This blog is inspired by a thought I had the other day and I posted it on Instagram, I think this thought requires a little bit more explanation. This thought was provoked by what I see and hear in the gym that I coach at. Although It might be obvious to some, we can definitely take these same lessons and self-awareness skills outside of the gym setting too.
To explain this thought a little bit more, we’ll split people up into 3 different groups. Group 1 consists of people who expect their results to come without doing the work, group 2 are the ones who expect results to come with the assumption they’re doing the right things while in reality they’re not. The final group consist of the people who achieve the results they are after by putting in the right amount of effort/time/energy.
The hardest part about these different groups is that they typically don’t see what group they fall into. We are unaware of our own blind spots and where we’re going wrong (or right). For the purpose of this blog we’ll focuse on the first 2 groups. Those first 2 groups are usually unaware of the things they’re doing, the things that are leading them away from their goals. Think about not putting in enough effort/time, not eating the foods they should be, not waking up when they should, not listening to feedback and the one thing that makes everything fall into a never-ending circle: getting frustrated when you’re not seeing the results/progress.
Frustration makes us blind to things that should be obvious, if we’re doing the same thing over and over again but the results don’t change, are we doing right things? (you see where the title came from) I have quoted this before, but that’s the definition of insanity. Unfortunately, frustration usually makes us blind to see that obvious flaw, rather than changing up the approach we double down on the same thing that has gotten us nowhere in the past. However, we have got to remember that some goals and results take time to develop. If you’re looking to lose 30 kilos, you know it’s not going to happen overnight. You might be setting yourself back even more if you change up your approach to much, because you will start to lose track of what is working for you and what isn’t. In certain situations, we’ll have to be patient and look at our progress over longer periods of time. You have got to know what goals you’re setting for yourself and how long it *”should” take you to get there.
*should: everybody reacts differently to things, while it’s also about how much effort you’re putting into it. If you don’t know how long it should take you to reach your goal (while trying to lose weight for example) find someone who does and ask for help/advice. It all sounds so simple while I am writing this down, but we all know it’s not. Sometimes the most obvious things are the things that we’re missing
Let me just say that I am nowhere near perfect in this myself, even while writing this I am going through every little thing in my life that might be holding me back right now.
I know it’s hard to hear sometimes but we all have blind spots when it comes to our routines, decision making and personalities. Remember this; it doesn’t matter how angry or frustrated you get with someone for giving you well intended feedback or help, at the end of the day you’re the one who’s stuck with the same problem as when that day started. I know it sounds like I am putting everybody in the same box but let’s be honest, do you know anyone that’s perfect? No, because everybody has their flaws, no matter how small they are. In my opinion, everybody can benefit from doing some true self-reflection from time to time.
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