Beware of the Bright Shiny Object

If you’re a football fan, this will make total sense.  Last year, the Brown, Ravens, and Rams put together a good season.  The Rams got a young new coach and the Ravens drafted Lamar Jackson.  In the offseason, the Browns got a new coach, drafted Baker Mayfield, and added some all-pro talent.  In the NFL, the fad seems to be to hire the young coach and draft the mobile quarterback.  Now, in the beginning, everything is good.  There getting quick results (wins) and everybody is happy.  Now what’s happening?  The Rams and Browns are struggling, and we all know what will happen with Lamar Jackson after teams get some film on him. 

Now, let’s look at the Patriots.  They’ve won 3 out of the last 5 Super Bowls, but more impressive, they’ve been successful for nearly 2 decades!!!  Despite being in a subpar division, that’s impressive.

Shiny Object

Why have the Patriots done so well the last two decades?  They stay consistent, do the boring work every day, and don’t chase the bright shiny objects.  They tried the shiny object with Antonio Brown.  They saw it wasn’t a good fit and cut him.       

This is exactly what happens with people and their fitness and/or weight loss goals.  They start a new exercise program, clean up their nutrition, and see results quick.  Then a plateau hits, and it all goes downhill. Instead of finetuning some things, they look for a bright shiny object like bootcamp or start the latest fad diet.  Yes, in the beginning, it may work (Ravens getting off to a hot start).  They might even see results but overtime it’s unsustainable and failure ultimately happens.  Then it’s the next shiny object and the process starts over again.

Instead going to the next shiny object, try doing what the Patriots do. Do the little things every day or week that aren’t sexy or Instagram post worthy. Try to exercise 2-3 times per week.  Take the stairs instead of the elevator.  Make better food choices.  Drink more water and get 7-8 hours of sleep.  These are the boring things that people don’t want to do but add up in the long run.


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