The Means are the Ends

Seth Godin:

Do the ends justify the means? Is it worth lowering your standards and giving up your principles in order to find a better outcome? Many times, the means are the ends. How we choose to act changes who we choose to become. The way we choose to get to where we're going defines what it's going to be like when we get there.

Take shortcuts and you're just practicing taking shortcuts.

You can still start where you are and be the beginner. There's no shame in that.

Do it properly.

Plan to Win

There's no secret to getting rid of the internal battle you have about doing exercise.

All you can do is make a schedule of WHEN you'll exercise, know WHAT you'll do beforehand, remove all obstacles beforehand (i.e. set out your clothes the night before), and make it as easy as possible for you to do it when you're at your lowest.

Make it easy on yourself. Don't make a plan for you at your best.

You know the tired, cranky version of yourself who quits? Make it so easy, even that version of you just does it.

Eventually, you might get to that point where the exercise makes you feel good. Even when you don't feel like it, you know that you'll feel better once you've started.

But! Even when you get to that point... starting is still really hard sometimes.

There's no shortcut to removing that internal battle. It's always there.

Don't avoid it or expect it not to happen.

Embrace it. Plan for it.

Aim to win it.

What if you Make it Easy?

It's easy to start a new habit. You just do it one day.

It's also easy to give up on your new habit. You just stop the next day.

What if you make your new habit so easy, it was hard not to do it? There's actually no need to make things so difficult for yourself - you can start and build amazing habits by making them easy to do.

Then you build on them by making the next, easy step.

Is Knowledge Power?

Knowledge is power. Or so the saying goes.

This is misleading. By itself, knowledge isn't useful. More knowledge isn't always better.

What really generates the power of 'knowledge' is acting on that knowledge.

Does it feel like you don't know enough or have enough information to get started?

You can get some perspective on your own knowledge by asking yourself this question: how do I know what I know?

If you 'know' something to be true, find out why you 'know' that.

Maybe you know that 'carbs are bad' because your Dad said so when you were a child. Have you enquired any further than that? How did he know 'carbs are bad'? Suddenly something you 'know' might seem less true.

Time to create some knew knowledge!

How do you create knowledge?

Sometimes it feels like your knowledge is just there. But it's not.

You construct knowledge. You're constantly assembling the puzzle from the things you perceive to create knowledge.

So, as you make your way through the world, constructing your knowledge of it; keep these questions in mind:

  • So what? What’s important, useful, and/or valuable about this information I’m getting?
  • How can I use this information to help right now?
  • Which information is actually helpful, and which is not? If you don't know, ask yourself how would you be able to tell the difference between helpful and unhelpful information?

What is Your Story?

The complexity of what happens when we process food isn't well understood from a health perspective.

Don't get me wrong, we know a lot of things about the process, but there's so much we don't know.

Partly, this is because food science has worked to understand how to make things appealing to you rather than to understand the health aspects. Heath is usually an afterthought. Some trait of the creation that happens to exist being highlighted because, in comparison to other features of the creation, it's a healthy thing.

Suddenly you have food marked as "high in antioxidants" and sold as healthy.

Antioxidants might be a positive choice for you. But they don't necessarily make that food healthy, or even make it a food that makes all those antioxidants available to you (remember, your body still had to process the food).

It's bloody confusing.

The thing is, no food is inherently good or bad. Food is a story. It's a script. It's information we give our bodies. It's part of the communication we have with the world. It's meals, it's people, it's community.

When you're feeling confused about all the complexity (including that which is added by all those health claims), try to remember what story you're trying to tell.

Choose food that helps you communicate that story.

If you need help starting to tell your story, I can help you get started. Reach out to me and let's get your story told!