Chances are if you spend time in the online space or business realm you probably  know where the inspiration for this post came from, but on the chance that you don't let me explain a bit.

I stole the idea of prioritizing the "Religion" over the tactics from Gary Vaynerchuk.

If you don't know Gary Vaynerchuk is the CEO of Vayner Media and owner of Wine Library.

He's a serial entrepreneur with a serious bend towards the old school philosophy of out working every one while being new school enough to understand that people are his greatest asset both as a business owner and person.

Gary has spent most of the last two years going seriously ham on his personal brand and developing himself, rightfully so, as an expert in the world of business, branding, sales, marketing, and company culture.

Most of this has been done through the use of social media and building off of his two uber popular youtube series Dailyvee and Ask Garyvee.

A recurring theme throughout his content over the last two years has been the idea that way to many people get caught up in the tactics without truly owning and believing the "Religion."

He posits that this leads to too many people chasing new tactics that will change the game instead of executing constantly in alignment with the "religion."

I happen to think he's right.

And that's why I've stolen the analogy and wrote this post.

The same idea of "religion" over tactics applies to getting fit.

Everyone is caught up in the tactics.

They are searching for the latest and greatest training program or ab exercise or diet or cleanse or [insert any other thing that promises quick and easy results].

The problem though is the tactics don't matter until you buy into the "religion."

Until you really understand and believe in what it takes to get fit and remain fit.

This isn't anything new.

In fact Harrington Emerson understood this idea 100+ years ago.

As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.
— Harrington Emerson

And many of you intuitively understand it now after countless failed attempts at "X" diet, "Y" training program, or "Z" fast.

Regardless of the method you choose they all rely on a firm understanding and belief in a set of principles.

Without that they are useless.

In my opinion the "religion" of getting fit comes down to the following:

(1) Take action.
(2) Be consistent.
(3) Give consistent effort.
(4) Make outcome-based decisions.
(5) Play the long game.

My plea then to you is to focus more on the "religion" of getting fit.

In fact don't just focus on it become a radical believer.

Go all in.

If you do this then you can execute on whatever tactics fit you and your life best.

Happy moving and heavy lifting!

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