I read a book a few years ago called The One Thing by Gary Keller that can be applied to various areas of our lives. The One Thing talks about how to be successful and live a life that prioritizes goals and purpose above all. I will highlight three sections today and explain how they can help with your fitness journey.
Not all things matter equally, so find and focus on the things that matter most.
In your fitness journey it is tempting to want to do it all right away. Especially if you have neglected health for a long time. List all the things on a sheet of paper that would help you in this moment to become the healthiest version of yourself. You should be able to come up with at minimum ten things but maybe many more. These could range from sleep to exercise to nutrition and the more specific you are the better. Then pick the “the ONE Thing you can start with that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” This question is found in the book and can be a question you ask yourself often.
Big success comes when we do a few things well.
When we approach our fitness journey with hopes of doing it all only to accomplish little it can be very discouraging. Looking back to when I started my fitness journey at eighteen years of age I made one nutrition adjustment – I eliminated soft drinks. This one change had a massive impact on the amount of sugar I consumed per day. I was drinking five to six soft drinks per day. That one change eliminated two hundred grams of sugar from my diet each day. I continued to eat the same foods but cut out soft drinks entirely.
Success is built sequentially. It’s one thing at a time.
It is our desire to see results quickly that leads us to the temptation of doing it all at once. But we know that anything that is going to last the test of time, in this case your life time, will need to be built slowly. Take for example my eliminating soft drinks. I did that for three years and the next big thing I incorporated was tracking my food. Three years after I made the decision to cut out soft drinks I began tracking my food and did so for three years. Had I tried to track my food at the very beginning of my journey it may have been too much at once. The point I want you to take away here is to fight the temptation to do it all. Start with the most important thing first. Do that consistently before adding a second step.
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