Rapid Results? Why You Should Slow Your Roll
We live in an age where when you want something, you get it now! Amazon continues to do a great job of ensuring that doesn’t change anytime soon.
To couple your “must have now” mindset, the media does a great job at directing you towards what they feel you “need” – rather, what they want you to think you need. Directing you to click a link that makes them money, or watch a show that generates does the same. I’m sorry for the Debbie downer attitude towards the media, but reading the book Trust Me I’m Lying, by Ryan Holiday, confirmed my notions that the media is really just one big manipulation. Anyway…
How does this relate to “rapid results” and why would you be better off to slow your roll?
To prove my point, I’ll tell you what has to happen in order to achieve your results now, more importantly what’s not happening, and why you should shift your focus towards achieving sustainable results. If in the end you at least start thinking differently about how you achieve results, I’ll consider this a job well done.
The Anatomy of Rapid Results
Let’s jump to the point; results only happen “now” if you’re following some gimmicky program that promises you lose “30 pounds in 30 days” and/or “inches off your waist in weeks.” I’m not denying that people don’t see results with these programs. What I’m saying is that the results people get with these sorts of programs often times isn’t very sustainable – and here’s why.
Lack of Habit Development
Habit development is HUGE in developing sustainable, long lasting results. It takes time to develop habits, somewhere along the lines of 21+ days. I like to think of habits as tools to handle adversity, because no matter what your goal is, adversity will find a way to work itself into your progress. When it does, you’ll need something to fall back onto for support. Following a gimmicky program doesn’t give you these essential tools to deal with the inevitable hurdles you’ll encounter along the way.
No Clear Understanding of Why You’re Doing What You’re Doing
Following suit from lack of habit development, most times the people who follow these gimmicky programs don’t know, nor do they care, why they’re doing what they’re doing – they just want the results! Which let’s be honest, I can understand that. I’ve come to realize that everything really boils down to patience – at least everything that’s worth attaining boils down to patience. Knowing why you’re doing something not only leads to greater fulfillment, it’ll also serve as another helpful tool in handling adversity as mentioned above.
What Happens After The Program?
Perhaps the biggest problem with searching for fast results; what do you do when you’re done with the program? If you’re like most people, you don’t know why you’re doing what you’re doing, you haven’t developed any habits along the way – you simply followed a “do this, don’t do that” plan and you’re now stuck in limbo wondering “what I should do next?” It’s because of this that the most important piece of all in achieving results is missing.
Sustainability – The Key For Long Lasting Results
I’ve mentioned before that above all the certifications I have, seminars I’ve attended, and books I’ve read, the skill that’s proving the help me the most is stopping to ask, “how sustainable is this?” It’s proven to be huge in not only my own results, but with the people I work with as well.
Sustainability means different things to different people. For an NFL athlete, sustainable looks entirely different compared to a new client coming in for his/her first day of training. Sustainability changes over time, but has to be checked and balanced so as to not reach a tipping point where the work no longer becomes sustainable. Let me give you an example using a new client who has never done any strength training before:
She has general health and fitness goals, no injuries, and wants to get stronger. I already know what I want to do with her before she starts a single session – you guessed it, swings and getups.
Knowing what to do with someone is half the battle. I’ve written about why you’d want to choose the swing and getup before in the past, so today we’re just going to assume we’ve come to the conclusion that these two exercises provide the best bang for your buck.
Week 1, day 1, has to be an educational-based session. In fact, the entire 6-week program I lay out for her needs to be educational if I want to give her sustainable, long lasting results.
…And this is where most people go wrong.
Strive For The Long, Slow Approach
As I pointed out before, taking the fast track to achieving your results may lead to results in the immediate future, but will likely lead to some questions and instability down the road. To prevent that from happening you need a program that’s;
- Develops Habits, and of course
- Gets You Results
Gimmicky programs are sexy, they’re enticing, they do their job – they make you want to sign-up!
The truth is, what you actually need for long lasting, sustainable results isn’t sexy at all.
Doing the same thing over, and over, and over again isn’t sexy.
Taking 6-8 weeks to build a solid foundation isn’t sexy.
But, 4 months from now, I’m willing to bet the person who puts in the hours doing the same thing over, and over, and over again, while taking the time to build a solid foundation will LOOK and FEEL sexier than the person who fast tracked their goal with a 21-day fat loss program.
Before you call me out! The 21-day challenge I just ran wasn’t designed to get people to lose weight – some people did – but the goal was to teach them about nutrition, habit development, and start the process of building a solid foundation.
Patience Will Do You A World of Good
Patience is really the number one thing you should practice when you want to achieve something worthwhile. Fight the urge to jump on the “must have now” bandwagon and spend more time enjoying what you’re doing, knowing that the effort you put in now will give back to you for many years in the future. This requires A LOT of patience – it’s arguable the hardest “skill” to teach someone.
To recap: stop thinking your results need and should happen right away. They shouldn’t and absolutely don’t need too. Instead, focus on making sure you’re on a sustainable program. It should be catered towards your goals, current abilities, and current lifestyle that’s sustainable for you at this moment in time. It might change over time and likely will.
Once you determine your program, be patient. Find ways to enjoy other things in your life while going through your transformation. Be mindful of the habits you’re creating along the way and be prepared to fall back onto them when adversity finds you along the way. In the old tortoise and the hare story, be the tortoise! And of course,