After realizing that your health and fitness goals is a moving object that has the wingspan of a condor and the flight pattern of a bumblebee, you may know when you’ve reached it, but what do you do when you get there?
I could easily suggest you to just keep doing what got you there which would be sound advice. Only thing is, that advice expires just like your goals. I’ve heard the saying that, “Potential has a shelf-life,” I would add to that, so does success.
If Michael Jackson recorded the same music he did when we was with the Jackson Five, the same sound and melodies, then people probably wouldn’t listen to him in the eighties when pop music exploded. Instead, Michael adapted, signed with a new label, worked with different producers and writers and now he stands as one of the most prolific entertainers ever.
To serve a spoonful of humble pie, not many of us will achieve that level of success, but the point is that when we adapt to whichever level we reach, we have a critical choice to make: Grow with the flow, or plateau.
In my case, and in the case of many of my clients, we reach a level of health that see fewer days of common colds and ailments, fewer injuries, and more days of vitality. One major part of adapting to it is taking what we’ve learned and constantly applying it along with other improvements.
Every lesson learned in elementary school (both academically and socially) was applied and carried onto middle school, then high school. Every lesson I’ve learned with Sickle Cell disease I’ve carried along up to this point in my life where I can know how to maintain my best health. So each lift, each rep and each time we apply ourselves, we can do it more efficiently than before creating room for more tools to learn and use.
Some areas aren’t as easy to adapt to as others. Have you ever enrolled in a class that was just knocking you down every round, even leading you to question having to drop it for fear of failing? I remember failing a certification exam that a former employer just knew I would master, but it was a subject I had little to no knowledge on and I had one day to learn it and I came up short.
Things changed the second time around; I adapted. After that, it became a matter of applying that information accurately and on the job which was yet another level to adapt to. In other words, the start can be shaky, yet momentum becomes the ultimate enabler.
Each time I shop at the market for groceries, each time I train, compete or evaluate my income streams, I am becoming more efficient and precise in my decisions. As I grow in those areas, I may be at another level where I’ll be learning new ways to improve on them. That process (as far as I know) will never cease.
Even when we reach new levels, we realize that we’re only at the bottom of that new level. From there, we can rest on the bench because we made the team, or we can become the star that we need to be in order to secure success and climb to greater heights.
If you don’t think that you can get better at whatever you’re doing, or whatever you want to do, then you won’t! But if you think it’s even possible to do a little bit better, then that little belief, if only a water drop, can turn into a waterfall of transformed changes in your life.
How? Get better and get better at getting better. How you got here is not just going to require the same skills to get further, it’s gonna take those skills at their best and more. Challenge yourself to trying new things and being uncomfortable to see if you can breakthrough; you might find yourself at an even higher level than you thought.