There's a shift going on.
We've been looking for ways to do things well. And to do them quick.
That's where the tension comes in. Things that come quick are hardly done well. We know this.
And yet we've been taking short cuts. We've been allured by the "30 pounds in 30 days" headlines. We've been unknowingly obsessed with the fast and easy route.
We are figuring it out, and it's about time.
The good stuff: building quality muscle, getting lean, making a habit really stick, it all takes real effort over a length of time. We are figuring out that the opposite of the shortcut is the answer.
It's the slow road that builds something truly great. It's going to take time, but more time isn't necessarily the answer. There has to be a balance.
So instead of trying to lose X amount of weight in a month, try this: build a system you can sustain for years. Go to the gym three times per week for 20 minutes. Like it? Go a little more. But don't set a goal a mile high that you won't be able to keep.
It's systems approach vs a goal approach. A goal is the endpoint. A system will get you there.
Have a SMART goal.
Build a system that's yours.
and play the long game.