Friday, October 24, 2014

Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Doing ...

We seem to have need for finding the "right" answers.

We have all heard the adage, "Anything worth doing is worth doing well."  This is an incredibly debilitating piece of advice.  

We think about a new idea or possibility, goal or endeavor, but then realize we can't execute on this new initiative "well" because we have never done it before, so we look for another idea. The original idea might be a good one, but since we have never done it before, we resist the idea because it isn't comfortable. Instead of making progress, we look for an easier answer.  Instead of growing, we stay stuck in our comfort zone.

I think progress is made by adopting a new mantra: Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly... at the beginning. Not forever, only when you begin.  It's how you learned to ride a bike, swim and drink out of a cup... you did it poorly at the beginning. 

Here it is on a bumper sticker:  Everything you want lies outside your comfort zone.  

To help you, think about the questions below:

  • Where are you letting perfect get in the way of possible?
  • What are the skills you need to learn that right now are outside of your comfort zone?
  • What do you need to try that will be done poorly (at the beginning) but which is critical for your success?

Your friend in fitness,

Brian Calkins
NSCA-CPT, ACE

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