Do you spend 3 hours a day at the gym? Probably not. But if you do work out–or when you even think about working out–what is it that you envision for yourself? What’s your goal?
Are you working towards looking like the guys in the ads in GQ? Or the ladies that grace the covers of publications like Cosmo, InStyle, and every entertainment magazine, ever?
Getting that far takes immense resources. It takes your time, your energy, your willpower, and in most cases, your money, as well.
Is working toward this ideal really the best allocation of those resources?
That’s what I’m talking about when I say you just have to be good enough.
Good enough really is good enough…
…As long as you have a clear vision of what is good enough, and why.
You don’t have to be a cover model to be successful. You don’t have to be a powerlifter, a movie star, or an olympic athlete to be good enough.
Those people spend most of their waking hours working towards those goals.
Are your main goals different than that? Mine are. I’m not willing to spend that much of my life working on my appearance and my physical strength.
Don’t get me wrong. I still ride a bike 50 miles a week, regularly practice yoga, and eat (mostly) nutritious and healthy foods. While I don’t want to be a GQ model, I do want to be healthy, feel good, and be strong enough to feel capable of trying out new activities and doing the things I love (link to St. Helens article).
What’s your balance point?
Stop thinking in black and white. Find your shade of gray. Spend a few moments, right now, to clarify your current vision of yourself, and what it will take to get there.
What is it you intend to do with your life? What does your future look like? What experiences would you like to have?
Be OK with change.
Your vision, your dream, your goals… They will change. You know that. Over time, and with every experience you have, every person you meet, and every new fact that you learn, your vision will change. Sometimes it will be a tiny, subtle, almost imperceptible change. Other times it will be a massive, sudden change of direction.
And that’s OK. that’s why is what you strive for constant improvement. You’re always looking to shift your results toward your goals, even while the goals are moving.
And those future changes? They don’t matter, right now.
Most changes are not big. they won’t negate the efforts you make today.
Take a look at the vision you described for yourself. What kinds of physical activity are required? What amount of energy will you need?
You don’t have to look like a cover model or an athlete unless you’re goal is to be an actual cover model, or an athlete.
Go for health, sure. Work toward well-being. Be prepared for the kinds of specific activities that you hope to accomplish, one day. And then go out accomplish them.
Don’t waste energy working beyond that. It’s not needed. It’s wasted effort, energy, willpower, time, and money. Stop using your limited resources to accomplish unnecessary goals.
Start by defining your clear vision for yourself.
And here’s the important part: Don’t wait until you reach that perfect vision to start being the person you want to be. The vision shifts! You may never reach it. And that’s OK, too. Just keep reaching. Meanwhile, get living! Get doing! Take action!
What action are you taking today that brings you closer to one of your goals? Tell us all about it in the comments below!
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