When I first met Gavin, a nutritionist with which I first started working (which is a close friend now), I was obsessed with perfection.
Everything I did diet and training wise had to be perfect or as close to perfection, otherwise I couldn’t be mentally satisfied.
Because of the mentality I had back then, my perfectionist mindset negatively impacted my life.
Constant thoughts about how much grams I have left to eat of carbs, fats, calories, timing my next meal with a watch, etc. They were following me constantly.
One day as we were chatting over a cup of coffee, he asked me an interesting question:
“Flo, what’s your goal with all of this? What do you want to achieve?”
I said: “I want to learn more… I want to know more… I’m obsessed with knowledge… I want to be almost perfect to what I do… and after I learn more, I’ll be prepared to simplify everything and make it a lifestyle.”
He said: “Mate, if you are chasing perfection, you’ll throw all the energy you have on just that one thing, and you’ll miss the whole picture.”
And that felt like a hit in the back of my head. My heart started pumping more blood as my whole world felt the beginning of a new internal “earthquake”. He was questioning my world. My belief. The way I wanted to do things.
I didn’t know back then what he was trying to tell me but now I realize that’s exactly what I needed.
He said: “I used to do this when I was younger. Always seeking perfection. Always seeking “the best way”. But learn from my mistakes. If it’s a 7 out of 10, then you are good to go. If you make progress with 7 out of 10, then you are better off doing the 7 than chasing the 10, and making your life a rigid mess”.
He said: “You can do that right now… You already know enough… Just work with what you know, and take action. Simplify your diet and training right now.”
And at the moment he finished speaking, I was “boiling” inside. I wanted to question what he told me. I didn’t want to accept what he said.
But instead of responding right them on the spot. I just kept listening. And listening. And after a few minutes, my mind was calm again.
I was analyzing what he told me. And he made a point. I had to do something about my “perfectionist” mindset.
And I did. Since then, if I start doing something new, I learn a bit about it and start applying right away. I don’t wait to make it perfect from the first try. I don’t do that anymore. I know that I’ll get better in time.
It’s like everything else in life:
I made youtube videos that are not “perfect”. Some of them were badly focused, some of them lacked the audio clarity. Some of them were bad -> But taking it step by step, practicing, and improving after each video is more important than trying to first learn everything about video production, and not taking any action.
You won’t be perfect from the very first try in almost everything you do. But what’s more important than reaching perfection right away, is the process. Focus on the process, get it better in time, and the outcome will come.
With the Permanent Lean Body Transformation program, I want you to apply everything you learn, and apply it right away. Even if you don’t get it perfect from the first try, it doesn’t matter.
If today you are at a 7 out of 10, then you are better than yesterday. Tomorrow the number might be higher due to applying, analyzing, and improving the process.
- Don’t go after perfection with your micronutrition right away. That’s why I left some room for flexibility for the first 2 weeks. Target calories and protein intake first.
- Don’t search for the best looking, perfect looking gym/machines, join one that’s a 7 out of 10.
- Don’t worry if you missed a workout; you can do it the next day
In time… everything gets better if you put in the work.