How To Give Yourself The Best Chance To Succeed

There's a good chance you've heard that luck is nothing more than the intersection where preparation and opportunity meet.

For the most part, I agree.

Much of this comes down to giving yourself the opportunity to be lucky. You see, luck is a position that we can create in our lives.

We can position ourselves to be lucky. Yes, a little serendipity may be required but if stay ready (prepared) and put yourself in the best position (opportunity), “luck” will likely find its way to you.

Now, if we can position ourselves for something that relies on serendipity (e.g. Luck), I'm pretty sure we can also apply that to something that relies on consistency, persistence, and effort (e.g. Success).

What I find is that many times we don't give ourselves the time and space to understand what success looks like for us. And not just what it looks like but what it feels like, tastes like, sounds like, etc.

Positioning requires awareness. If we don't know where we are or if we don't know where we're going, we don't have much to work with.

I'm not saying we have to have everything figured out to get started - quite the contrary. But once we start playing, experimenting, and exploring, we need to make sure that we're using that feedback to plot out our course.

Just start, but make sure you adjust and adapt. 

It's this feedback that gives us what we need to be sure we're positioning ourselves for success in whatever it is that we're after.

Consider a time you might have sought out a change in body composition, body fat loss, for example.

Fat loss is pretty simple. It requires little more than a caloric deficit to achieve. But if that's the case, then why do so many struggle?

In many situations, they weren't able to position themselves for success. Trying to embark on a new path with the same means of transportation isn't always going to work.

It's like trying to take a Honda Civic off-roading. There's nothing wrong with the Honda Civic but it's not made to go off-roading. You're not setting yourself up for success.

I see this all the time when it comes to food and fitness goals. We go all in on this one thing that we think is the secret to our success only to find it's not sustainable.

Instead of giving ourselves the time and space to really, truly figure out what it is going to take (which sometimes requires the support of a coach or trainer), we go all in on the micro while ignoring the macro.

While weight loss really only requires a caloric deficit, sustained changes in our lives require a bit more.

I’m a big believer that everything works.

But there’s a catch...

Everything may work, but not everything is going to work for you.

The key is in finding what works for you and doing more of that.

Pair this with finding what doesn’t work and working toward doing less of that and you, my friend, have a recipe for success.

You can’t have one without the other. It’s how we adjust and adapt. 

It’s why I created the Perfect Fitness Framework. It’s an objective, results-based approach to food and fitness that really isn’t that new but has been overlooked or ignored.

I care little about “what” works for you, only that it works for you.

And usually, we only need to find a couple things that “work” for you so that you can be successful in your long term pursuits.

When you do more of what works, you start giving yourself the best chance to succeed. But it’s equally important that you continue to find ways to do less of what doesn’t. 

Do something, anything to get started. But once you’re moving, make sure you’re moving in the right direction.

Look, massive overhauls are so 2015. Heck, I think any program with an establish timeline is for the birds. Does it really matter when we get “there.” We’ll get there when we get there folks. No more putting our blind faith in some new hyped up diet plan.

Instead, let’s focus on playing and exploring and experimenting. Because what works for you today, might not work for you tomorrow. That’s ok. Use the Perfect Fitness Framework. 

Photo: Denys Nevozhai on Unsplash

Photo: Denys Nevozhai on Unsplash

Once something stops working, do less of it or something different. Continue to find what works for you.

But you have to give yourself the time and space to figure out what that looks like. Stop looking for answers and instead find ways to ask better and better questions.

Nobody knows you better than you.

On your side,


Evan CookComment