Don't do what you love

Good morning.

This comes from Cal Newport's book, So Good They Can't Ignore You.

Don’t do what you love, learn to love what you do.

Exercise will rarely be fun.

There are times it will be enjoyable.

And it will often be rewarding.

But most of the time it will be hard.

80% of the time you won’t want to get started, despite knowing that 100% of the time you feel better for doing it.

But that doesn’t change the fact that it will never be the most exciting part of your life.

The key to learning to love exercise is to look what it can do for you.

The health benefits are obvious and easy, but what about the confidence it builds in your own abilities?

The requirement absolute for focus, that is a rare commodity - and opportunity - these days.

Exercise also rewards you for exactly what you do.

There is no boss who doesn’t see it, no colleague who tries to take credit.

If you push yourself a bit harder than you have before, you will get better.

It’s a simple and fair formula.

Not that it ever feels easy.

I can’t tell you how many clients in the gym would say “I still find these sessions so hard - I thought I was getting fitter”.

They have.

But every time they came into the gym, we ramped things up a little bit more.

An extra two reps here, an extra set there.

Slowly, and seemingly unnoticeably, the volume increases.

Adding two reps to a set of six, or a fourth set to a set of three, are both 33% increases in volume.

But what remains constant is that it’s always hard, or at least never easy.

I never like to talk up the increases until after they were done, because I’d much rather someone think 'this is similar to last week' vs 'this is going to be harder than I’ve ever done'.

Last week is familiar and somewhat comfortable, 'never done before' is not.

Tom Fitzgerald