A lot of people have approached me commending me for going after this ultra marathon. And yes, it is a huge goal for a guy like me. But the real power I’ve learned through this past 2 months is that it’s not the big changes that have made the greatest impact. Its those small seemingly insignificant choices through the day that have made the difference. Does taking a bite of a Big Mac make you clutch your heart and fall over. No, if it did we wouldn’t take the second bite. There is no immediate negative impact. But hitting the drive through 3 times a week on your way to appointments has a dramatic impact over the course of your career. All I did to change that was to pick up hi protein snacks to keep with me while I’m out and the choice to cut out fast food was not that tough. If we look for those little changes we can make we don’t get huge in your face results. Instead our habits change and the impact snowballs. The smallest (and easiest to do consistently) choices have been what makes this ultra completely achievable. I was told by a coach that I work with (Simon Smart Warrior Protocol) to jump in a cold shower every morning. Without fail I have done that every morning for over 2 months now. And trust me, it doesn’t get easier. But what it does is condition me to recognize that the best choice is not the easy one. And I get to prove to myself that I can choose comfort or I can step into the hard shit that is going to keep me going in the direction I want for my life. The great part about this is it takes no extra effort or time out of my day. (I should be showering every morning anyways, right…)
So, just remember some of the choices are hard. Some of the correction are minute. If the goal (and payoff) is big enough a little chill in the morning and bag of nuts in the car suddenly just don’t seem like that big of a sacrifice. If you want to see real results look at whatever goal you have for you have right now and ask yourself. Is that big enough for me to step out of my comfort zone and have a real impact on my life? And then jump back into the present and make every choice in your day based on whether it gets you closer to that goal or steers you further from it.