Don’t obey the odds

It’s something like going on an ocean voyage. What can I do? Pick the captain, the boat, the date, and the best time to sail. But then a storm hits… What are my options? I do the only thing I am in a position to do, drown — but fearlessly, without bawling or crying out to God, because I know that what is born must also die.

 Epictetus, Discourses

Nobody would ever wait for every traffic light to turn green before they set out on a road trip, that sounds absurd. Yet, for some reason we live our lives like this in a lot of other ways. We will put off, procrastinate and hesitate, because the ‘time just isn’t right’. We’re not ready to take action because we are worried about something.

When two teams go into the Superbowl, nobody on either team believes they will lose. Everybody on both sides has placed in extraordinary amounts of effort in preparation for this one day. Yet, everybody knows that there will be a winner and a loser. If you make it to the Superbowl, you have a 50% chance of winning or losing, does this mean that you shouldn’t play in the Superbowl, because you have the same odds of winning as getting a heads in the opening coin toss?

Obviously not!

There are so many options when it comes to exercise, health, strength & mindset, that some people get lost in finding the perfect combination of tactics, that they never get started. There is no right program, there is no right diet. But taking action on any of the plans will place you miles ahead of the person that is still coming up with the plan. This is not saying that all programs and diets are good for you, you must still do research and plan accordingly, but there comes a time when you must take action. Since no plan is perfect or extremely better than all the others, you won’t be able to create the perfect plan.

Instead, you must work on putting in all your effort into action and readjusting the plan along the way. Because part of this type of thinking is that you are not only acting, but also learning.Were my early days spent in the gym 100% effective in developing strength in the absolute perfect way? Absolutely not. Did it establish a habit that would last me for almost two decades? It most certainly did. The best part about training for as long as I have, is that I have a lot of experience that I could never have read about. Don’t get stuck in analysis paralysis, where you take no action because there are so many roads available to you. Figure out your general direction, start moving and you’ll perfect it along the way.

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