When it comes to reaching one’s health goals, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. From a constant onslaught of supplement ads to everyone preaching the gospel of their special diet to those terrible “as seen on tv” equipment ads, a lot gets lost in translation. While filming the latest episode of our podcast, my co-host Eric had a cool concept I’d like to dive into. He proposed that one should have both a primary performance and lifestyle goal.
What the hell does that mean? For starters, performance is pretty straightforward. Train your body in order to perform a certain task and/or function. Whether it’s building a bigger deadlift, hitting your first pull-up, running your first marathon or achieving the Sinister Challenge, it should be something that gets you excited to train. It should push you past your comfort zone.
The next one is a lifestyle goal. Fortunately for us, this is extremely vague and can be tailored to the individual. This can be anything from take the stairs/avoid elevators to drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily. It should be something that’s easy enough to do, simple enough to follow but will yield exponentially powerful results over-time.
Now, don’t confuse simple with easy. I’ve reached all of my goals (fitness, financial, relationship, business, etc…) by implementing small changes that I could sustain over-time. As a result of small but consistent good decisions/habits, I’ve been able to improve my health, finances and relationships. I didn’t take an extreme approach because I knew I couldn’t sustain it. Push the Biggest Loser and Rocky IV mindset aside. While sexier and better for Instagram, this method will fall short. Choose slow but sustainable habits. While seen as a pretty passive substance, water eventually overcomes everything in its path by unrelenting consistency.
Train your body. Feed your mind.