Doing More vs Doing Better

As most people who follow my twitter account, have probably realized, I dig Seth Godin.

He just seems to stumble across great concepts more than anyone else, who’s work I follow.

He’s a great example of someone always trying to do better, not more, and it’s a prime driver of his success I’m sure.

This title is more or less based off of his title, but with an entirely different twist.

I am taking the concept and spinning into my own personal mission: enhance the quality of life of those around me.

I’ve noticed, in years of coaching, that there are certain behaviors that certain individuals elicit, some positive, some not-so-positive, and if I can help change the vital behaviors into positive behaviors, even slightly, it opens up the flood-gates of results.

It really often has had nothing to do — in my present opinion — with the programs I design or the nutritional prescriptions I make.

Though I believe them all to be very sound recommendations that I’ve spent a lot of time researching, tweaking and adjusting accordingly.

I have a firm understanding as to why I’m prescribing what I’m prescribing, which is really important in my eyes.

So the question, I often ask myself is, what is it that makes me even remotely effective as a coach? What could make me even more effective?

Well, I’m constantly discovering new bits of information about that, but one of the big reasons, is because I’ve always tried to find ways for people to do better and not simply do more.

I’d rather teach someone how to get phenomenal results in 3 hours a week, than force them to dedicate 5 or 10 hours a week to training.

It’s possible, but it requires a little learning and dedication up front.

Yet, for most people, the easiest way to account for a lack of progress at the gym, or with our eating is to assume that we’re simply not doing enough.

Therefore we often think, we’ve got to throw more at the problem.

We get more extreme in the time we spend training, risk our safety a little bit more at the gym, reduce our calorie intake even more, or even go on some ridiculous over the top diet that only lets us drink special shakes 5 times a day.

Many coaches, in my opinion, openly encourage or simply demand that you just ‘do more,’ in order to reach your goal or objective.

You gotta stop eating any and all carbs,” they may say, or “you gotta do cardio every single day this week.”

Maybe they talk (wrongly) about the need of giving more effort, or they may just tell you to do whatever you’re doing, faster.

This is absurd, and more often than not ineffective.

From a client point of view, one of two things will result:

A) You’ll think this is great, someone else is motivating you and pushing you along (an extrinsic motivator) so you’re going to do great, because you just don’t have the willpower or the motivation right?

B) You push back because it’s just too overwhelming to make that much change at one time, eventually dropping off from a fitness program.

From these coaches point of view, it is easier to go with the flow, and just ‘tell’ people what they need to do.

It’s a lot harder to work with a client to find a limiting factor or identify vital behaviors that are holding them back.

The truth remains though, that you cannot outrun a bad diet or bad habits by simply doing more exercise or doing it faster.

You need to learn to do it more effectively, and more efficiently.

This is easier said than done. Better is trickier to do, because it requires a little more creative thought.

The better equation requires education, coaching and patience.

So where do you start?

First, analyze the problem you are trying to solve. Do you understand why you are doing it?

If you don’t, then ask questions of your coach or mentor. Too many people leave a room with questions, so they’ve already limited their ability to get better.

I know, because nobody wants to be that guy to put up their hand in a seminar to ask the first question, for fear of seeming dumb or like they weren’t paying attention.

On the contrary, people like me love questions!

Check out this article for more info.

Second, how are you going to do it and does it co-relate with why?

Don’t be consumed by ‘what’ you think you should be doing, think about how your real lifestyle fits into the equation and make decisions based off of that. What small incremental changes can you start making now that will pay dividends later? Don’t try to do 5 things at once, pick a vital behavior or limiting factor and work on developing the skill to manage it effectively. Time is the single biggest excuse people make when it comes to exercise.

Review this article for methods.

Lastly, take action!

It’s fine and dandy to write about this kind of thing, but the reason I make more of an impact on people I work with on a regular basis than I probably do writing this blog is that the people I work with actually do the stuff I recommend doing.

I’m there to guide them along the way. If you don’t get involved with a community of people and take action, get involved here as a start.

An idea without execution, is merely an idea.

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