Sticking It Out

clockhands-300x219From Seth Godin’s blog post “The First Fifteen Minutes”

“Learning something new is frustrating. It involves being dumb on the way to being smart.”

And that’s really the problem, right? We don’t like feeling dumb, and we are too busy (or we think we are) to dig in long enough to figure it out. But what is the reward for sticking it out and putting in the work to be competent, or even excellent? I read the post as I was in the middle of trying to figure out how to use a piece of software. I had been wrestling with it for awhile and was about to throw my hands up and walk away. But I took a breath and dug in, and sure enough, I eventually (with help from support – more good use of leverage) got it working.

Here is Seth again:

“The problem with evaluating the first fifteen minutes of frustration is that we easily forget about the 5,000 minutes of leverage that frustration earns us if we stick it out.”

So what does that have to do with fat loss and eating well?

What if we spent that fifteen minutes writing out a meal plan and menu for the week? How much time does that save you the rest of your day and week? How much less stressed out will you be? How much more satisfied with yourself will you be?

It might take you more than fifteen minutes the first time, but that’s ok, because you will be that much better at it the next time.

Stick It Out.



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Coach Dean

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Alice DonnaSelva - January 18, 2016

A good reminder. I like the 5,000 minutes of leverage quote.

    Coach Dean - January 18, 2016

    It’s amazing how much time we can save if we are willing to slow down and invest a little too.

Coach Nancy - January 18, 2016

This is gold. Like you will strike it rich if you apply this to meal planning.

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