Random Thoughts – Volume Three

by James Kerrison on October 26, 2010

1. “Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless, add what is uniquely your own.” Good advice from Bruce Lee. Take in lots of information and try to filter out what isn’t useful. Blend this with your own experience and knowledge and repeat the cycle.

2. A good program performed without consistency and intensity is worthless. A poor program done with consistency and a heap of effort is worth a lot. But when you get a good program and mix it with consistency and intensity, the results will be amazing. As Vince Lombardi said, “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary”

3. If your training is perfect, your eating is perfect, and your supplementation is perfect, and you still aren’t making progress, it’s time to look up perfect in the dictionary. (I’ll give you a hint though, perfect is 100%. Not 99.99% or anything less. Do you need to be perfect in all of these areas to get results, no. Give it a good 80% and you will get there sooner than you thought possible. But at least be honest with yourself.)

4. Even though food quality has arguably decreased over the years, regardless of pesticides, sugar levels etc, people who eat the most fruits and vegetables are healthier than those who eat the least. The obesity epidemic isn’t the net result of people eating too many apples and too much broccoli.

5. Have you ever got dumber from reading a book? I haven’t! Almost every book is worth reading and will improve your knowledge in some way. We have better access now to high quality information than ever before, let’s use some of it!

6. Training a body part once a week doesn’t make any sense to me. The body responds better to frequent usage. You don’t eat once a week, take all your supplements once a week, or train your heart once a week, so why treat the rest of your body any different?

7. 80% percent of your results come from 20% of your efforts. The Pareto principle is sited over and over again and when you look at your own results it is probably true. The skill required here though is to try and work out what your effective 20% is. With fat loss it is going to be your diet (eat more vegetables) and with your training it will be the ‘basics’ (squats, lunges, deadlifts, rows, pullups, pushups, dips).

8. Be real. Be true. It doesn’t really matter what other people think of you. What matters is what you think of you. Try and be a better person, no one is perfect and you shouldn’t try to be. Being better will do just fine.

9. Surround yourself with like minded people. You don’t have to know it all and you can’t expect to do it all by yourself. Having people close by that are going through the same things as you will have the same questions as you. They can help you and you can help them. Perfect world really!

10. Move more. When in doubt take a walk. Stand up when you are on the phone. Find excuses to get moving not excuses to stay still.

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