According to wikipedia: when the fear of potential error outweighs the realistic expectation or potential value of success, and this imbalance results in suppressed decision-making in an unconscious effort to preserve existing options.
Today was the second time in a little over a week I’ve heard Rich Roll reference this phrase. The first time I heard it I knew it was me. I tend to buy stuff to get rolling on a new project or lifestyle or event but then end up doing basically nothing else until the idea fades away and I’m left with a lot of stuff.
I can apply this to drinking as well, I have purchased a plethora of e-books and audiobooks and I’ve borrowed some as well. I’ve even considered taking Annie Grace’s Intensive program which costs $900, or Craig Beck’s program that runs between $500 and $5000 (no! I have drawn that line), joining Cafe RE for like $15 a month and I know there are others I’ve considered but decided against it. I’m still stuck, I still fight it almost every day and sometimes I just give in because it’s easier I guess, and apparently I’m still fooled into thinking that it offers me something. I have a whole lot of knowledge, the big test is applying it. I’m still working on it and that’s a positive.
Today’s Rich Roll podcast featured Josh LaJaunie who lost over 200 pounds by basically changing his life completely. A self-proclaimed bayou boy, he grew up in a culture of fried food, fishing, hunting, drinking and football. He says changing his lifestyle was difficult because it flew in the face of his heritage, it’s an insult not to eat the uncle’s delicious fried fish.
So much about him is an inspiration, not just because he lost so much weight and became an athlete (marathon and ultra-marathon runner, winning one ultra) but the theories behind the change. There were a bunch of idioms to describe the purposeful changing of habits or how the growth mindset works. Majoring in the minors, where you worry about all the tiny minute details like arsenic in your rice or glyphosate in your oats but you ate fried chicken or pizza last night. Annie Grace has a great analogy about that as well; it’s like worrying about the chemicals that might possibly leach from the bottle that holds your water while sitting at a bar drinking what Craig Beck calls “attractively packaged poison”. I think that’s what people (I) use in the analysis paralysis,… “well I can’t do that cause I can’t get past this tiny, little thing”, instead of worrying about perfection let’s try some progress!
It’s about doing something on purpose that’s different because we want different outcomes and we understand we have the power to manifest those. -Josh LaJaunie
It’s a growth mindset. Identify the low-hanging fruit, just stop eating pizza right now, it’s about the purposeful habit change, love yourself enough to perpetually creep forward.
Consistency over intensity, don’t let one or several setbacks totally derail the progress you’ve made. It’s much easier to get back to where you were when you’ve adopted the growth mindset, don’t shame yourself, look forward, what’s the next best thing, don’t allow the momentum to lose it’s acceleration.
All of these ideas can be applied to just about anything you want to achieve. I need to remember that.
For more inspiration listen to the Rich Roll podcast.