Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

by | Feb 1, 2022

Two schools of thought here:

  1. Take action once you feel ready and prepared to succeed
  2. Jump in head first before you’re “ready” and figure it out along the way

The latter nearly always produces a better process, but you need to be able to appreciate the value in it.

“Bite off more than you can chew and figure out how to chew it.”

Aaron Wagner – IG @aaronwags

I’ve had many people tell me they weren’t ready to commit to a training habit because:

  • They wanted things to calm down at work first
  • They wanted to “get things in order” first
  • They weren’t sure of the “best routine” so they needed to find that first

Calmness is nice.

Having things “in order” is a good goal.

Finding a routine that works for you is important.

But none of the above are good excuses.

Instead of justifying why you need to wait to commit to something great, the better (and of course harder) option is to pre-commit before you’re “ready” and then to figure it out as you work day-to-day on your process.

For over 10 years I have frustrated myself beyond belief trying to prepare for the “perfect” moment to start a particular pursuit or habit.

Almost every time, it was never a good idea.

The best success, happiness and fulfillment in my life has come from committing to the process of doing something consistently, and fine-tuning the details as I went.