This resolution isn’t new. The first time I read about it on my favourite fitness blog NerdFitness (link here) and followed it, it changed how I looked at life.
It is “Focus on the process. Results will come. The journey is longer than a few weeks and months. Think long term“.
Let’s delve in detail.
The process is always more important. Results will be good or bad but learning to follow the process by being consistent and doing the right things will stay forever. Being results oriented, at the gym and in life, is a definite way towards frustration. There have been days, weeks and months when I couldn’t understand why life is being so difficult. Why do I have to struggle more than other people around me? Why me? But when I think about it on a long term basis, it’s the right thing to do. I have to do this and be here at some stage in my career and I’d rather do it now than later.
The results will come. They always do. They always have. When I workout regularly and eat right, I get fitter. Maybe not as fast as I want to be, but I get better each day. At my fittest, I would just pretend like I was a fitness trainer and had abs. I would ask myself “Would I eat this if I had abs? No. So, why am I eating it now?”. This trick really, really helped. Sometimes you have to imagine you are already where you want to be and make decisions accordingly. At work I ask myself, “What kind of a leader do I want to be in the future? Someone who is autocratic and a dictator or someone who gives the team space to grow and make mistakes”. Everything becomes easy and falls into place when I think long term. If I need to build a career in sales, of course I need to have experience in a senior role in two locations, if not more. And which better city than Mumbai where am surrounded by people ready to catch me when I fall. This makes sense in the long term and gives me an invaluable edge.
The journey is longer than a few weeks and months. Think of it in years. It has been 4 years since fitness became a huge part of my life. 4 years back I wouldn’t have thought of it like that. My goal was weight loss. I would have lost weight, quit the gym, gained weight, come back, lost, gained, over and over again. But what a wonderful journey it has been. This is the only thing that has kept me sane and positive through toughest of times. I have the energy of a thousand devils and despite my dry exterior at work, there is an enthusiasm I bring to the table which is built at the gym.
So, follow the process. It is the only important and constant in life. Results come and go. The process gives me the skills to deal with good days and bad.