You’re not going to solve a big struggle by focusing on the small details. Yes, details matter, but they are the 80% of things people usually focus their time and energy on that net them just 20% of their results.
Details are sexy. They are usually new and exciting ideas and possibilities. Many times they are easy to implement. They give you hope that you have the answer to your lifelong struggle. But again, details don’t solve struggles – they keep you engaged with them.
On the other hand, the fundamentals feel boring. They require deep work – many times requiring you to dig into your mind to understand the issue.
This psychological work makes some people feel like they aren’t actually doing anything. They want something more tangible to follow – how much and what to eat (a meal plan) and what exactly to do for exercise (a workout program).
Yes these things are useful, but if you can’t consistently implement these behaviors for a lifetime then true change never occurs. Your weight cycles for a lifetime and you remain stuck in the struggle.
So what are the core fundamentals?
I like to focus on 4 key relationships – food, body, exercise, and mind. Within each of those 4 relationships you will find potential struggles you are experiencing that must be addressed. The only way out is through.
Relearn HOW to eat – not just what and how many calories.
Rediscover the joy in physical activity – not just using exercise as a tool for body manipulation.
Untie your physical body from your body image, instead of letting it negatively influence your life experience.
Moderation, the weekday/weekend cycle, emotional eating, mindful exercise, managing stress and recovery, and creating an abundance mindset.
The above are just a few of the big problems people experience yet tend to avoid working on in favor of simpler details. But anyone who has truly experienced transformation has faced these struggles head on.
So get the fundamentals right. Save your energy for the things that matter. These are the things that change you.