Posted by on Sep 4, 2015

Mike Yanda is an attorney and nutrition and fitness consultant from the great state of Texas. He lifts heavy, eats big, and works hard. His goal is show people how to make fitness work with their busy schedules. Want to train with Coach Mike? We can hook you up.

The Power to Change Starts with Action by Coach Mike Yanda

Knowledge is Power

I’m sure you have heard that phrase a thousand times before. It’s true that there is power in knowledge, but all the knowledge in the world won’t do us any good if we don’t apply it.

I think a better phrase would be “Action is Power.”

The most successful people, whether in life or in fitness, often aren’t those who have the most knowledge, but the ones who take action. This is especially true in the Internet age.

The Knowledge Trap

The Internet puts all of the knowledge in the world at our fingertips. You can hop on Google and find anything you want with a quick search. This fountain of knowledge is both a blessing and a curse.

In our quest to learn how to get in shape it’s easy to waste time looking for the best diet or exercise plan instead of taking action.

I have some news for y’all – there is no “perfect plan” that works for everyone. Everyone’s path is different.

The best thing you can do is get out there, try something, and see if it works for you. Stop worrying about the little things that don’t matter and get moving. You won’t accomplish anything sitting on the couch trying to decide what to do.

Stop Thinking and Take Action

You may not realize it, but you already know enough to start today. Take the knowledge you already possess and give it a try right away. It doesn’t matter if what you know is flawed, you can learn more as you go.

Choose a plan, try it out, evaluate it, make improvements, and try it again.

The key is to get out there and work to get better day after day. By consistently improving over time you will eventually reach your goal, no matter how flawed the original plan happened to be.

Action trumps knowledge every time, and only through doing will you find out what works best for you.

Your Basic Plan to Start Right Now

The key to any successful plan is consistency over time. With this in mind, take a moderate approach that you can stick to.

Start with a simple diet. Eat more protein and veggies with each meal to stay full. Don’t drink your calories. Remember, your diet doesn’t have to be all or nothing. When you make a misstep, learn from it and keep going.

When it comes to exercise, do something you enjoy. Start slow and focus on what you are physically capable of. Exercise should enhance your life and make you feel better. It shouldn’t make you feel awful.

Over time you can use your experiences to improve your plan, but you have to get started first.

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