So you’ve applied yourself to making change (or are humming and hawing about whether it’s even worth it to make a change) and you’re here to figure out how to make the change stick long term.
If that’s you, you’re in the right place, because I’ve coached hundreds of people one on one over the last 10 years helping them do exactly that. Having observed the success of my clients, I have determined certain ingredients that, when cooked together, guarantee a delicious and nutritious stew we call “ongoing success” (and there are many ways to make a good stew, but here are the foundations!)Foundation 1: Effectiveness – Be sure that what you are doing is actually working.
Nobody wants to spend their time and effort making change only to find that they are not getting the results they want. If you’re seeing the results you want – skip this one and go to foundation 2. If you are looking for that effective approach, I have 2 things for you:
- The 30 Day Eat Smart Challenge: This free 30 day program will guide you to change your physiology: your digestion & metabolism will be fine-tuned to give you maximum energy in body & mind, while burning fat as a fuel source.
- The Principles of Effective Training: Stop wasting your time in your training and apply only the most effective practices to grow your Strength, Conditioning and Mobility; these are the 3 Pillars of Training
When you apply effort to effective habits, they produce results in a fast & noticeable way. Most people think it takes a lot of sheer will to make progress. While sheer will is required for the courage to start, once action is taken (given 2 weeks of application) it is your results that keep you focused and motivated.
Most modern programs are based not on fine-tuned science and results, but on unproven teachings led by individuals who have attained results in an area they are predisposed to succeed in – for example, the coach who has “always been fit” teaching a fitness class of “what I do to stay fit” – which is based only on their story. These programs will take many times the amount of time and effort necessary to achieve a standard result.
It is key to ensure you are applying a truly effective approach.Foundation 2: Efficiency – 80% of your results come from 20% of your effort. Determine and focus on that 20%.
In sawing a plank, there are two elements to efficiency:
- The skill behind the saw
- The sharpness of the saw
The skill behind the saw: The truth is that in anything you have achieved, four fifths of what you have achieved actually came from 1/5th of what you did to achieve that. Take, for example, the completion of a university course. 80% of your mark comes from a mix of the final exam mark and the final project mark, and 20% from your homework and quizzes. It’s easy to argue that the homework and quizzes helped you learn what was needed to do your final exam and final project, but it is also true that any time spent fussing over the homework and quiz study would give you at least 4 times more results if directly spent on the final project and final exam.
While there is some overlap, the key is to break free from the practices that provide limited results, and maximize the consistency and effort put into that small set of tasks that provide you the vast majority of your results. If you don’t know what those are, look at the 2 programs I offer above to find these out and apply them for yourself.
Sharpen the saw: With all things training and nutrition, we are 100% reliant on our body’s response to the things we do. Therefore, it is absolutely essential to ensure that we are maximizing the adaptation that comes from the practices we implement. In combination with effective sleep and fueling your body’s fat metabolism, one adaptogenic herb stands out above the rest in stoking the fire of your body’s processes. Revered through centuries of traditional use and finally coming out to western herbalism through recent clinical studies, Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia) Root optimizes the body’s own hormonal balance to minimize the effect of stress and maximize the result of everything you do to achieve optimal mental and physical performance. It’s proven both by the science and over 100 clients who have reported an incredible boost to their results and the motivation required to achieve them.Foundation 3: Enjoyment – Your own resistance is the only thing stopping you.
Have you ever seen a young boy resist mother’s command to clean their room? If the amount of effort put into emotional resistance was simply put into cleaning the room, that boy would very quickly achieve a relaxing environment, time to play games uninterrupted, and a happy mom. The only thing stopping that boy from having a blissful afternoon is simply letting go of resisting and hating the cleaning process and the realization that everything he wants is just around the corner.
Perhaps you’ve been that boy (or girl)! Take a lesson, and learn to embrace the discipline whole-heartedly. The truth is that the discomfort and pain of cleaning up the room is “all in your head”. So master your mind and get to doing the things that will allow you a life of satisfaction. Dive in, and make it happen! Your friends and family may gawk at you and call you strange or different to embrace such things. In this case, also embrace being a radical to them. Make it a part of your image and live up to that image every day. Have fun with it – soon you’ll be enjoying the very things that made you cringe in some chapter long-past. Nothing is more exciting that real change from deep down. Have fun!Can you relate to making this kind of change from within? Share your experience below and encourage others to do the same – I promise to reply to your comments! 🙂
As founder of Ivanco Fitness, my promise is to ensure your journey in fitness is unlocked and uplifted. It was the summer of 2012 and I was burnt out - I had spent over 10,000 hours personally training clients through rehabilitation to health, and from health to strength. Young and old and in between, I worked with these individuals to help them create their best version of themselves. While this brought me much joy, I was stressed, tired, and knew I was limited to only a small group of people I could help in this way. I had worked with other coaches along the way, and realized it was time to build a team and create a system that would allow talented coaches to create meaningful connections with those who seek to uplift their lives through physical training. Having brought the right people on board, Ivanco now works as a team of trainers, kinesiologists, holistic nutritionists and administrative staff to provide a more streamlined and versatile experience than an independent trainer could offer. Yours in health, Ivan.