Knowing vs Doing

Are you thinking too much?

You should be eating more vegetables.

I know.

Frequent protein intake will help you lose weight.

I know.

You should eat something before you come in to workout.

I know.

Stop drinking soda (I wrote pop originally because I am from the Midwest but was reminded subconsciously by my cheese-head friend that pop is a sound, stupid social conditioning).

I know.

The list goes on and on.

I hear a lot of “I know” everyday and most frequently from people who are not making very good progress. The people that make exceptional progress are doers.

I say “You need to eat more veggies” and they say “Consider it done,” or “This is how I am going to accomplish it.”

Knowledge is great, but when you don’t do anything with it its useless. Stop wasting your time acquiring knowledge, you know enough, and start doing.

Weight loss is an easy process, its whole lot of doing and a lot less knowing.

Stop “knowing” and start “doing.”

Daily Win

Giant Daily Win Button (Press Daily)

Today, I want to take a moment to talk to you about acknowledging your “daily wins.”

As I was reading today I came across this principle and would like to share it with you.

All of us have goals in life, a mountain peak so to speak.  Most of us want to be on that peak yesterday.  Unfortunately, in the real world, things don’t work like that.  Fat loss and muscle building are definitely no different.

Take a second to picture a real mountaintop in your mind.  Maybe its snow covered in the middle of the Alps or pine laden overlooking the ocean.  Wherever it is I want you to stop thinking about the peak but take your awareness to the sides of the mountain.  Do you see that a valley surrounds each side of the peak?

Now if a climber decides to reach the peak of the mountain he is going to spend the majority of his time in the valley on his quest to the top.

Relating this back to us, we spend the majority of our time in the valley taking steps towards our goals.  We can see the peak but the actions we take everyday get us closer to it.

What I am getting at is that success cannot be measured SIMPLY by reaching the mountain peak but success should include the “daily wins” or the cumulative effect of all the little daily successes that get us to the top.

Acknowledging these “daily wins” leads to a much richer and rewarding life because our focus is on the daily success we have in taking steps towards our goals instead of being “so far from our goal.”  By recognizing the daily wins we build momentum, which is necessary to continue our quest forward toward our ultimate goal.

Let me give you an example.  If you are 30% body fat, which is considered obese, and lose 1% of body fat per month (average progress) after 1 year you will be at 18% body fat.  This is by female standards considered an athletic body type.   That person went from obese to athletic in one year not the mention the countless dollars saved and quality years added to her life from improved health.  1 year, that’s it.

1% might not seem like a lot but over time all those 1% add up into an UNBELIEVABLE total body transformation.

Change does not happen overnight but is rather the accumulation of daily wins.

I encourage you if you keep a journal or want to start is record a few daily wins you had today.   Recording will draw your awareness to these wins and greatly improve your success rate. It will also lead to a greater appreciation of the things you get done everyday leading a richer and more rewarding life.

They can be as simple as…
1.    Made it to boot camp today
2.    Ate breakfast
3.    Spent 1 hr playing with my children

Or as ambitious as
1.    Never had to rest during boot camp
2.    Was compliant on all my meals today
3.    Turned off the tv and spent 30 minutes conversing with my significant other and family during dinner

Acknowledge your daily successes.  Maybe even do it as a family around the dinner table.

Grow Everyday
-Trevor