Chase Progress Not Perfection
Quite often we get lost in defeat, failure and lose sight of the progress we've made.
Success takes time and it isn't always linear. Just as the progress in resistance training is not linear, neither is success. I even prefer to think of success as a state of mind, rather than something that is achieved once we reach a certain point in time.
Success is the process of overcoming plateaus, failures and struggles.
True success and fulfilment come from the continued completion of many smaller steps that continue to lead us in the direction of what we strive to achieve, in both short and long term goals. This does not only apply to training or body composition goals but every facet of life.
“I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy”
— Tony Robbins.
As human beings, we tend to fall into the negative thinking. We get stuck in our shortcomings and in turn, it enables us to see the bigger picture from where we currently stand.
To build muscle, you need to be consistent in your efforts to execute the plan. The same has to be done to shift our thinking to an optimistic resting state.
Do successful people spend 95% of their time worrying about the situation at hand and 5% of their time trying to devise a solution? No!
They do exactly the opposite.
Successful people spend the majority of their time devising a solution to the problem to overcome the current obstacle.
The fact of the matter is, once we pass our current obstacle or problem, there will be another and another, and much more to come after that. They never stop.
Many people think we are not supposed to have problems, but they are exceptionally important within success. Problems call us to a higher level; from there we are able to face and resolve them.
Our past does not define our future.
What is required of us, is a consistent willingness to welcome these hurdles and obstacles of our life in an optimistic manner and understand that it is through these struggles that we grow.
Success also comes in all shapes and forms.
Next time when you hit a wall, experience what you believe to be a failure or struggle to keep progressing, have a look at the progress you've made rather than how far away you are from success and realise that these obstacles are necessary to build the strength required to overcome what is yet to come.
Remember, chase progress not perfection!
Diet Smart. Not Hard.