Do you follow fitness stars on social media? Their perfect, chiseled images popping up in your newsfeed to give you just the right amount of motivation to get you into the gym…or does it?
Striving for perfection doesn’t always work.
Quite frankly, perfection is unattainable, and will always leave you falling short and feeling bad about yourself. Instead I like to remind myself of this quote…
‘Strive for progress, not perfection.’ -Unknown
Progress isn’t as exciting as perfection, but it is attainable. And progress builds upon more progress as you climb your way towards the accomplishment of real goals.
And yet…the gap between your current body and the body you want gapes wide and deep. Any time that you want progress and improvement in your life it requires crossing over from one way of doing things to a new way.
But how do you make it across?
- How do you go from 50 pounds overweight to a healthy BMI?
- How do you go from a junk food lover to a health food lover?
- How do you go from a snooze-hitter to an early riser?
- How do you go from a couch potato to active and fit?
- How do you go from someone who talks about their goals to someone who accomplishes their goals?
Lucky for us there’s a formula to follow that will get you from point A to point B every single time without fail. And all you have to do is stick with it.
Small Degrees of Progress + Time = A New You
Commit to making one small degree of progress each and every day, and over time you will arrive on the other side of that chasm, a brand new you.
Did you eat white rice with dinner yesterday? Today choose brown rice. Next week choose cauliflower rice.
Did you eat a donut for breakfast yesterday? Today eat half of a donut and a piece of fruit. Next week choose a protein bar.
Did you wake up at 7 a.m. today? Tomorrow wake up at 6:45. Next week wake up at 6:30.
Did you sit all day today? Tomorrow walk for 15 minutes. Next week walk for 30 minutes.
And the end result, the reward, comes after you’ve made that new way of doing things a part of who you are.
We are all capable of great progress and great improvement – just not all at once.
Progress takes place one degree at a time, so don’t look to perfect fitness images on social media as your measurement of success, but rather look at your personal degrees of progress in the right direction.
Refuse the urge to compare yourself to others–the only comparison that matters is between yourself yesterday and yourself today.
Progress isn’t about finishing the race it’s taking that next step in the right direction.