits an honest effort, consistently, for an adequate amount of time, but think that something else might more effectively move you towards your goals, might better fit your lifestyle, or just might BE MORE ENJOYABLE, get out there and do it!
You’re not quitting. You’re pivoting.
It’s the goal that matters. It’s the outcome that matters. It’s the work that matters. It’s the consistency that matters.
Don’t let the tool become more important than the job.
Be rigid on the outcome. Be flexible on the approach.
FYI, this article would NOT have fit in a one-minute video and I nearly SURELY would have missed some key points. It also took me about…30 minutes to write, edit, and post whereas each one minute video took me about the same amount of time total to plan, shoot (and reshoot when necessary) upload, transcribe, share, tag, etc.
What do y’all think?