How to Embrace SimplicityOct 30, 2023
You've heard the still, small voice in the back of your mind, right?
You know, the one that tells you to take shortcuts. To take the easy road. To avoid hardship. To stay clear of anything requiring discipline. To "give up."
But winners don’t listen to that little voice.
Then you hear another voice that's louder. It tells you to “keep on going."
It says, "never give up or give in."
It encourages you to concern yourself only with what helps you to become your best.
You have both of these competing messages.
So which voice will you listen to?
If you can't hear the encouraging voice, may I suggest that you embrace simplicity.
How to Embrace Simplicity
If you want to achieve your goals and experience lasting success, then you need to simplify things.
If you add too much complexity, you won’t execute the basics like training smart, practicing mindful nutrition, and getting deep sleep.
You know, the simple things that move you forward.
In fact, if things are overly sophisticated you'll feel paralyzed.
Sure you need to make educated decisions, but you can’t surrender to the burden of "too much."
Maybe that's too much information or too much on your task list.
Whatever it is, you can’t let overwhelm slow you down.
But it’s up to you to take imperfect action.
It's your decision to simplify and cut the clutter.
You have a choice:
You can be overwhelmed and struggle to accomplish your never-ending to-do list. Or you can choose a few things and do them extraordinarily well.
Imagine the technical responsibilities of an airline pilot on a transatlantic flight.
The plane departs from New York City and is headed toward London.
The pilot checks dozens of things like altitude and wind speed and fuel levels.
Now imagine him trying to simultaneously teach a finger-painting class to a bunch of rowdy preschoolers... in the cockpit of that same flight soaring over the Atlantic Ocean at 500 miles per hour.
He'd likely crash the plane with all 700 people on it.
What's my point?
Don't get distracted with the latest gizmo or biohack.
"But Coach Joe, I am so busy with work and family. The daily commute to my office is two hours in traffic," you say.
Yes, everything matters; however, you need to simplify if you want to get stuff done.
Simplify as much as you can.
Keep your focus.
Follow this four-part system if you're over 40 years and you want to get leaner, stronger, and happier.
Step 1 - Train smart
Do four 45-minute sessions per week.
A complete workout includes a dynamic warmup, resistance training, metabolic conditioning, and recovery at the end.
Don't worry if every workout isn't perfect. Consistency is king.
Step 2 - Practice mindful nutrition
The bearded scoutmaster yelled out, "Be prepared!"
Me and my fellow scouts shouted back in unison, "We are prepared!"
In elementary-school Boy Scouts we did a ton of hiking and camping and other cool outdoor stuff, like survival school.
And, as you can see, I'm still referencing the important lessons I learned as a kid.
In all my years of coaching, I've never met a successful client who wasn't prepared.
Prepare meals ahead of time. Package your meals in single-serving containers. Eat your meals.
Mix it up with these Quick & Easy Grilled Meals.
It's really that straightforward.
Step 3 - Recover
Life is stressful. Messy too.
If you've lived for at least 40 years, you probably agree that there is no such thing as "normal" and everyone is struggling with something.
Good news is you can manage life's stress with smart training.
You see, training is cathartic.
When you combine smart workouts with a good night's sleep, well, you recover better and feel fresher.
Step 4 - Invest in coaching
Let's say you've "tried" to lose 12 pounds in 12 weeks.
But it hasn't happened yet.
Strange part is you have a smart training plan and are practicing mindful nutrition.
On most nights you sleep deeply.
So what's missing?
Two things: Expert guidance plus accountability.
Teachers, coaches, and mentors guide you to achieve goals.
A good coach realizes that a goal without a deadline is incomplete.
Attach a realistic deadline to your goal to create urgency.
And then reward yourself when you hit the goal on time.
If you've been struggling in your health, now's the time to invest in yourself.
Every day, ask yourself:
Did you prep your meals?
Did you train with a purpose?
Did you recharge your batteries?
If you lose focus and become distracted by overwhelm, you’re not the best version of you.
That means you won't be as productive.
And if you keep going along your current path, maybe you won't leave a legacy.
Here's another part of simplification, and one that’s going to sound strange coming from me, the coach who writes a daily lesson for you.
Clear out the information overload.
You can’t study a dozen different fitness-and-nutrition "experts" and actually execute.
Pick a couple, learn from them, and apply.
To be clear, you must apply what you learn.
The other so-called gurus get put on hold for a while. Or ignore them completely.
Focus on execution instead of simply gathering information.
Identify your life's mission.
After that, identify what success looks like to you and follow with a proven plan.
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Then you have to commit to that plan.
You can refine the plan or update it, or better yet, simplify it.
Then it’s time to focus on execution.
Simplicity leads to clarity.
Clarity leads to the ability to take rapid, decisive yet imperfect action.
Anything else will slow or even kill your progress.
Keep it simple and take massive action.
To your success,
Joseph Arangio helps 40+ men and women get leaner, stronger, and happier. He's delivered over 100,000 transformation programs to satisfied clients around the globe. If you want to lose weight from home, with the best online age-management personal trainer, or you want to visit the best longevity program in the Lehigh Valley, you can take a free 14-day trial.