Last week I wrote an article about knowing what to do, and how much people waste time trying to get information on a very micro level. They’re searching for the straightest road to success.
They’re constantly in search for that one thing that’s going to make all the difference when in reality there’s a lot of things that factor into getting results.
As an online fitness coach and I’ve worked with hundreds of people on their health and fitness goals. I, like many others in my field, would like to say that I know what I’m doing and that I have the answer.
However, this comes with a grain of salt. I don’t always have THE answer first try, but I do have many ways to find the answer.
Let me explain:
Like my last article, when we are searching for micro level answers like “the best exercise” or “the best food” for some specific outcome, we have a very limited vision. We are only focused on one thing and we want one answer. We are trying to find the straight road to success. The linear path.
Sadly, there are plenty of people in my industry that are offering their program as THE answer and THE path.
This is probably because what they’re selling worked for them. They found an exercise, food, routine, habit, schedule, etc that works for them.
And in truth it does or did work!
They found a path. One.
The question is whether or not that path will work for you.
So, when I say I know what I’m doing, and even if I say I have the answers, what I actually mean is that I have a really good idea of what I’m doing. It’s a very well educated guess that comes from years of experience and hundreds of clients testing different methods. Testing different paths.
I like to think of it like a nature guide, mechanic or computer repairman.
You hire a nature guide because they know where to go. They know the path and they’ve traveled it before. However, in nature unexpected things happen. There’s avalanches, floods, fires, rockslides and wild animals. The real value in the guide isn’t that they know the one path to get you where you want to go, it’s that they know many paths and can navigate the obstacles that come up.
The mechanics and computer repair men are similar in that they have a deep understanding of how their products work. If it’s not working, they are ready to navigate the obstacles. They have the skills to troubleshoot by looking at many different aspects and finding the area the needs to be addressed.
All of these people know how to do this because of years of experience, study and trial and error.
NONE of them know the perfect answer when they start.
They will probably be close, but what’s most important is from there they have many options and paths.
They will use education, trial and error, and experience to reach their goals.
They will navigate the obstacles and find the straightest road to success.
The great thing is you too have the ability to use trial and error to find your path. You can jump into the wild and figure it out. It will have many setback and struggles, but if you keep pushing you’ll find a way.
The key is that whether it’s on your own, or with support and guidance, there is always a way to reach your goal. However, it won’t be straight and it there’s no one or perfect answer. It will take trial and error.
My conclusion is very similar to last week:
Don’t waste time trying to find the perfect answer or one path, it doesn’t exist.
No one thing is going to work for everyone. And even if it does work for you, it usually won’t keep working forever.
There is no straight road to success, but an experienced coach will help you find the straightest.