It is funny how we can see what we want to see or even forget critical elements of a particular set of events or even our own behaviour.
It is well known in nutrition research that an individual’s memory is a very poor and unreliable reporting mechanism for calories consumed in a day. Now I don’t think we necessarily lie to ourselves on purpose but there is something in our brains that shuts out potentially relevant ‘bits’ of data. Police prosecutors see this phenomena in action from the incredible discrepancies between eye witness accounts of the same crime.
I think we all have blind spots or ‘ways of thinking’ that create shortcuts, that ease the burden of processing every little thing in our world. We often then bend and twist things to fit nicely in to our own pre existing perceptions. Needless to say, the way we see the world is not always the way it is. It is merely a ‘version’ and the sooner we realise that, the sooner we have a chance to make progress on things we thought we couldn’t. I think this tendency to under analyse ties in with Einsteins view that we only use a small percentage of our brains and therefore have a lot of untapped potential.
Well this weeks post is about opening our eyes and seeing things for how they are, not as we would like them to be. As coaches we aim to help people change and over come barriers. The only way for us to do this is to look at things that have actually happened and then the results of those happenings. If we don’t know what has taken place outside of someone’s time with us then we really have no chance to make educated decisions moving forward. This is why it is absolutely imperative that reality is recorded. We try to look at this information dispassionately as merely ‘feedback on results’. It is either a case of great plan poorly executed or a poor plan that needs changing. Usually it is the former!
If you are aiming to change anything about your life I strongly encourage you to keep a journal, an accurate account of what you do on a day to day basis. Often times there are clues which can be easily missed if that information is never put down and appraised. Be like a detective and make educated decisions based on quality information. If you do this you will soon be cutting a straighter line to the result you are looking for, be it weight loss, improved performance in an endurance event or recovery from a persistent injury.
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