There is no real “destination”, hopefully it’s a trail you will keep walking for the rest of your life.
Like most people I tend to focus on outcomes, rather than process.
I found these words of wisdom from tennis great Arthur Ashe recently and I wanted to share them.
“Success is a journey, not a destination The doing is usually more important than the outcome. Not everyone can be #1.”
~ Arthur Ashe
It makes me crazy that the fitness industry (particularly in social media) presents us with images of incredibly fit and shredded athletes, directly or indirectly conveying the message that we should all aspire to the same level or outcome. We are creating a culture that celebrates six pack abs and max lifts more than working towards improving our fitness and quality of life. I get caught up in this mentality myself, focusing on my race results or goals instead of enjoying the process of training and getting healthier.
Too often the result of this “outcome” perspective is “throwing in the towel”. Sad. Having goals is vital, chose them carefully. If you are consistently applying yourself, you will get results. Celebrate them! Be proud of the fact that you are working hard today to create a better you. A six pack or broader shoulders is very unlikely to make you happier.
My wife is currently reading The Power of Now, the main message of which is to be engaged and present in this moment, not the past or the future.
Enjoy you training, be engaged and give it your best. That’s reward enough!