In Defense of Less

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It’s easy to overlook the impact small changes can have over our lives. Everything we’ve ever been sold has been a package deal. We think because we’re offered more then there’s more we need. From what I’ve experienced, we don’t need more we need less. And yet we can’t resist a good deal, despite the unexpected consequences in the form of mental overload and overwhelm.

Small changes work because they start to reinforce the person we want to become. Which makes sense. Take a step back from it all and what are we but the accumulated composition of every decision we’ve ever made? We are what we repeatedly do. And what we repeatedly do can always change. It has to.

Small changes work because they start to reinforce the person we want to become.

Little wins create the purest form of motivation: progress. Few things are more motivating than progress. It’s why it’s so important to get started. You only need a little momentum, but only action begets more action.

The cool thing that happens when we start to repeatedly engage in behaviors that support the person we want to be, things begin to trend toward a self-fulfilling prophecy.

It becomes easier and easier to identify as a healthy, happy, fit person when you have evidence to back up your claim. You don’t have to rely on “feeling something,” you ARE that something.

Few things are more motivating than progress.

There’s this fallacy perpetuating the interwebs that you have to have everything perfect to get in shape.

I can tell you from experience, the healthiest, happiest, fittest people I know are often the most flexible. Their diets aren’t perfect. Their workouts aren’t perfect. They don’t sleep perfectly every night. They don’t always drink enough water. But they show up each and every day, willing to do their best in each of those areas and they’ve developed the skills over time that are necessary to do so.

It’s great if you want to look up to someone who is in incredible shape. What you don’t see, however, is everything that got them there. There was plenty of trial and error, plenty of things that didn’t work or went catastrophically wrong.

They aren’t where they are today because of what they did today. They are where they are because of everything they did for the past 6, 12, 18+ month. They weren’t perfect, but they were consistent. They got a little momentum and built on that.

It’s great if you want to look up to someone who is in incredible shape. What you don’t see, however, is everything that got them there.

Make it easy to gain momentum. Embrace the power of small changes that compound over time. Stop trying to do it all at once or staying stuck until everything is in place. Stick to the fundamentals. Get better with the fundamentals. One missed workout, one unsupportive meal will never make or break you. But one workout, one great meal, could be all you need to convince yourself to keep going.

Stop thinking you need more. You don’t.

You have everything you need. Now go do it.