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Efficienct or Effective

I’ve been going to Starbucks to do my writing for years. If you’ve ever read any of my emails, then you’ve read something that has been written by me at Starbucks (95% of them were written there).

Here’s the thing, going to Starbucks is not a very efficient place for me to write.

Sometimes, I’ll see people I know who will start talking to me.
Sometimes, it’s so cold in there, my brain starts to shut down.
Sometimes, the music is so loud, that I have to put my headphones up even louder and then can’t concentrate to do my work.
Other times, I get distracted, when I look up something and go down a rabbit hole of fact-finding for 2+ hours.

Overall, I would put my efficiency at Starbucks between 40-80% depending on the day.

If I do work at my apartment, there are times when I can be 95% efficient. I don’t allow myself to get distracted and I can stay focused.

If this is where I ended this discussion, you would think I was an idiot for ever going to Starbucks to do work. But alas, it’s not.

Despite what I give up in efficiency at Starbucks, I make up in willingness to do work there. I might only be half as efficient, but I’ll stay there and do work exactly because of all of those distractions. The visual noise the place offers, makes me feel like I’m not missing out on too much. I will stay there for 5+ hours on end, if I have the time and I’m not freezing.

That means, I get shit done!

Overall, efficiency doesn’t matter because at the end of the day, it’s Effective for getting work done.

Meanwhile, I may be super efficient at my apartment, but my willingness to do work drops off after about 15 minutes.

I abhor doing work there. I’d rather be doing nearly anything and everything else – reading a book, taking a nap, eating, cooking, watching TV, practicing the piano, chores.

I would rather do chores than do work in my apartment, 90% of the time.

So, no matter how efficient it is, it simply isn’t effective.

What does this all have to do with you?

Often times, I see people try to be super efficient with losing weight.

They go for the super “high fat burning workouts,” the “detox teas,” the diet fads that promise to help them lose a ton of weight in the next 30 Days!

But why?

Why is it a race?

I’m sorry to break it to you, but that’s not how your body or life works.

Don’t get me wrong, we’ve all tried it at some point or another. Maybe not with fitness, but some other aspect of our lives, where if we just learn this “secret” we’ll get faster results with less effort.

All of us.

And those things sound super tempting. Why wouldn’t we want to be more efficient?

And efficiency isn’t wrong, but it NEEDS to be combined with effectiveness, otherwise it’s just a huge waste of time.

Because, even if the person loses some initial weight, it usually doesn’t stay off.

And that just means, all of that time you spent trying to “game the system” was wasted on something that could’ve started you down a better path.

So despite some methods feeling like they can be somewhat more efficient, often times, those methods won’t sustain your body or the results you want.

What Fat Loss University is mainly about, is finding a way to help you discover the techniques that are effective for YOU.

The bottom line being, does it work for you over the long-term?

If it does, congratulations, you found a method that you can stick with for life.

If it doesn’t, then you’re back on your journey.

During this journey, you’ll find that some changes are easy. You just needed to get started and the change sticks.

Other times, you made a plan, got started, fell off track, got back up and kept falling off and on track.

Other times, you winged it, and change lasted for about 2 hours.

No matter what happens, the key is to keep learning from everything that doesn’t work.

Keep failing forward.

In doing so, you ensure that your efforts will be a lot more effective going forward.

So for this year, and in this last week of this program (for most of you), start to find things that work.

Find things that work, that are effective, even if they’re not super efficient, for you.

Even if you feel like, “I can do this better.”

Let that thought go, because it’s usually a trickster. Just get back on track and do the work – the sometime inefficient, but super effective work.

That work that you’d rather skim. Do that work!

Because, if you can’t sustain a method, while still liking your life, does it really matter that you MIGHT be able to do it better?

In a word, no. It doesn’t matter.

What matters is, does this method work and do you still like the totality of your life?

The goal is to find something that works for you, in most situations.

For me, this year, I plan on working out before my first client. As I’ve gotten busier, I’ve missed more workouts than I would have liked. Not because “I didn’t have the time,” but because stopping the flow of work, would’ve messed up my ability to get that work done.

That means, I need a new strategy.

With all of that said, the one constant in life is change.

Your job is to keep adapting to those changes.