Compared to what?

One thing that makes change so difficult is knowing whether it’s going to be worth it.

That is, will it move us from where we are to where we want to go.

We might be contemplating a new dietary strategy.

Or perhaps a new training program.

Maybe a new class.

We’re not sure, though.

We don’t know if it’s what we need.

We don’t know if we’ll like it.

We don’t know if it’ll work.

So we seek advice.

We ask around.

The way many of us do this, though, sets us up for disappointment.

It comes down to the types of questions we ask.

We often look at our options in isolation.

Whether it’s a diet, training strategy, or any course of action in life.

We oversimplify our questions.

“Is this healthy?”

“Will this work?”

“Should I do this?”

We overlook a critical factor we must consider.

“Compared to what?”

Is a paleo or keto or vegan or carnivore or whatever diet healthy?

Well, that depends.

Compared to what?

Will this powerlifting program make me stronger?

Again, it depends.

Compared to what?

Should I take this class?

You guessed it — it depends.

Compared to what?

That’s not to mention another important question — for whom?

That’s a subject for a different post, though.

For now, focus on asking, “compared to what”.

The most obvious place to start is with whatever you’re doing right now.

If you’re not eating well.

If you’re not training.

If you’re not making any effort.

Chances are, the answer will be, “yes”.

Or at least, “probably”.

From there, your best bet will likely be to experiment.

Try different things.

Compare them to each other.

See how they work for you.

How they align with your most excellent life.

It will take time.

It will take effort.

You’ll make it happen, though.

You’ll get there.

You’ve got this.

Originally published at on May 8, 2020.



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