I’m in the group of people that struggle to leave the office at the end of the day with emails left in my inbox regardless of their importance. I came across the idea of leaving things undone and becoming comfortable with the idea that you can’t do everything in one day and we have to get used to the idea of being a work in progress.
We have to be willing and able to put the work in incrementally to achieve the ultimate goal, whether that be an outcome at work, a promotion or achieving a body that works for you, that you feel strong and capable in.
When we have a black and white approach of feeling that you have work left undone, we can transfer those feelings to other parts of our life.
The thought process of ‘In order for me to get stronger, fitter and healthier, I have to be in a different job, have loads of time, money and get to the gym 3-4 times a week’ will make the goal seem unattainable and you are potentially not going to start because it’s too much. Viewing this as a work in progress, makes this a more attainable goal.
Being less black and white with leaving work undone will translate into the way you treat your body, wellbeing and strength. Strength likes you to be consistent, it needs you to show up week after week. Even doing the smallest amount will translate later into an enormous improvement.
Over the years, putting in even the smallest of work consistently will achieve a body that is strong, have no pain and enable you to live the life that you want to live.
What can you do this week, no matter how small to contribute to making consistent progress and combat that black and white thinking?