I’ve been doing press ups for years. I’ve been teaching clients how do them properly for years. But tonight I’ve been reading up on form, flaws, cheats and generally how to improve and perfect the press up.
When I was a lecturer I used to teach a Japanese philosophy called Kaizen – which means “good change”. It’s part of a general approach known as constant and never ending improvement. Failure to change and improve leads to atrophy.
The hardest part is getting the balance between trying to get better and beating yourself up for not being perfect.
Sometimes we tend to make things that don’t matter too important and don’t place enough importance on the things that do matter. As Goethe said, “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least”.
There are only so many hours in the day, so constantly remind yourself that you WILL NOT get done everything you want to do. This would still be the situation if you had 100 hours a day. So, to quote Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, HABIT 1: Put first things first! Prioritise the things that matter most. Get them done first. And stop stressing over the things you can’t get done.