League of Wildness,
We just wrapped up another 21 Day Challenge and I wanted to share a powerful insight from Peter.
Check out what he has to say 👇
Peter was consistent for 21 days in a row. As he said, some days were more intense efforts than others and he was concerned he hadn't trained hard enough to make significant gains.
Well...the data speaks for itself and those are HUGE improvements. Congrats to you, Peter!
Proud effort 🤜 🤛
Some things I'd like to point out:
- Peter may say different, but from what I can tell, it felt "too easy" to make improvement without any pain/suffering.
- You can make a lot of progress in a short amount of time.
- Consistency will beat intensity, especially as the time horizon lengthens.
I was listening to a podcast this morning and the hosts were discussing how for most of their lives they didn't feel like they could ever achieve anything worthwhile unless they had suffered in the process. In other words, their work had no value unless they had suffered dearly during the work. I can relate.
The idea that something could be relatively effortless and still be "good" has been an alien concept to myself and many others. I think its important to mention that this is not a directive to not work hard. You can work extremely hard and the task can feel effortless. I think it's more about your psychological relationship with the work you're engaged in and the beliefs attached to that work.
For example - I still basically train like I'm a NCAA athlete. It's hard. However, it's a big part of how I have fun so for me, it's actually quite easy.
Intrinsically easy tasks can be just as painful if they are incongruent with your worldview and value system.
The hardest thing about hard work can be our judgement and self-flagellation as we toil away. However, if you can detach from the outcome and immerse yourself in the process I find that instead of torture - you start to enter into the realm of flow.
Much easier said than done, but awareness is the first step.
How does this apply to health and fitness?
The industrial fitness complex has spent billions of dollars trying to convince us that if you're not wearing the right clothes, doing the most nuanced program, taking all the supplements, and buying the next gadget - then you will fail.
The focus is always on the results and not the process.
We need to learn to fall in love with the process.
The truth is that all diets work and pretty much any exercise program will be effective if they are adhered to consistently.
If you're looking for a magic pill - be consistent like Peter and all your wildest dreams will come true.
Work hard effortlessly and enjoy the journey,