The reward of continual self growth.
Working with people all over Australia each week to improve either endurance specific performance or helping people lose that unwanted weight, that has been yoyo-ing up and down for potentially the last 10-15 years is such a rewarding experience.
If you haven’t been following on for very long, the Morris Method towards health and performance is slightly different compared to the industry standard. Looking deeply into our clients and our programming, each client is receiving very different plans and recommendations due to their goals, current situations and their current hierarchy of importance.
Goals, a plan, a coach and most importantly a driving attitude, provides an opportunity for you to consistently level yourself up.
What do I mean by “levelling yourself up”?
Many of us try to force things to happen, particularly when we talk about fitness programming and diet plans for weight loss. We try and make it happen as fast as possible and are generally trying to always get that extra kilogram off. The thing about anything health and performance related is that there really is no “end”. I was guilty of this for many years, thinking and saying things like “I will be happy when (fill in the blank), I will be happy when I can run 10km’s in 50min, I will be happy when I stop eating chocolate each night”.
Do you ever catch yourself talking like this?, putting up a barrier (sometimes disguised as a goal) before you can be “happy”.
Thinking and thus acting like this, is a recipe for failure or worse running around in circles without knowing you are. Health is always something that can be improved regardless of how far down the rabbit hole you are. Second to this, physical performance and conditioning can always be improved, so rather than thinking of the end goal, focus on continual growth, or “levelling yourself up”.
I have learnt that better health and fitness is accumulated and compounded (I have written about the compounding effect) over time, and how self growth is all about setting foundations that can last. Producing mental habits, overtime with the right modality and environment should lead you to continually level up. It may not be fast, it may not be at the date you wanted, but by consistently striving for that next level you continue to add in sustainable changes into your life. “New level, new devil” as one of my clients once said to me.
Are you striving for better fitness, or weight loss? My recommendation is to focus on a levelling approach. Sure you have a big long term goal to reach, but by thinking about the levels along the way, this will produce more thought around the short term tasks and goals to complete along the way.
For instance, if it is weight loss that you are looking for, rather than always looking for how you can “speed up” the process or you can’t wait to be 10kg’s down, focus on how you can lose a kilogram and never see that kilogram ever again. This comes from learning and educating yourself on how the body works so that if a road block occurs, you are tooled with information to level up rather than just somehow forcing more “motivation” and “discipline” into your life.
How best to start consistently levelling up?
Firstly without any health and fitness knowledge, getting over our own bullshit can be the hardest part.
“I don’t have time.”
“I just don’t have the same discipline as you.”
“Everything in moderation.”
“I shouldn’t, but ok just this once.”
“I wish I knew how to cook better.”
“I can’t help but hit the snooze button.”
“I couldn’t say no.”
Excuse: seek to lessen the blame attaching to (a fault or offence); try to justify.
Procrastinate: delay or postpone action; put off doing something.
While there is so much needed change to the general fitness and health recommendations given to the majority of the population, once you understand things more clearly with the power of education and knowledge this becomes easier. There is still a point that comes down to removing your own clutter that we all create putting us in our own way of success.
Even the best of us will still come up with excuses and moments of procrastination towards certain subjects in our lives. So how do you get out of this trap?
- Consistent self review/reflection
- Consistent planning and adaptiveness
Consistent self review/reflection:
Want to get over your own bullshit? First step is to consistently review and reflect on yourself. This subject particularly is important when relating to health and performance. It does not need to be complicated, it does not need to be long, but it needs to be consistent and you need a process of how you review and reflect.
By becoming brutally honest with yourself consistently you can get out of your own way and learn to understand where you are in the present and not just “where you are not” or “where you wish to be”. Seeing a variety of methods of self reflection, realistically the best method is one that is done consistently. Many clients love to be visual or to write it down, weekly notes written down and sending them to myself or Nicole as an action to keep the process consistent.
I myself, will simply write notes in my phone of how the week went, this will include both food quality/quantity and my feeling towards my training program. Without fail this action is done before every Sunday night. No review…? Dinner must wait.
Consistent planning and adaptiveness:
Once the first step of reflection has taken place, having your own way of creating a plan must occur. Even if you follow a program written for you, a plan on your end needs to happen before your life’s craziness takes over and your training or weekly goals don’t happen. Taking this consistent step in a weekly plan allows you to reduce decision fatigue. I don’t know about you, but there is already plenty on my plate throughout the week besides trying to decide when and what I am going to do for my training and/or diet. Having a weekly, daily to do list created in advance allows you to reduce decision fatigue, the mental energy applied can be put towards ticking boxes rather than trying to figure out what box you should be ticking.
Once you have created the plan, and yes it’s always just a draft as you need to be ok with it changing and adapting along the way. If we are talking about training, one of the many faults I see in performance results is people’s unwillingness to not train, getting inside your own head that you have to stick to the plan and follow your to do list so strictly becomes your own undoing. So yes, a plan is critical to consistent results, but failure to adapt and listen to the body when it’s required will soon land you in the “spinning wheels” category again. It’s ok for things to not go to plan, it’s ok for you to take an unplanned day of rest and it’s ok if you don’t get a chance to make up for the missed training. All of this is allowing you to get some visuals around why you are where you are and what you can do to improve it over time.
If you have read this far, this is just an opportunity from me to say,
“hey, you are worth it, level yourself up”.
You won’t regret it.
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