Making Progress

11 Nov


The quicker you expect progress, the longer it will take you. 

The longer you expect it, the quicker you will get it.

We all want progress, and we all want it yesterday. 

What I think we really want is to see ourselves growing; we equate progress to growth. 

It can bring us great pain to feel and see stagnation in our lives. And one way we can inadvertently try to create growth and avoid this discomfort is by trying to do too much too soon. 

Have no fear, there is a remedy to this overreaching. 

When we aim to leave each day a little better than when we started, we open the door to the law of small incremental gains. 

1% better each day over a year will lead to a 38% improvement, mathematically speaking. That’s not insignificant, that’s progress.

Expect progress from yourself, but expect it over a longer period of time.

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Episode 2: Training for Life with Coach Henry Torano

In this conversation we get into the following areas:

  • Henry’s competitive sport background
  • How we got into coaching
  • His new Crafted: Function Program
  • How his program differs from his Individual Design coaching
  • Misconceptions around training for health and vitality
  • What he’s you changed your mind on in the past year with regards to program design

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Along with my co-host Michael McElroy, I’ll be bringing top coaches together to discuss all things fitness—ranging from the sport of CrossFit to coaching to the pursuit of health—and how they all intertwine with every aspect of our lives.

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