Ever wondered why some people are able to achieve great things and see great results while many others simply give up?
It largely comes down to a simple philosophy called “The Dip.” I recently read a book by Seth Godin called “The Dip” and I had a BFO (blinding flash of the obvious).
Most people don’t even know when they’re in the dip so to them it just seems like they’re not getting anywhere – no wonder why they quit! It could be a new business, a new exercise regime, a job etc, let me explain….
In this diagram you’ll see that there is a period at the start of anything new where results are great and everything seems rosy. This could be due to the high amount of energy and enthusiasm you have towards the new thing – lets say an exercise program in this example. You might have some sore muscles but you’re getting great results and in the first week you’ve already noticed that you’ve dropped some weight….
This will last for varying amounts of time for different people….
Next comes the period of time where the novelty has worn off a little bit, the results might start to slow down and all of a sudden getting out of bed in the morning to go to bootcamp feels like really hard work. This is called the dip! This is where many people give up not knowing that the true exponential benefits of their training await them just a little bit further down the track!
Think of it this way – no one quits a marathon at the start or when the finish line is in sight. The vast majority of people give up in the middle somewhere – they’re stuck in the dip and can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.
You might have come to one of our bootcamp sessions and seen someone there and to you it might be almost inconceivable how fit they are – “how the heck did they get so fit?” you might ask. The answer is simple – they persevered through the dip and came out the other side!
The question that you need to ask yourself – “Is the short term pain of persevering worth the long term gain that those people experience?”
The first step is to recognise when you’re in the dip. When it seems like really hard work and you feel like you aren’t getting anywhere – that’s the dip!
Next you need to focus on your goal, not the present. If we use the marathon example again – focus on the next milestone rather than how much your legs hurt.
The other thing to consider when you find yourself in the dip is that you don’t need to get through it on your own. Get help! Just because you’re in the dip doesn’t mean you try and get out the other side as quickly as possible
Long story short there are certain things you definitely should quit E.g.: smoking, a bad relationship, a toxic job etc…. but just because you find yourself with some hard work ahead is no reason to give up. In fact it’s the very thing that makes it worthwhile! If being fit and healthy were easy then everyone would be fit and healthy and it wouldn’t be such a highly regarded thing anymore.
Live a life you can look back and be proud of – get through the dip!
Dedicated to your fitness success,