My problem with moderation.
You have heard it before. The saying:
“Everything in moderation.”
I have a big problem with that phrase. And I believe that you should too. I believe moderation is a weakness in our character that we should work to purge.
1. Moderation Or Validation
Moderation is avoiding the extremes of a situation. So when it comes to dieting, moderation will be used as an excuse to lighten up on the diet and enjoy that piece of pie.
Or what about training? Many people will use moderation as validation to only get active three days a week for maybe just an hour. And the rest of those days can be spent in front of the television. I mean we worked so hard yesterday during Zumba class…we deserve some down time and a bowl (carton) of ice cream, right? Because moderation.
2. Moderation Leads To Less Than Moderate Results
The problem with moderation is it leads to less than moderate results when it comes to your goals. If you have a vice that isn’t pushing you toward your goal, then it is pushing you away from it. And how many of us honestly want to move away from our goals?
Is your goal to lean out? Then technically, that piece of pie, laden with sugar and trans fat, is not pushing you toward being leaner. It’s taking you in the opposite direction. You are literally taking some of your hard work and erasing it in favor of a vice. Maybe you were good on your diet during the week? Why set yourself back even one day for something that will last you a few minutes? Is that night of going out and drinking really worth it in the long run? The alcohol’s effects will only last a day and you can go without your full 8 hours of sleep, right? Wrong. And even if so, why set yourself back? You want to achieve your goal. It is possible to run a marathon by taking two steps forward and one step back each time, but why?
What if you are training to increase your strength? Perhaps the purpose of your training is to build new abilities like a handstand. Or a one arm chin up. These tasks aren’t going to be accomplished by training 45 minutes for three days a week and then sitting on the couch watching TV for the rest while swallowing down pizza and doughnuts. That time spent sitting is setting you back. That sugar you are ingesting is slowing your recovery, inflaming your body, damaging your hormones and keeping you that much further from your goals. Imagine your goal as a mountain you must climb. The more grand the goal, the steeper the mountain. If you have to climb so high, why bother making it more difficult by adding a ball and chain (sugar and sitting) to your arms and legs? Your goal is already hard enough. There’s no reason to make it more difficult and if there is – “moderation” is not a good one.
3. Real Goals Mean Real Work
In my opinion, if your goal can be achieved with moderation, you should strive for more. As humans, we are capable of incredible things. That includes you. You are capable of incredible things. But first, you need to drop the ball and chain and stop taking one step back for every two steps further.
It’s time to purge yourself of that weakness of character. It’s time to rid yourself of moderation. Why? Because your goals are more important than your vices. But how?
Remove yourself from moderation
This means the people who continually pull you back down into it. A friend who knows your goal is to lean out or to achieve your highest levels of performance, but still encourages you to have a bite of pie or skip training is not a good friend at all. Surround yourself with people who push you toward your goals. Your goals should be high enough where you need support from others to reach them. If they are, you cannot afford to be dragged down. Surround yourself with good people.
Remove your vices, chains, and whatever causes you to take one step backward
If you are like me, you know you can’t have “just one bite” of any sort of junk food. Be honest with yourself. Moderation isn’t the key to your goal. It’s just setting you back. Get rid of the junk. Do you spend more hours in front of the television than you spend being active? Get rid of that too and see how much time you now have to accomplish your goal.
Become obsessed with your goals
If your goal is truly as grand as you want it to be, then moderately striving toward it will not get you there. Obsess about it. If you want to stand on one arm, you should be training day in and day out. If your goal is to be the best fighter in your weight class, then skipping training isn’t going to get you there. Get obsessed. Push yourself toward your goal daily. If your goal is simply to live a healthy life free of diabetes and other chronic diseases, then guess what? Cake and being sedentary isn’t going to get you there. It’s taking you the other direction. Get obsessed about your goals. After learning this concept from Ido Portal, I have achieved more than I did in all my years of moderate behavior.
Anti-moderation is a tough medicine to swallow. It’s worse than the cherry-flavored cough syrup and causes feelings to be damaged at times. But look deep within yourself. Are you really achieving? Is your training working? Are you reaching your goal? Or is moderation holding you back?
You are human. Which means you are capable of grand things. Don’t waste that on moderation. Go for your goals and leave the moderation for a moderate life.
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