One of the biggest myths surrounding success, especially when it comes to weight loss and other fitness goals, is the idea that everything – nutrition, exercise, sleep, supplementation, has to be “perfect” from day zero for any progress to be made. This just isn’t true. The unrealistic expectations that come from this myth discourage so many people and I would love nothing more than to get rid of it forever!
Where to start? How about the simple fact that “perfect” is not your goal? Your goal is to make progress. Losing inches, gaining muscle, running faster, putting more weight on the bar. That is what this fitness thing is all about. Progress! You do not need to be perfect to make progress.
Forget perfect. Improve your game!
I’m not much of a sports fan, but this is the perfect place for a sports analogy. A baseball team can still win if the pitcher doesn’t throw a perfect game or several hitters strike out. A football team can still win if the quarterback throws an interception or a player fumbles the ball.
Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time, had a career shooting average of 49%. He missed half of the shots he took! A quote from the man himself: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Through all the missed shots and lost games, he never stopped playing. This is just a guess, but I’d say he learned something from every missed shot and used that to adjust his game.
When it comes to exercise and nutrition, a “bad” or missed meal does not mean the day or week is ruined. You can always adjust, get back on track and continue working towards your goal. The same goes for training. A few missed workouts or bad days in the gym won’t ruin all your hard work.
You don’t need to be perfect to win, but you do have to keep playing. Taking action, learning how to adjust, and being consistent are far more valuable. Keep taking shots, keep working, keep “improving your game” and you will be successful.