Elevate Yourself Above the Battlefield: A Solution to Perpetual Mediocrity
By: Andrew McDermot Comments 2
Success isn’t about avoiding failure.
It’s about how fast you can come back from failure
“Falling off the wagon” is one of the biggest obstacles standing in your way to achieve your health and fitness goals.
Because when you get injured and can’t squat for months do you figure out a way to still hit your lower body or do you skip leg day for months?
When one drink turns into a nightlong binge of beers and Chipotle do you go full damage control the next day or do you crush a Denny’s Grand Slam out of self-loathing?
When you stay up too late watching Game of Thrones do you hit the snooze button or do you drag yourself out of bed because your future is more important than a few extra hours of sleep?
The decisions you make in these moments are the ones that will determine whether you transcend into something greater…
Of if you fall into a perpetual cycle of mediocrity.
To conquer these pivotal moments of adversity you must first realize they are inevitable.
You’re going to miss workouts, you’re going to binge on holidays, and you’re going to have days where life’s stress makes going to the gym unbearable.
Accepting this as an inevitability has a counter-intuitive effect.
It actually creates a sort of twisted peace of mind.
Because when shit does hit the fan, instead of a crippling panic creating a chain reaction of bad choices….
You’ve learned to expect adversity and you have a plan to deal with it.
Don’t let one battle cost you the entire war.
In The 33 Strategies of War, one of author Robert Greene’s six fundamental ideals to transform yourself into a strategic warrior of life is to Elevate Yourself Above the Battlefield.
He writes, “ In war, strategy is the art of commanding the entire military operation. Tactics, on the other hand is the skill of forming up the army for battle itself and dealing with the immediate needs of the battlefield.”
For example, if your goal is to lose weight, then your strategy involves dieting in a caloric deficient combined with an effective training program.
The tactics you use could be the type of training like HIIT, 5/3/1 Powerlifting program.
Or the type of diet you choose such as a keto or a slow carb.
Where you fall into this cycle of perpetual mediocrity is confusing your failure to execute your tactics with an execution of strategy.
Your plan to lose weight is the right one, you just didn’t stick to your tactics.
When you confuse strategy and tactics you tend to freak out and think the whole system is failing you, leading down that rabbit hole of bad choices and habits.
What you need to do in these moments of tactical failure is take a step back.
Going back to Greene, “ To have the power that only strategy can bring, you must be able to elevate yourself above the battlefield, to focus on your long term objectives, to craft an entire campaign, to get out of the reactive mode that so many battles in life lock you into. “
So the next time you slip up, don’t panic and think you’ve failed your mission.
Take a big picture view of the situation and realize you’ve simply taken a small step backwards that can be can be easily fixed.
But you must act quickly, speed is the key factor here.
Review your strategy, then immediately begin executing the right tactics again.
One night of binge drinking, one missed workout, one cheat meal isn’t going to ruin months and years where 95% of the time you’ve followed a healthy diet and effective training program.
We would love to know some of your toughest set backs and how you’ve overcome them by leaving a comment in the comment section below.
Fitness is Freedom,