We’ve all been there before.
We read a ton of books or articles on self-improvement. When it comes to dieting or training, I will admit I am guilty myself in overloading myself with information.
We read into the latest craze such as Carb-Backloading, IIFYM, or the Paleo diet. We read books and feel good about the discoveries we make about ground breaking nutrition information that only a select few know about.
We feel so good about this information that we start to spread this information to our friends and to people we hardly know on social media sites. We start to feel even better about ourselves. We start to feel like we know the secret to reaching our goals. We secretly feel that we are gurus who have the keys to unlock the greatest secrets in life.
Yet we still fail to reach our goals.
Why is that? Despite having a near unlimited amount of resources on the internet, many people still fail to reach their goals. Whether it is in fat loss, building muscle, or simply breaking old habits we still fail to reach our goals. If reaching goals were as easy as more information, then anyone with an internet connection would be jacked and tan billionaires.
Fear of Failure Can Lead to Information Overload
The fear of failure is what prevents us from actually doing something to accomplish a vision or a goal. The fear of failure is very real. It’s why books on dieting still continue to sell because people feel good from reading a couple of pages from their brand new diet book…Only to never read the entire book and/or never actually perform what the books instructs (100% ALL the way).
Humans are interesting. A good chunk of the human population worry so much about getting perfect results that this worry actually prevents them from actually committing all the way through!
So we read books and seek more information. It is no surprise that the internet or the information age has naturally come. We as humans love information! As a matter of fact, I would not be surprised if the study I read about regarding the insane amount of time we as humans spend on social media (hence more information overload about things we don’t even need to know about) is actually true for the majority of people. (~3 hours or more spent on social media per individual. Source: http://www.marketingcharts.com/online/social-networking-eats-up-3-hours-per-day-for-the-average-american-user-26049/)
Paralysis by Analysis
We get paralyzed by analyzing way too much information. Sometimes we just need to do the damn thing and enjoy the daily process (discussed in the article here). If you don’t like the results, change the process after giving the current process a considerable amount of time. 1 week doesn’t count. I tried intermittent fasting for 2 years back in 2010 and I liked the process and the results. TWO years. Not two weeks, but two freaking years. I lost significant weight and my abs were showing. This is why I am back on intermittent fasting today. From a lengthy experience, intermittent fasting allowed me to eat less calories throughout the day without any issue (such as hunger pains or feeling unsatisfied with my diet). I will discuss my past and current experience with intermittent fasting in more detail later.
Start Doing. Narrow Your Path
Stop focusing on the many diets out there. Focus on the principles (such as calories DO matter) and commit to sticking with a plan (I will write a future article on principles that every diet ad training plan must adhere to in order for results to come). Adjust as the months come by. We won’t get perfect results our first run through. But that’s the whole point of even trying the first time and carrying through! In fact, we’re all a bunch of noobs when we try something we still aren’t good at yet. But if we keep picking at a goal, we get better at it with time and experience. Experience only comes when you really try hard at something and commit to it. With that experience, things become easier and we now realize that had we only focused on the initial game plan (diet and training routine), our hard work will only then show itself in the form of actual results. Narrow your path and don’t look back. Everything else (new diet plans and training routines) is just a distraction.