‘They’ say, “You improve what you measure.” I feel this is incomplete. I think “You improve what you focus on making better.” Those are two different things.
Just because you weigh yourself, test your 1-5 rep max, or track a number with your fitness device doesn’t mean those things will naturally get better – or even that they’ll make you better. Being more aware of what you’re doing will definitely lead you to change a habit or two, but unless you know WHAT needs to change, and ACTIVELY do those things differently, your actual outcomes won’t necessarily line up with your expectations.
So, if you’re trying to figure out what to focus your physical fitness on for the next few weeks or months, consider this: Instead of asking what you want, ask what you’re willing to work for. Here’s how to figure that out:
- Take what you want and break it down into the actions that’ll be required to make it happen.
- Rank each action based on what you’re willing to do and the satisfaction you’ll likely feel when you complete it.
- Take the top 2-3 actions and put them in your schedule on specific days and times for the next 4-12 weeks. Set an event reminder in your calendar for the final event.
- Execute as set in your calendar. Listen to your body, take notes on how things go, iterate as you progress, and adjust your schedule to align on the day and time you actually do what you planned.
- During the final scheduled event, take that time to reflect back on your notes to see what went well, and what you think needs to be different.
- Add steps and details to the process based on the information you’ve learned.
- Apply those lessons to another round of the same actions or to a new set of actions to prioritize.
Complete this cycle a few times and you’ll be pleased with the progress you’ll make towards your goals.