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How to Simplify

mindset Mar 29, 2024
How to Simplify | Arangio

Warren Buffett is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He's fond of saying things like this:

“To the extent that we’ve been successful, it’s because we concentrated on identifying one-foot hurdles that we could step over even though we acquired the ability to clear seven-footers."

In other words, it's usually far more efficient to simply stick with the easy and obvious than it is to resolve the difficult.

A similar quote from American business executive, Jack Welch:

“You can’t believe how hard it is for people to be simple, how much they fear being simple. They worry that if they’re simple, people will think they’re simple minded. In reality, of course, it’s just the reverse. Clear, tough-minded people are the most simple and the most successful."

If simple works for the most successful investor in U.S. history and the man that’s often regarded as the top CEO of the 20th Century – it’s probably good enough for us too.

How to Simplify

So what does simplicity mean for men and women, over the age of 40, who are looking to get leaner, stronger, and slow aging?

Here are a few examples:

1. If you have success with a particular nutrition strategy, the simplest way to have more success is to find ways to improve on or compound that strategy.

Don't seek out a completely different strategy. What works, works.

The easiest way to stop being overweight and obese is to batch-prepare your meals twice per week.

This method also saves time and money.

And then make sure each meal is portion-controlled, so you fuel your body based on your goals.

2. Unless you follow a systematic training plan that includes progression and overload, you’re just going through the motions.

You see, a muscle that’s stressed in small doses... adapts by growing bigger, stronger, and faster.

That's why randomized bootcamp-style training is not a long-term solution to losing fat, getting strong, and slowing aging.

Don’t start another workout DVD, bootcamp class, running group, etc., until you’ve worked to maximize the principles of progression and overload first.

In fact, for the past 25+ years, all of my coaching clients have used progression and overload in their training programs – and we continue to follow these proven methods today.

So start there.

3. If you don’t have a system for monitoring progress and staying accountable to your weekly goals – then you probably should worry about that first.

Do this before you worry about buying yet another fitness-tracker thingie you wear on your wrist, or another life-organizer smartphone app.

I’d guess that within your personal network there are potentially dozens of folks that have worked with me at one time or another, or read an article I wrote, or saw me on a TV show, or watched a video lesson taught by me.

If yes, reach out to them to ask them about their experience with my system.

Oftentimes irrational fear is the number-one thing holding you back.

And hearing about someone else's success with our award-winning fitness-and-nutrition coaching program may give you the confidence required to take the next step and speak with me personally.

Skipping this opportunity could easily result in decades of obesity-related problems...

  • Heart disease and stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Certain cancers
  • Gallbladder disease and gallstones
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Breathing problems, such as sleep apnea (when a person stops breathing for short episodes during sleep) and asthma
  • Feeling "old"
  • Feeling fat
  • Feeling sad all of the time
  • Low self-confidence
  • Low energy and the general belief that you will never solve your problems

On the flip side, an experienced coach will shortcut the timeline to reach your goals.

And then you'll enjoy decades of optimal health.

That's because achievement breeds confidence.

And it's this newfound confidence that may be the spark to propel you to higher levels in all areas of your life.

Not just your physical well-being, but excellence in matters related to faith, family, and finances.

But folks who are overweight or obese often look past this long-term approach, in hope of discovering some quick-fix detox diet or workout trick.

If all you did was train smarter four days per week, made sure to batch-prep your meals, and worked with a trusted coach… you could probably ignore every other "trick" and create a very healthy body and lifestyle.

If you spent time focusing on what I call "hitting singles" – just consistent action with simple strategies – you’d have 10 times the success of those folks waiting around for the next big thing that will be their "home run."

The things that the most successful clients I’ve worked with do that sets them apart:

🎯 They avoid the naysayers and maintain a positive mindset

🎯 They suspend their disbelief and punch fear in the mouth

🎯 They relentlessly take action

🎯 They are proactive versus reactive with their training, nutrition, and recovery

🎯 They invest in their health

There's nothing magical about those five things, but they DO work.

Sure, there are a host of other things that can help you lose fat, get strong, and slow aging, but I’d start here first.

Give some thought to the tips I’ve shared.

Take immediate action and incorporate them into your life.

It’s pretty simple. And simple works.

To your success,

Coach Joe



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 personal trainer in the Lehigh Valley, you can take a free 14-day trial.

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