I like to wander through the shelves of bookstores and leaf through new or popular books. A few days ago, when I went to buy a laptop at FNAC, I found a book by Greg McKeown, Essentialism: Do Less, but Do Better, which I started looking through.
For a few years I considered myself a minimalist, but I didn’t know essentialism. As far as I understand, I would say that this is an exception-based system . Remove the excess, leave only the most necessary. According to supporters of this movement, the decision to do less leads to much more.
I fully agree with this view of things, which is applicable to all areas of our lives.
One of the first steps in this method is to determine its FIRST INTENTION : it must be inspiring, concrete, meaningful, and measurable. With the right choice, it informs you about all the following decisions.
It should be a meaningful and easy-to-remember intention.
This definition of intent applies to our definition of sports goals!
And I know what I’m talking about … Over the years, I’ve spent time trying new things and setting a million different goals. The worst part was that I was sure I could do it all at once.
What a mistake …
In the end, I did a little bit of everything, but nothing “good”. So, of course, trying new things and doing a little bit of everything can be an end in itself. Only it’s not mine. I needed to be able to measure my progress and be sure that I had achieved something.
This is where the exclusion system comes in: essentialism is not how you can always do more. Rather, it is about doing the right thing. He consciously chooses the best investment of our time and energy to act appropriately in what is truly important.
The summer holidays are not over yet, but I can already see the beginning of a new school year with traditional new solutions. So yes, going back to school is a time for change: starting a new sports activity, promising to change your eating habits, etc. I know that during this period the motivation is maximum, you want to do everything, change everything. And that’s great. Except that, as a rule, you break up wanting to do too much, which is unacceptable over time, and when the motivation runs out, you get the impression that you have not made progress, and you give up … resolutions!
I invite you to take advantage of the summer to ask yourself the right questions. What’s really important to you? If you had only one goal, what would you choose?
“Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing to add, but when there is nothing to remove»
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
MY IMPORTANT INTENTION
For my part, this introspection helped me realize that physical results aren’t as important to me as I thought. Especially the level I had in mind is the sacrifices I wasn’t prepared for.
When this mourning was over, I was able to determine my main intention in sports and food: it’s good to grow old !
All my decisions follow naturally from this motivating goal:
– Strength training because it is the most effective sport for fighting muscle wasting and bone loss. Even more so when you are a woman!
– Athletic strength to stay strong and autonomous for as long as possible.
– Competition to make sure I continue to progress.
– Work mobility / flexibility sufficient for my needs sports (what’s the point of wanting to be as flexible as a gymnast if in the end I don’t need it?).
– Appropriate Diet: Calorie control and protein intake (protein requirement increases with age) to control your body composition. Because a “solid” body is just the perfect ratio between fat mass and muscle mass!
– An antioxidant-rich diet, since it is ultimately important to slow down the oxidation of the body cells.
– Several different cosmetics and beauty products, but only quality (almost 100% natural products).
– Food supplements, which, in my opinion, have the best price / quality ratio.
– Pareto’s Law of Food Choices: 80% raw food and 20% processed food. For a balance between optimal health and social life.
CHOOSE YOUR OWN INTENTION
If you give up your choice, you give others a choice for you.
Only after you allow yourself to stop wanting to do everything to say yes to everyone, can you direct your contribution to what really matters.
Find what really matters to you. If sports are important to you, don’t wait until you have time, and take it!