The Twenty Mile March
In the world of business, there is a strategy for growth and success known as “The Twenty Mile March”. It is a method of ensuring success through some not so intuitive practices. Basically, a business will commit to a very conservative amount of growth over a long period of time. This means that even during times of economic stability and opportunity, they stick to their goals and do not accelerate growth…no matter how fair the conditions are. The same goes for bad times too. The conservative growth goals must be maintained steadily no matter what the economic forecast. Businesses can sometimes look very good on paper compared to companies that engage in the Twenty Mile March, but over the long, long term, they out perform nearly everyone in their given industry.
How is the Twenty Mile March related to you? Well, the Twenty Mile March style of success is not exclusive to business practices, but really to anything! It certainly speaks loud and clear as a viable strategy around getting as fit and healthy as possible. Let’s explore some of the characteristics of someone who is on the twenty mile march as an individual in the context of fitness.
In fitness, we know how difficult it is to “stay on track”. Even when you are achieving your weight loss goals, or setting PR’s, it’s easy to cut yourself some slack and to stop working as hard. The Twenty Mile March can help cultivate a mindset that relies on high levels of discipline. Those who thrive in their fitness expose themselves to two kinds of pain/discomfort. One- They do not waiver from the plan at the most difficult times. Think to yourself when it’s most difficult to stick to what you’re doing. When you’re depressed? When you have to travel? When you have others to take care of? Two- they do not waiver from the plan during times of success. For example- have you ever over-committed yourself because you were so motivated to lose ten pounds? You worked out seven days a week for a month…then seven turned to five, five turned to two, and eventually you stopped working out altogether. Now- in the beginning, someone who works out seven days a week looks like they are on the path to weight loss or increased strength, compared to someone who is only coming in twice per week. Zoom out and look at a year, though. I would bet anything that the two-day per week person will continue this behavior much more sustainably. Over time, it is THEY who will have the results to show. So again- there are two levels of discomfort one must accept in order to march the 20 miles. Stick to the plan when life sucks, and stick to the plan when life is great. To put it simply, you’ll want to do just enough- not too much, not too little.
Practitioners of the 20 Mile March never blame circumstance or the environment for their failures or hardships. It might be appropriate to consider this a non-victim mindset. You see, as soon as you blame anyone or anything except yourself, you’ve given yourself absolute permission to fail. This is naturally human trait, born somewhere out of evolution to protect the ego, but creating awareness around it will open up a lot of possibility to discover what holds us back from within. In some cases, it may be entirely possible that you don’t actually want what you say you want. Having that sort of self awareness is invaluable. 20 mile marchers have the strength to look at their problems and take responsibility.
Taking the path of the 20 mile march instills and creates self-confidence. When you decide that you will be the one in control of your success, it gives you a sense of self-reliance, unaffected by outside conditions. This means you have planned for the worst, and know you will be self restrained during times of ease and growth. Ultimately, while most things around you are out of your control, your actions and decisions determine the amount of control you choose to give yourself!
So…are you on the 20 mile march? Or is your consistency as chaotic as the world around you?
To find out, ask yourself:
Do you have clear behavior and habit standards that are followed to ensure success?
Do you have self-imposed constraints, such as not trying to workout twice a day seven days a week?
Are the variables in your goals within your control to achieve?
Is this discipline self imposed? Or are you relying on external forces to “motivate” you to do what needs to be done? Hint…it needs to be self imposed…
Are you achieving a level of HIGH consistency?
If you answered NO to any of these questions, we have coaches who are well versed in the methodology of the 20 Mile March. Let us help you get on the path with us! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started today!
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