“Find out who you are, and do it on purpose.”
Time is an invaluable resource, it is energy and it is currency. New parents know this better than anyone. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of theories on how to best optimize your time to be a more productive worker and to live a well balanced life. What does balance actually mean? Sure, balance can mean doing a variety of things, to keep your life “fresh” and new, but at a certain point, there’s enough internal data and experience to choose what works for you, and you can optimize for a particular routine. Does it mean you have to shut down your ability to try new things? Absolutely not. Consistency means knowing what works for you, and, if something stops working, then you should trust your instinct to recalibrate when necessary.
In couples, each partner typically has a specific sleep pattern, where one person could be a night owl and the other person is an early bird. A circadian rhythm difference can cause conflict, unless each partner has the self awareness to know their own biological patterns likely aren’t going to change. It requires the respect and understanding from each partner to value the other person’s needs, while remaining aware and respectful of their own individual needs. Trying to stay awake late at night when you are built to go to bed at 9pm might be a fun variability for a while, but in the end you’ll likely end up cranky and sleep deprived. Is the variability worth it? Definitely not long term. It’s important to know your strengths, and your limits.
Self awareness is key to creating healthy relationships – not only with a partner, but also a relationship with yourself and how you choose to spend your time. On one hand, you want to go with the flow, mix things up, and let your hair blow in the wind. On the other hand, instead of the world happening to you, you want to create the flow, bake the cake, and comb your hair. There’s power in both states of being. Take your workouts for instance – many of our clients start out by trying different studios until they find one which works for them. The important part is to pay attention to what is actually working for you, and to be self aware of the preference for how and when you want to work out; If you can make that choice, you can start to create consistency and flow in the way you spend your time (not to mention getting the results you want).
Being great at something requires 10,000 hours of practice. If you want to truly see what a workout has to offer, make the choice to commit to something you see the value in. Your dollars are energy, so don’t waste them on something that doesn’t bring out the best in you. Whether it’s a strength training session, a dance class, or a CORE40 class, the most important factor in choosing a workout is how it makes you feel with regular practice – challenged, euphoric, confident. Pay attention to those feelings and make those the goal.
As humans, we make thousands of choices throughout the day, so if you’re someone who has been choosing different workouts, in different locations, at different times, this can give you a sense of feeling excited and entertained. It could also leave you feeling unintentionally scattered and even wasting time on a workout that will never be “the one.” When you choose a studio, it doesn’t have to be the one forever, but see if you can make it the one for at least long enough to see what it has to offer you. Think of variety like speed dating, and consistency like a healthy relationship where both circadian rhythms are valued. And remember, more options doesn’t mean more results. There’s power in making a choice.