It has never been quicker or easier to find all the information there is to find on any given topic - and topics such as how to eat, how to move and how to feel better about life in general are certainly no exception!
But if you really look at it, how much good is all that information doing you?
Perhaps it's time to take a break from all of those blogs, posts and articles for a little while.
I mean, right after you've read this of course.
More, more, MORE.
We like more. More money, more experiences, more...everything. And definitely more information.
In fact, we often feel like we need more information before we can do anything at all. After all, the perfect diet/workout/whatever is out there somewhere right? So wouldn't it be kind of dumb to start just doing stuff without knowing all the right things to do?
We're smarter than that, thank you very much. Pass me another slice of pizza - it's research time!
If only it were that easy...
Thanks to the media, we know pretty much all there is to know about every diet, workout plan and "hack" going.
But are we better for it? Are we eating better? Moving better? Are we happier and more fulfilled than ever before?
I don't think we are.
Most of the people who ask me for advice on their health and fitness are more confused than ever - and even scared of missing some piece of crucial information or magic bullet that could be out there (the FOMO is real y'all!).
It's easy to understand why.
It's something I've experienced myself - especially when I started a business working with people on their health, fitness and wellbeing.
I mean, what if they asked me about a diet I hadn't heard of? Or had an old injury I wasn't familiar with? Or needed something, in some way, that I didn't know how to provide?
Luckily, a friend and mentor gave me some simple, yet incredibly powerful advice:
"You don't need to know everything to be successful."
That is some seriously powerful sh*t, right?
No matter where you're at right now, you probably don't need to know a whole lot of stuff to to get better.
After all, knowing more stuff doesn't actually make us better. Nor does having more choice. Often those things actually create distractions and prevent us from focusing on what we're actually trying to do.
You just need to do a little more than you're already doing. Consistently. Over time.
THAT is how we get better at things. Practice, practice and more practice.
Here are two tips to help you clear out the information clutter.
1. Set aside time to think about the role information plays in your life.
Take a moment (now is good) and think about all the different types of information you consume.
How does this information - or the time spent searching for it - influence your schedule, mindset, decisions, and habits?
And how does it stop you from taking action on what truly matters?
2. Figure out what you could do with the time you currently spend looking for information.
If you did choose to reduce the amount of time you spent “information gathering”, what would you add back in? What else could you do with that time?
Would you spend more time engaging with your family? Get an extra workout in? Finally do that meal prep stuff that coach Dorian has been banging on about?
Above all, be ok with not having all the answers.
You might find yourself worrying and wondering about what you're missing out on - and that might make you uncomfortable. That's ok, and perfectly normal. In fact, feeling a little uncomfortable is often a good sign that we are making meaningful change.
Set yourself a time period to try this out for - it could be a day, a week, a month. Whatever you're ready, willing and able to start off with. That way even when you do feel a desperate urge to check out what's going on, you'll know that you only have a certain amount of time left to resist.
Then again, there's always a chance you'll actually appreciate all that extra time, energy and focus.
There's only one way to find out.
Ready to lose weight, have more energy and feel all kinds of awesome?