A New Mindset

9
Nov

A New Mindset

You know the mind is a powerful thing. Renee Descartes says, “Cogito Ergo Sum. I think, therefore I am.”  Yes indeed! My point is, how you think about things can and will often determine their outcomes. There is a pervasive mindset that if “I can’t do it right, there is no point in doing it at all” and “If I can’t give it 100% then I’ll never get results.” I’m here to tell you that’s just not how it works. 

Let’s play devil’s advocate for a moment. What’s wrong with giving 100% every time you go to the gym? A few things come to mind. First, is the issue that if you can’t, for some reason give your best, then there is no point in trying at all. This is so stupid. You mean to tell me your 75% effort isn’t better than 0%?! And we wonder why so many people feel like they can’t get started or feel overwhelmed when they think of exercise or nutrition! I’ve always said the number 1 rule for success is show up. That’s right, if you just show up and do anything, that 100% better than not showing up at all. Rule number 2 is always get better, which brings me to my second point.

Second, is this concept that if you can’t do something right, then don’t do it. Wow. I don’t think Jimmy Hindrix or Robert Plant would even have tried to play music if they thought like that. How the hell are you supposed to learn something new, if you don’t give yourself the leeway to make mistakes?! This is idiocy, and you deserve better. Learning something new is uncomfortable and awkward. But if you try to improve, and it gets even a little bit better, -well you know what I say, “better is better (I heard Brett Jones say this and I’ve been saying ever since)”. I’m not saying get hurt by doing an exercise or lift incorrectly. Get training and learn how to develop it through stages, but do it! You’re never going to be perfect. Perfect is an illusion or an ideal. We can strive for it, and in that endeavor get close, but we never get to perfection. 

Finally, this kind of thinking enables you to defeat yourself with excuses. This is the worst of all! You are literally getting in your own way. You want to see results? Do it. Just get out there and start doing it, whatever it is! Do it, and do it consistently. If you go to the gym this month once a week, and do nothing else but walk around and go home, that’s still a 100% improvement. If next month you take a class or stretch for 15 minutes, well that’s at least another 90% improvement. Better is better. If you stop eating candy in the middle of the day, guess what. That’s better. If you choose to drink another bottle of water instead of a soda -that’s better. Better is better. That’s how you have to look at this folks. Better is better. 
I know, I know, but that is so …. Boring! Ha! Tough, it’s not about entertainment. It’s about your health and your ability to do things that are entertaining. Don’t be seduced by the dramatization of young sweaty bodies crushing it in the gym at any cost. That’s just stupid. Be amortized by consistent, disciplined work, that leads to the most fun thing ever -results! Not short term results, but life long results. Change your mind, and change your life –Cogito Ergo Sum!

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