Stop Chasing The Moving Target of Perfection
Yesterday, I went live with a quick video about my number one tip for getting in shape this summer.
Are you ready for it?
My number one time to get in shape this summer is… Do something active every day! I don’t care if it’s meeting your step goal, doing 10 pushups before you go to bed, or a living room dance party for a few songs! You don’t have to run a marathon. Heck, you don’t even have to run. 🤭 You could even get in a couple of laps of briskly walking around the block. Adding in activity that’s normally not part of your day- that will make a difference. Your mood will thank you, your body will thank you, and even your mind will benefit!
So what does this have to do with perfection?
Time and time again, I talk with people ready to start exercising who immediately start worrying about all of the other things they need to do to reach their goals right now! Because they’re motivated, they’re certain that they can finally fix everything.
The longer the list of “shoulds,” the harder it is to incorporate all at once.
“Eat well. Exercise daily. Sleep for 6-8 hours. Don’t drink caffeine. Don’t drink alcohol. Meditate. Practice gratitude.” It’s a laundry list of items that sounds great, but may not be achievable all at once depending on what’s going on with the rest of your life. There’s always going to be something else we can do in order to be our “perfectly” healthiest selves. 😒
Expect too much of yourself before you’re ready and failure to accomplish any of it can be demotivating.
Instead, I want to continue emphasizing habit stacks: add one habit over time to set yourself up for success!
That’s why my “summer body” tip is adding in new activity every day. After two or three weeks of doing it regularly, you’ll feel prepared to add in another habit because you’ve set up a foundation.
Creating your personal processes takes time. Some of those them will need to be modified (or eliminated) down the road. It’s not about creating the perfect routine to follow all day, every day. Our lives, bodies, and needs change on a regular basis.
That’s okay. That’s also why we need to give ourselves breathing room. Goals are important to give yourself to work something towards. Ultimately, any forward progress is cause for celebration.