A Brick A Day
Rafa Nadal, the 19 time tennis major champion, “the King of Clay”, knows a thing or two about creating a winning attitude.
I’m not sure if it was his quote originally, but I remember him saying
“Focus on improving yourself every day. Place one brick perfectly every day, soon you will have a wall.”
That stuck with me.
This is a winning approach, whether you’re building a house, or a great body, inside and out.
Behaviours = Outcomes
It’s the daily habits you practice over and over again which will ultimately determine the vision you create for your health and body.
If you’re building a house…your first job is to lay rock solid foundations – without these – you can’t hope to construct something that will last a lifetime.
The stronger the foundations, the more likely your house is going to stay standing regardless of the environment or climate.
Next, you get to build the walls up before turning your attention to the second floor and attic.
Finally, you get to put the roof on, the windows in and make it weatherproof.
Only then do you get to focus on decorating the inside and installing creature comforts.
Even once it’s “finished” your house still needs maintained and potentially refurbished from time to time.
However, if you are so keen to get “finished”, you can miss the (fulfilling, enriching) individual steps that are required to get you to where you want to be.
Transforming your body is no different.
It’s concentrating on these small, specific steps – taken daily – that will transform it and your life.
These steps may seem somewhat insignificant at the time, in isolation, but they all add up over days, weeks, months and years:
Each healthy, nutritious meal you prepare.
Each rep of each set of each workout.
Each sound sleep at night.
And many more…
They not only add up, they compound too.
In other words, you will build a much more robust house if you keep working on it and maintaining it
Showing up to lay a brick daily takes commitment and it’s rarely glamourous.
You’ll feel a growing sense of trust in yourself each day, when you take one step, one after the other.
Focusing on what you can do today, here and now, is all we have.
And is all we need.