Perfectionism can get in the way of accomplishing anything.
When I was growing up, a running theme throughout my schoolwork was procrastination. Projects would be completed the day before, essays would be written hurriedly and on top of the deadline, and each time it would drive my mother crazy.
Procrastination can look like avoidance, but is actually an expression of perfectionism. I was waiting for the perfect time to start ‘The Project’. I was waiting for the stars to align, waiting to feel alive with inspiration and energy and drive, and waiting for the work to flow like liquid gold ready for publishing immediately. Obviously…it doesn’t work out like that! On the mat or in the gym though, I didn’t procrastinate or delay. I understood that time spent at practice was time for experimentation, learning, adversity, and growth.
Perfectionism with health and fitness looks like this: “I have to get in shape before I go to CrossFit!…”
We know that there’s never a perfect time to start. Your body never feels 100% great like it did back in grade-school. And if you wait for the stars to align and for your motivation to be at an all time high before you do anything – you’re going to be waiting a long time.
Parkinson’s Law is the adage that ‘Work expands as to fill the time available for its completion’. The corollary to this law is that if you can delegate an hour a day to your health, fitness, and functional movement, it will be enough!
Health, fitness, and functional movement doesn’t happen in a day. It’s not a performance that you have to prepare for presentation, and the gym is not a presentation hall where you are graded. It’s a place for experimentation, learning, adversity, and growth.
It’s a work in progress.