Life happens… A lot!
I want to repeat that. Life happens a lot!
- Stuff is going to come up.
- Work is going to ask you to stay late.
- Your kids are going to get sick.
- You might sprain an ankle.
- A family outing, the holidays, or a birthday party are always right around the corner.
- The fast food place you pass on the way home every night always smells so good.
My point is that there will always be something that is going to stand in the way of you working out and eating more nutritious foods.
Let me repeat that… There will always be something.
Identifying limiting factors that are keeping you or might keep you from staying consistent with your workouts and healthy eating habits is important so that you can be prepared.
What is keeping you from being more consistent with working out and eating healthier?
- Confused on where to start? Well you’re here – that’s a great start
- Don’t want to embarrass yourself at the gym? How about working out at home until you build some confidence
- Want to lose 10 pounds before you start? How about getting started to facilitate that 10 pound loss.
- There’s an event coming up so after that you’ll get going? There’s probably going to be another event after that one so you might as well start right now.
- You just can’t seem to stay motivated
- Can’t find the time?
Take a look at your schedule or just sit and think for a bit. Is there anything in the next week, month, or year that might mess with you consistency while participating in the LBB? Any people in your life, work obligations, other responsibilities that might interfere?
Learning to do anything new or trying to build new habits will require a lot of your attention. It’s going to be demanding work.
One of the biggest limiting factors to success is the ability to sustain consistent action towards your goals. It will test your patience as improvement begins to slow. Will you be willing to push on when that occurs?
However, the good news is you’ve probably already overcome some pretty big limiting factors.
Take a look back at your life. What are 3 of your proudest accomplishments? Now list 3 to 5 things you had to overcome to achieve them.
How Top Performers Attack Limiting Factors
A few years ago I read a book titled Talent Is Overrated by Geoff Colvin. In his book Geoff outlines the habits of the top performers in various disciplines. From Mozart, to Tiger Woods, to high level executives – regardless of natural talent a few factors can help you overcome limiting factors and help you succeed.
Beliefs: Average performers believe errors are caused by factors outside of their control. Those at the top of their game or profession hold themselves responsible and believe that they are the ones that caused errors to occur.
This is so powerful. If you believe that mistakes are caused by things outside of your control, you’re essentially saying that there is nothing you can do about it. The best know they can get better and improve on those mistakes. They take time to learn about what went wrong and make adjustments based on what they’ve learned.
Specific and small: The best don’t try to tackle everything at once. They dial in on one or two specific aspects and hone those until they’re nearly perfect. Once this occurs then they move on to something else to work on.
Instead of trying to completely overhaul your diet, which can feel overwhelming; focusing instead on one specific healthy nutrition habit, mastering it, practicing consistency with it, and once that occurs then moving on to another.
Me versus me: The best of the best are not concerned with keeping up with the joneses. Ain’t no body got time for that! The best judge themselves against themselves. They assess how they stack up now versus yesterday, a week ago, a month ago, a year ago, maybe even longer.
They’re not concerned with Jimmy’s mile time, how much weight Don lifted, the 10 pounds Emily lost this month.
Nope, none of that. They’re only concerned with whether or not they’re improving based on where they were before.
Which brings me to my next point…
They get feedback: How do you know what’s working and what’s not? You have to keep track or get feedback. This might involve hoping on the scale, taking body measurements, doing a body fat test, recoding your workouts (reps, weights, times), logging competition scores, or asking for feedback form someone else like a coach, mentor, or someone else whose opinion you trust and respect.
Focus on behaviors: The best know what outcome they want to achieve but focus on the behaviors that will get them there.
- preparing healthy meals consistently
- scheduling time in your day to workout even if it’s only 10 minutes
- Working on a side hustle over the weekend
They sometimes look to themselves for feedback. In the book Colvin gives you an example of runners counting breathes and strides as a way to maintain or improve ratios for a race.
Ain’t no thing to fail: The best are not afraid to fail. They understand that “things don’t get easier as you distance yourself from a problem.” Growth happens in the eye of the storm, through failures, experiences, and careful assessment of what they can do better next time.
So slipped up on your diet over the weekend at a friends party? Eat before you go next time, bring healthy snacks with you, ask that there be some healthy options available, or practice Intermittent Fasting.
They embrace the suck: The best spend time working on what they suck at not what they’re already good at. The book gives an example of a specific study involving figure skaters. The study showed that sub-élite skaters spend the majority of their time on jumps they’re already good at where as elite figure skaters are working on jumps that they struggle with.
Help please: The most talented have mentors, teachers, other eyes to help them see what they might not be seeing.
Play back and time: The talented spend a lot of time honing their craft. Colvin goes on to give specific examples in the book of athletes, musicians, artists, and successful business people. Noting that 4 to 5 hours per day of work on a specific talent or goal is the upper limit with those hours being broken up into 60 to 90 minutes sessions.
Most of us might not have 4-5 hours per day to dedicate. That’s ok. Build momentum for yourself by dedicating the time you do have. Remember, if you really want something bad enough you’re going to have to CREATE time for it.
They have a great support system: Whether it was parents that were involved in their specific talent (maybe even talented in it themselves) or having a significant other that supported their pursuits.
Is your current circle of relationships supporting you? Have you asked for their support?
The LBB talks a lot about focusing on behaviors because they are something that you can control.
So here is your task for today. Take out a notebook or open up a word document and get your type on and answer the question below.
What are 3 to 5 of your biggest limiting factors for not being the healthiest version of yourself?
After you have answered that question come up with at least 1 behavior for each limiting factor that you can control that will help you crush it 🙂
Here’s an example from a real life client of mine:
- Limiting factor #1: Don’t like to do things alone.
- Limiting factor #2: Go out to eat more often than I should and over eat.
- Limiting factor #3: Get bored easily which leads to no motivation.
And the behaviors she’s decided to practice.
- Behavior #1: I’m asked a friend of mine that is in really great shape and is very consistent with her workouts if I can join here 3 days per week… she said yes 🙂
- Behavior #2: I’ve committed to only going out to eat twice a week and I am marking the days off that I do on a calendar. I am also preparing meals every Sunday for the week so that I have stuff already prepped.
- Behavior #3: I’m trying different workout styles form yoga, to Crossfit, to bootcamps.
What You Can Do Next
1. Identify 3 to 5 of your biggest limiting factors and write them down.
2. Identify at least 1 behavior change you can make that will help you crush that limiting factor
3. Using the contact box below send me a message letting me know what 3 factors and behaviors you have decided to dominate.
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