Ben Emanuel II
Do you follow fitness stars on social media? Their perfect, chiseled images popping up in your news feed to give you just the right amount of motivation to get you into the gym…or does it? Striving for perfection doesn’t always work. Quite frankly, perfection is unattainable, and will always leave you falling short and feeling bad about yourself. Instead I like to remind myself of this quote… “Strive for progress, not perfection.” – Unknown
Progress isn’t as exciting as perfection, but it is attainable. And progress builds upon more progress as you climb your way towards the accomplishment of real goals. And yet…the gap between your current body and the body you want gapes wide and deep. Any time that you want progress and improvement in your life it requires crossing over from one way of doing things to a new way.
Lucky for us there’s a formula to follow that will get you from point A to point B every single time without fail. As a matter of fact all you have to do is stick with it.
Commit to making one small degree of progress each and every day, and in the long run you will arrive on the other side of that chasm, a brand new you. Did you eat white rice with dinner yesterday? Today choose brown rice. Next week choose cauliflower rice. Did you eat a donuts for breakfast yesterday? Today eat half of a donuts and a piece of fruit. Next week choose a protein bar.Did you wake up at 7 a.m. today? Tomorrow wake up at 6:45. Next week wake up at 6:30. Did you sit all day today? Tomorrow walk for 15 minutes. Next week walk for 30 minutes.
And the end result, the reward, comes after you’ve made that new way of doing things a part of who you are. We are all capable of great progress and great improvement – just not all at once. Progress takes place one degree at a time, so don’t look to perfect fitness images on social media as your measurement of success, but rather look at your personal degrees of progress in the right direction. Strive for progress but refuse the urge to compare yourself to others–the only comparison that matters is between yourself yesterday and yourself today. Progress isn’t about finishing the race it’s taking that next step in the right direction.