I know it’s obvious but I want to discuss the difference between a telescope and a microscope…
A telescope sees things far away and a microscope sees things very close up. In our training and fitness journey we need to use both, but not focus too much on one or the other.
What do I mean by this?
When we use a telescope are looking at the end goal in mind. This can cause one of two reactions. It can be motivating, knowing where we want to go and what we want to achieve, but it can also be demotivating and daunting if we have a long way to get there. The key is to use the telescope to motivate you. Understand that you’re looking at an end result and it’s a process to get there but every day you’re moving closer towards that goal. That’s the proper use of a telescope. Where it’s not useful is when we use it to become demotivated in ourselves. We look at how far we have to go and how much work needs to be done and it becomes daunting and overwhelming.
Which brings us to the microscope….
The microscope should also be used regularly. Understanding that when we accomplish small things in the now it leads to the end result. For example, we have a large amount of body fat and we lost half an inch on our arms in 6 weeks. That’s fantastic progress and should be celebrated. When we started we couldn’t run 50 meters, now we ran 200m without stopping. Again fantastic progress. The microscope is critically important in understanding the bigger picture. There’s also draw backs here, when all we do is focus on what we’re doing now, up close, it can be frustrating because we lose sight of the big picture.
That’s why it’s important to use both. I recommend two things:
1) Create a vision board. Put some pictures up of what you want to achieve long term. Use this to motivate you. Also put on there some long term goals to read daily.
2) Create a gratitude journal. Every day before you go to sleep write down 3 things you’re grateful for that happened that day. If you want to make them fitness related cool, but this is helpful in all areas of your life.
If you do those two things you’ll be tremendously more successful