We are proudest when we accomplish a goal we set using our own systems and programming. We want control. We want to say we did it on our terms, that we toughed it out and persevered, but I want you to think about something. How many of you learned to train from somebody with the knowledge, background, and experience to teach you? Fitness might be one of the only athletic endeavors we don’t take the time to learn from more experienced people. We have a tendency to jump in, armed with the latest from some rag or a free program on the net, but we have no idea. We jump on the latest diet trend without considering whether it will work for us or can actually be bad for us. All because we set a goal.
Every goal requires progress in order to be accomplished. When we set training and diet goals, we know it won’t be easy and we may stumble along the way. We know this and we accept it. We know people can help us, yet we refuse to seek help to break the plateau.
Plateau – a state of little or no change following a period of activity or progress.
How long will you go without progress? When will the plateau have lasted too long and you will decide to do something about it? It happens every day. Somebody will look in the mirror and stare at the same stubborn fat that won’t go away or their legs that just won’t grow. They get under the bar with the same weight they’ve been using for months, session after session, getting the exact same result and then complaining that they aren’t getting any better or any closer to their goal.
These people typically keep repeating the same pattern with various forms of the same programs and diets.
If you keep doing the exact thing, month after month and haven’t seen any results from it, what makes you think continuing to do it for another month is going to produce a different result? When will you ask for help?
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
Some of you will laugh, but think about your gym. How many people do you see doing the same routine on the same days and their physique never changes? How many people aren’t getting any stronger? How many people in your office are “watching what they eat” and never losing a single pound?
Your excuses don’t matter
No, really, they don’t. If you’re in denial that it is more than a plateau, you might be caught in the “sunken cost fallacy” where you just can’t give up the path you’re on because of the perceived value that you have put into it. But it doesn’t matter how much time and how much money you’ve spent if you’re doing something that doesn’t work! I get tired of hearing “I don’t know any other way” and “This is what I’ve always done.” Are you making progress? If the answer is “no” and you choose to keep doing exactly what you’re doing, you can only blame yourself.
Any way you look at it, if you’re stuck for more than a few months, it’s time to move on. It’s time to be smarter. It’s time to find somebody to take some of the decision making away from you. It’s time to give up control.
Giving up control doesn’t mean you don’t have to put in the work, it just provides you with a plan instead of a choice. The best athletes in the world have coaches, so why shouldn’t you get help when you’ve stalled? Our daily lives are filled with enough stress and decision making. By taking away the stress of deciding what program to run or what foods to eat, we are free to focus on actually doing.
So, do you want to make progress, or are you content to stay where you are?