When Planning Prevents Progress

After my workout this morning I sat outside to finish Stretch – Unlock the Power of Less & Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined. I had an hour before my chiropractor appointment and I try to make those most of those little windows of time.

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The book tells a crazy (and true) story about about a group of Hungarian soldiers who became lost in the Alps in the middle of winter.

After two days without word, everyone assumed they were dead. But they returned to their post on the 3rd day, unharmed.

People were shocked that they survived the elements without supplies or communication in the brutal weather.

When they were asked how they survived, one of the men pulled out an old, worn map. He said they used it to navigate home.

But here’s the thing: it wasn’t a map of the Alps. It was a map of the Pyrenees.

WTF? How can you explain that?

Here’s how: the value of the map didn’t come from it’s accuracy. The map was a catalyst for action.

The value of your plan doesn’t come from it’s accuracy. The value of your plan exists only in it’s ability to encourage you to ACT.

We set ourselves up for failure when we give in to inertia and stay where we are, brooding about uncertainty or lack of motivation.

We need to move. We need to go. We must act. We have to resist inertia and just take steps forward.

You will learn from your action.

Planning can stifle action. Preparing can prevent progress.

You don’t need an accurate map or a detailed plan. You just need to take action. Then do it again.

We learn from doing.

Speaking of doing…today’s workout was harder than I thought it would be.. It has been about 6 weeks since I’ve done any running and I could feel it. However, I talked myself through every stride and felt really proud of my effort.

“All Fours” 
AMRAP 4
400 Meter Run
27/20 Calorie Bike
Max Power Snatches (75/55)

rest 4 minutes

AMRAP 4
400 Meter Run
21/15 Calorie Bike
Max Power Snatches (95/65)

rest 4 minutes

AMRAP 4
400 Meter Run
15/10 Calorie Bike
Max Power Snatches (115/80)

Instead of power snatches I did power cleans since I’m trying to rest my shoulder. This workout definitely kicked my tail!

On the food front:

I’m getting into quite a rhythm with these cabbage salad bowls eh? Breakfast of champions after today’s workout! Raw shredded cabbage, 2 eggs, bacon and Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo.

And – can I tell you how freakin’ pumped I am to get the PK Mayo so much cheaper on Thrive Market!? Seriously! It’s $9.99 at Whole Foods. It’s $13.25 on Amazon and it’s only 7.45 on Thrive Market!! That blows my mind.

Plus, like I announced on episode 379 on the podcast, you can save even more on Thrive thanks to the sweet deal they’re giving Primal Potential fans.

If you go through the thrivemarket.com/primalpotential link, you’ll also get:

  • Free shipping on your first order
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Back to that Primal Kitchen Mayo though – I’m not even a mayo fan but I love this stuff! I use it as a dip for veggies, as a salad dressing and anytime I want to add flavor to meat or veggies. Seriously, it’s awesome.

Back to what I ate today.

Mid-day I had half an avocado with some canned salmon mixed with Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo (nope, they don’t pay me to say that, I just love the stuff).

Dinner was a different Chipotle – I headed over to Chipotle Mexican Grill and got a salad with grilled chicken, pico & guac.

Make your day yummy!


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