Judging vs. Measuring

Check out this quote; I think it’s really relevant for people who want to lose weight and/or improve their fitness level…
 
“There is a huge difference between judging your progress, which is demotivating, and measuring your progress, which is motivating. Judgement just produces the desire to not be judged.  It’s a defensive reaction.  Measurement, on the other hand, produces a motivation to exceed your previous measurements.  It’s an expansive reaction.  Through measurement, you can draw lessons from the difference between what you did yesterday, what you’re doing today, and what you can do tomorrow.”  – Dan Sullivan
 
It’s very easy to go down a negative path when you judge your progress…
 
I actually see this all the time as a fitness coach, especially when people judge themselves against others and/or judge themselves against unrealistic standards.
 
I saw this become a huge problem when The Biggest Loser was really popular on TV…
 
Viewers would see contestants achieve these ENORMOUS weekly weight losses, not realizing that…
 

  1. Contestants were being starved and forced to exercise for several hours per day like it was their full-time job, and…
  2. One week on TV isn’t one week in real life.  In fact, sometimes one week on TV was actually three weeks in real life!!

 
It’s no wonder people get demotivated when they “only lose a couple pounds” a week.
 
At The Transformation Club, we have our 6-week 20-pound Challenge…  Well, if you thought The Biggest Loser was realistic you’d think you should accomplish that in a week or two!!  CRAZY TALK!!
 
Now, if we flip the switch from “judging progress” to “measuring progress” everything changes…
 
For example, if you’re trying to lose weight and you focus on measuring your progress you will look at each weigh-in as a learning experience and make appropriate adjustments (which may mean doing nothing differently) as you go.
 
Then, as you work the plan and make your adjustments you will continue to see improvements and continue to progress towards your ultimate goal…
 
By the way, this reminds me of Earl Nightingale’s definition of success:
 

Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.

 
Basically, if you’re moving towards your goal you’re successful…
 
Now, that’s motivating!
Justin Yule,
BS, CPT, MTE, FMSC
President and Chief Transformation Officer
The Transformation Club
 

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About the Author:

Husband. Dog Dad. Author. Coach. Entrepreneur. Transformation Specialist. Justin Yule is the founder, president, and chief transformation officer of The Transformation Club. In addition, he serves fitness professionals worldwide as a business coach and subject-matter expert. Justin is the co-author of the best-selling book, The Transformation Book, as well as the author of the fictional tale, The Transformation Path. He is also the co-host of The Transformation Show podcast. Justin has a bachelor of science degree in physical education with a concentration in adult fitness and holds multiple specialty training certifications in fitness. He has been educating, motivating, and inspiring clients to become the best version of themselves since 1997.

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