How many times have you heard people say that they’re all or nothing? You might even be one of those people.
More often than not being ‘all or nothing’ is just a nice way of saying that you’re not patient enough to see your goals through.
Bit harsh? Why do I say this?
Because anyone who has achieved success in an area knows the importance of patience, little steps and just showing up. In your health and fitness, you can’t achieve a whole lot in a week. You won’t always be motivated but you need to take little steps forward even when you have zero enthusiasm to take them.
The Problem with All
The main problem with all is that it tends to be an obsessive, all-out approach. I’m not against obsessive, actually I’m a bit of a fan, but it just doesn’t take real life into account. When real life forces its way back into your world, you’re often left unable to continue as you were and ‘all’ quickly disappears.
What you do in January is unlikely to matter by April. What you do always, matters always.
Reversibility and Impending Nothing
Your fitness isn’t like a new computer game, you can’t spend twenty hours on it all in one go and suddenly look, function, and feel awesome. You can do a lot in the short-term but everything you do is reversible, so if you don’t keep up regular exercise and eat well then you’ll end up back at square one.
Lots of people go on short-term very restrictive diets, and guess what? They’re unlikely to kill you, they’re also unlikely to cause you any long-term metabolic issues, but if you don’t develop the skills to maintain your body afterwards then you just wasted a ton of time and effort to go full circle and end up where you started.
Making The Best of An Obsessive Nature
If you are the type who enjoys a challenge and the idea of making massive changes to your body gets you excited then good. You have drive.
The key to getting the most out of your nature is to understand that while you have drive, you also have limits. An all-out approach is not sustainable forever and if you know nothing else, then you have nothing to fall back on.
Apply your drive to learning new skills and mastering your habits first.
Get your mind away from weight loss or athletic goals for a moment and develop the foundation rather than building your efforts on quicksand.
Once you have this in place, you can then go at your goals in an obsessive way, but only for a short time. Think of it like interval training, once you’re done you can fall back to the good habits, maintain your results and build up your drive again. Most ‘all-or-nothing’ types don’t have this to fall back on, if you do, then you gain a big advantage!
Until next time,