The distraction is not the task

July 03, 2022 1 min read

Hey everyone,

Things have been so, so great lately. I feel so lucky. It feels like for the first time in a long time, I'm in a routine, I'm living my life, and I'm inching closer and closer to where I want to be. But — if any of you are also overthinkers you know exactly what I mean lol — that's often exactly when the dread hits. It's as though the closer I get to consistency, the more I start to "major in the minors". My weight cut is going well...but maybe I should stop eating carbs after 3pm?! My jiu jitsu comp prep is going well...but if I don't add the barbell glute bridge to my weightlifting plan, how will I be able to escape from side control?! Details are good, distractions are not. And so I have this new mantra plastered on post-it notes all around my apartment: the distraction is not the task.

The task is actually doing the thing. The task is not thinking about the thing, or stressing over how you might be doing the thing wrong, or spiralling over what else might help you with the thing. It's the same mentality that traps people in months of "research" to find the best meal plan, when they should just be cutting garbage food and training harder. It's the same trap for whitebelts who ask their professors how they can improve, or what YouTube videos they should watch, or which Gordan Ryan course they should buy, when they should really just be hitting the mats every day. They let the distraction become the task. 

Trying my best to focus...

- Heather


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