I got locked out of my computer.
I’m not the most tech savvy person but I typically know enough to get by.
The other day, nothing was working.
It was like my computer decided to take a stand against me.
Maybe she was offended by my excessive use of the F word.
But she was clearly rebelling and I didn’t know the solution.
So, I asked a bunch of people who are way smarter than me what to do.
They gave me lots of nerdy things to try.
Things like … clearing my cache.
Updating my browser.
Eating a bunch of cookies (ok I don’t think they said to eat cookies but I heard cookies so I made my own conclusions lol).
The solution was simple …
Anyway, I didn’t listen to any of them.
I’m sure it was fantastic advice but it seemed really complicated (except for eating cookies).
I was already frustrated so the idea of having to use even more brain power just didn’t seem doable.
So, I did what any tech illiterate person would do in that situation …
I turned off my computer.
I told my computer I was giving her a break to think about what she did and to get her shit together.
And she listened.
I turned her back on and … voila … she worked again.
This has nothing to do with technology.
And has everything to do with simplicity.
You see … we are inundated with thousands and thousands of decisions every single day.
This shit gets tiring.
Start with something simple.
The last thing we want to do when a problem occurs is to figure out what the fuck a cache is or where to find a browser update.
That’s the equivalent of needing to learn a whole new language, simply to adhere to a dietary protocol.
If you don’t know what a macronutrient is … it’s unreasonable to assume that you can jump into a macro based program and start firing on all cylinders.
You probably need to start with something simple …
Like turning it off and back on.
Meaning … let’s find the solution that uses the least amount of brain power and build from there.
Brain power can come in the form of complexity … like programs that make you think a lot …
Ok, here’s how our diet works … first … you have to fast for 11 hours and 57 minutes.
Then, you can only drink organic coffee with a splash of almond milk and some grass fed butter.
If it’s not grass fed, it won’t work.
Next, you’ll want to drink 47 ounces of water with fresh lemon and 1/4 tsp of salt.
For breakfast, we have this easy to make recipe that only uses 17 natural ingredients.
Ummm, I was told there would be cookies. Can we go back to cookies, please?
You know it’s bad when my exaggerated example isn’t far from reality.
Brain power can also come in the form of willpower … like programs that test your ability to starve and deprive yourself …
Ok, our diet is really easy to follow.
You drink our superfood super duper clean smoothie for breakfast that will power you up with 200 calories. Just ignore the taste.
Then, you have a midday snack of 2 cashews. You’ll feel a huge energy surge after that.
Next, you can eat one of our cardboard bars that was formulated to provide you 1/100th of the nutrients you need.
And for dinner, you can make 1 of our green and clean salads.
If you’re still hungry after that, eat a stalk of celery and try to dream about pizza.
And the cookies? I swear someone told me about cookies but I think they lied.
It doesn’t take long for your willpower battery to hit zero.
The best solution is simple AND sustainable.
So, the key is to keep it simple AND sustainable.
You don’t need to learn a whole new language to create dietary success.
And you don’t need to starve and deprive yourself.
You can actually make a ton of progress with a simple solution, some really basic shit …
Like eating protein and veggies with each meal.
And drinking water.
And going for a walk each day.
And lifting some weights 2-4x/week.
And actually caring about sleep and self care.
And eating enough to support your goals.
The best part is that you can start with one thing at a time and get really consistent before moving on to the next thing.
It doesn’t require elaborate recipes or learning a new app or crazy amounts of willpower.
That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with recipes. It doesn’t mean you can’t use a calorie tracking app.
It simply means you can keep it as basic as you need to in order to keep things manageable for YOU.
Why do you think POP clients see insane amounts of success after years of struggling?
Why do you think we guarantee the results we create in our coaching program?
Partly because we’re a little nuts …
But mainly because we understand the individual.
And, when you can match the approach to meet each person’s individual needs …
It’s pretty easy to create lasting results.
Most people don’t think it’s extreme enough.
Most people won’t invest in themselves, commit to the long game, or embrace the simple solution.
And yet, most people continue to struggle and remain frustrated for years.
There’s always a cost.
You simply choose to pay with the resource you value the least.
If you don’t value your health … you’ll pay with your health.
If you don’t value your time … you’ll pay with your time.
If you don’t value your energy and well-being … you’ll pay with your energy and well-being.
Always a choice. And you’re always in control.