“The road is long & the life short.”
You may hear many people talk about how you learn from every mistake, and so on.
I can tell you from experience that you don’t.
That is certainly not the case here on this side of the screen your reading 😂
It’s like the grey matter between the ears recognises what has just transpired was a colossal mistake and vows never to make it again.
Then it immediately hits the ‘reset’ memory button.
Shortly followed by this thought:
‘That seems like a good idea, yet why do I have this strange forbidding feeling in my stomach…. Meh, it’s probably just something I ate.’
*Cue fool errand and obvious impending mistake.
There is a reason we make the same mistake repeatedly.
It’s because of familiarity.
Yep, being the clever species we are, and one that tends to like sequential things, symmetry and especially patterns (ones we recognise from past experience), we’re likely to make the same mistake countless times.
It’s easy to get drawn in by what we know, even subconsciously.
We see, feel, connect with something that seems like we already know and that’s all we need.
This happens throughout life.
As such fitness is no exception to this, just look at the diet industry, that monstrosity has been spamming out the same new fads for decades and people still get drawn in.
Here is the cycle:
Fad promise of glory > naive & desperate person > they go all in > results achieved > reversion to their old familiarities > sadness > fad promise of glory > repeat.
You think we’d learn, right?
So given that which we know, what are we to do?
The answer is less sexy than you might imagine.
Keep a diary.
Weren’t expecting that were you.
Writing things down is a great way of keeping track of not just things in fitness, nutrition, business and goals, it’s also quite handy for life.
Sitting down after an event and putting pen to paper, or fingers to keys in this day and age, captures your emotions and perception of the events in that moment.
This can be great for self reflection.
If you ever sit back and reread your old experiences or vagrant thoughts you’d be surprised what you can learn.
Try writing as little as 200-300 words a day.
You’ll be amazed how easy it is and how much you can learn from such a simple task.
Don’t get caught up on trying to write war and peace.
Just write, this is for you and you alone, it doesn’t need to make sense, it just need to be.
If you wish to share a page or two, start a blog.
You will be amazed how many people resonate with the feelings you have, positions you’re in and just how ‘not alone’ we really are.