Stop over thinking, just get moving

Monday is a favorite day for folks to “start” a new fitness program. It’s the technical start to the Western work week, and it’s a day about beginnings. As part of this, there’s a need to have “a plan”. The Plan quickly becomes an all consuming part of your life. You spend hours tweaking workouts, meals, and other nuts and bolts that will help you get yourself back in shape. All that work means you MUST.START.MONDAY.

Then a funny thing happens. The plan starts to take longer to work out. There’s little things that flag as problems. You don’t have gluten free bread, so you can’t start yet. You need another set of weight plates and can’t start without them. You’re still shopping for “the right” gym. On and on it goes, and eventually The Plan fades off into the sunset, and yet another Monday shows up where you don’t start.

Now don’t get me wrong, planning is good. Planning is a key to long term success. Thing is, all the planning in the world does NOTHING if you do not actually get your rear in gear and do something. Yeah it’s a funny thing, if you don’t move it, you will never, ever lose it.

So this Monday, stop worrying about your plan. Get up and go do something. Heck, do 20 minutes on the treadmill. Just move, get it done, then move on. You can start your plan on a Tuesday and the world won’t end. Your plan can kick off any day of the week. But right here, right now, you need to get yourself moving. So go, get off the computer and go do something. Anything. Move. Stop thinking, get moving.

I’ll be here when you come back.

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2 responses to “Stop over thinking, just get moving

  • Mr. Guilt (@MrGuilt)

    One of my mantras is “stop sucking.” I may not be able to fix everything that came before–there may be cables run that look like crap, a bunch of unprocessed emails that keep me from achieving “Inbox Zero,” or a pile of “stuff to go through.” I find that creating a dependency on remediating those things becomes a huge barrier to having well run cables, Inbox Zero, or a new organization scheme.

    I try not to let those be a barrier. I pick a point to “stop sucking.” Every new cable will look perfect. All the existing email gets dumped into a “to process folder,” and Inbox Zero from here on out. Every new thing that might otherwise go in the pile instead goes in its place. Eventually, maybe, I’ll deal with the legacy badness. At least the problem is not getting worse. I stopped sucking.

    This post sounds like that philosophy. Don’t wait until you’ve sorted out every possible barrier to improvement. Stop sucking now, don’t worry about having the whole thing figured out. You can get closer to perfect down the road.

    • Clara K. Showalter

      Perfect is a single point in time. We can’t live there. It doesn’t matter if it’s fitness, network engineering, or something else. Perfect is a moment. That’s it. When you get that wrapped around your brain, it’s much easier to focus on the small steps inbetween.

      Stop sucking now. 🙂 I like that.

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