During our last phone call prior to her first Ironman, I asked Marnie, my client to share with me her biggest take-away in her Ironman journey. She restated to me something I’d told her when she first decided to race Ironman; that all the training, the nutrition, the recovery, the strength training, was all part of the process of becoming an Ironman. Marnie had realized that becoming Ironman isn’t an outcome, it’s a process.
This process-based approach was helpful for Marnie to remember during her training. It was the process of enduring thousands of training hours, in step by step succession, that made her an Ironman. And while hearing the words “You are an Ironman” signal the end of that journey, the entire process is what got her there.
In the same way, a process-based approach can set us up for success in all fitness ventures, whether that be a race goal or a weight-loss one. So many times, we take the opposite approach in fitness- we look to lose 20 pounds by a certain date, no matter what the cost. Or, we focus all our energies around being on the podium for a particular event. Or maybe our goals in the weight room revolve around the ever popular question, “ How much can you bench?”
While these goals in and of themselves may not be necessarily bad, if we focus our energies around the outcome, and not the process, we can wind up making poor fitness decisions and not achieve our desired results. However, with a process- based approach, we can better manage our efforts. Here are three of my favorites benefits to taking this approach:
So, whatever your fitness goals, take a process-driven approach to achieving them. In the end, you’ll be better equipped to set manageable expectations, have a more productive focus, and minimize energy wasted on things outside of your control. Whether you’re racing an Ironman, running your first 5k, or just trying to drop a few pounds, success is found in the process, not the outcome. Not sure if that’s the case? Just ask Marnie.