There’s a “rule” in aviation.
The “1 to 60 rule”.
If your trajectory is off by 1 degree………..
Then after 60 miles of flying forward………..
You’ll be one mile away from where you should be.
Landing a mile to the side of the runway probably wouldn’t work out too well.
And, as the average jumbo jet flies at around 500 mile per hour………..
You’d be a mile off course after about 7 minutes.
If you were flying from LA to London and were one degree off end, you’d up 100 miles off target.
In reality planes won’t stay on that exact straight line between points A and B on a flight.
They’ll deviate a little, sometimes on purpose, sometimes accidentally.
Then they’ll course correct.
And our lives are much the same.
Progress is rarely that straight line between where we were and where we want to get to.
We deviate on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
And that’s fine.
To a point.
If we course correct regularly enough, we get there.
If we don’t, we end up doing the equivalent of heading back home.
With a view to trying the journey again at some point.
The key to allowing us to course correct regularly, is to have more than than the final destination in mind.
Just wanting “to lose 3 stone and get fit” is like just wanting to arrive in London.
Essentially asking ourselves “am I in London yet?” along the way.
A plan broken down into manageable chunks………
Where we figure out the processes needed and schedule and do them…………
Is the equivalent to that radar or satellite guiding us along the way.
A weekly target of calories (even if we’re using a habit based approach) and workouts is something we can do, no matter what’s happening.
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That target taking into account the specifics and challenges of the week.
To make it doable, but worthwhile.
Remember, progress isn’t a straight line.
Veering slightly off that is perfectly normal.
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But having something to course correct to makes the difference between getting to where you want to be………….
Jon ‘Course not’ Hall
RISE in Macclesfield was established in 2012 and specialise in Group Personal Training weight loss programmes for those that don’t like the gym and find diets boring and restrictive!