This is a quicky coming from a conversation I had with a new client a couple of weeks ago. They were surprised how much they have improved in such a short time. They actually said, if they had known it was this easy, they would have done it a long time ago!
Being fit, strong and eating well is good. But they all take effort. And the old adage of
“You get out, what you put in”
is true. The more effort and sacrifice you put into your training and healthy eating, the better your results will be in the end.
But how good do you want to be? What are your honest goals and expectations? Are you aiming for:
- Just a bit better than I am at the moment.
- Best in my circle of friends.
- Best in the county.
- Best in the country.
- Best in the world.
The answer to that depends entirely on you. And it may (and probably will) change over time. No worries about that, that’s OK. But the goals you are aiming for will dictate the effort and sacrifice you will need to put in. If you want to be the best in the world, you will certainly need to put in years of hard, painful sacrifice. And every tiny thing needs to be spot on, or someone else will be that half a percent better and will beat you.
However, the people I deal with are not that demanding. They don’t want to be the best in the world. They just want to be better than they currently are. And while that certainly means they need to put some effort in to get there, they can usually be fairly relaxed about the picky little details. Just as long as they tick the major boxes, you can see some serious improvement!
Now, you may know by now, I love a good graph…so here is one showing the effort and sacrifice we need to put in, for the results we get out:
It shows that if you want maximum results, you have to put in maximum effort and sacrifice. This describes Olympic athletes etc. But it also shows that if we are happy with just “most” of the results, we only need to put in a fraction of the effort!
So while it is really, really bloody hard to be “the best”, it is quite easy to be “pretty good”.
Now, I don’t want you to go away from this thinking
“It’s OK, Cerin has just told me I don’t need to try any more”
Because I’m bloody not saying that (even though it is true that people can often hear what they want to hear, regardless of what you actually tell them).
What I am trying to say, is that if you are an absolute beginner, it really doesn’t take much effort for you to see real, significant results. And trust me, they will be well worth that little bit of effort! And of course, if you are in or around the Skipton area, feel free to contact me here and maybe I can help make it even easier still (because, in case you didn’t already know, I actually do this stuff for a living).